Gap Year Company Programs??
Replies: 27 - Last Post: Apr 22, 2013 6:47 AM Last Post By: PoppyG
Apr 3, 2013 2:26 PM
no I am not, if it is post paid you will pay a lot more per call than what they are charging in the cap. Obviously prepaid, you have to purchase more credit to access your phone.
As both Justin & Ozzie have stated - Vodaphone have had a lot of problems with their network in larger cities where you would not expect it to happen. I know of a couple of people who where able to get out of their contracts due to their problems.
If you are travelling away from big cities and heading 'bush' - Telstra has the best coverage but is more expensive. Optus is nearly as good. Your particular phone will help with how good of signal you can get in a bad signal area.
Apr 3, 2013 5:02 PM
16"$30 cap means - for your $30 you will get xyz amount of calls and xyz amount of txts in that charge. Anything over will be charged at a higher rate"
This suggests that you can go over your limit - you cannot.
You have the $30 amount of credit and once you run out you have nothing until you top up with credit again. This is what I disagreed with.I never advised anything other than taking out a SIM with credit when on a WHV. Any decent phone comes with 18-24 month worth of contract so it is somewhat pointless without a guaranteed 2WHV within 3 months of landing - or sponsorship to even consider this option.
As for Vodafone - I cannot comment outside of Sydney. I have only been out here 4 months and I joined them from landing and from that day, in Sydney, I have always had signal and good data connection. In fact in all honesty I tend to have 'H' for data which is much better than what I used to be stuck with in the UK.
When I finally get round to finishing off this huge FAQ I am writing up I will state that generally Telstra has better coverage. But for most UK folk their phones should work with a Vodafone SIM no hassle.
Apr 3, 2013 9:37 PM
17When I finally get round to finishing off this huge FAQ I am writing up I will state that generally Telstra has better coverage. But for most UK folk their phones should work with a Vodafone SIM no hassle.
Provided they don't venture too far from the central suburban area of Sydney (and that, to someone born and bred there) includes Manly.
Apr 3, 2013 10:46 PM
Apr 4, 2013 6:22 PM
19This is going completely off of topic - we are talking about mobile coverage now ...
Like I keep saying I have had ZERO problems. All my house mates are with Vodafone - we all have perfect signal and great data connection. But I have done a few google searches and it does state that Telstra has better coverage so I will link it, I cannot be fairer than that.
Apr 6, 2013 5:05 AM
20As I said before, you and your flatmates live in the inner subrubs of the largest city in Australia. I would hope you do have good coverage. However, my friends in the outer suburbs do not - they have major dropouts and black spots wth Vodahone, and as for rural and regional areas, the coverage there is patchy at best.
You need to add the experience of those who live and travel in other parts of the country.
Apr 7, 2013 5:23 PM
21I'm not disagreeing with you lol ...
I said that I would.
It didn't take me very long to find that Vodafone are voted very poorly.
On a side note - Supposedly Aldi are launching a new SIM and credit option through Telstra. Supposedly it comes with 4GB of internet data, unlimited calls and texts within Australia for around $40. I need to verify this, it was mentioned to me yesterday but that could be an excellent option
Apr 8, 2013 2:25 PM
Apr 8, 2013 4:46 PM
Apr 20, 2013 2:28 AM
24Hey guys, we've gone through the majority of the numbers, and it is cheaper to do it all ourselves.
Thanks to all who helped with this discussion.
One question - we can find RSA courses in Sydney, but what are the Hospitality courses that these companies run? (For example Gap 360's Absolute Oz program? And where are they run/how often/how much?
Apr 20, 2013 5:17 AM
Apr 21, 2013 4:42 PM
26P&K - I'm not exactly sure what they are but they are probably not necessary (bad grammar). The RSA/RCG are required to get work around alcohol or Gambling machines (pokies I think they call them out here).
You can technically work as a waiter in a restaurant/cafe if they don't serve alcohol. Obviously this is far more likely with a cafe.
Most cafe's however will have decent coffee machines and they may want experience using them.
My advice would be to take the RSA and the Barista course if you are intending to work in that industry. I never waitered in my life and then I went to Disney, Orlando for a year and did it every day. I challenge you to find a place as busy, on a daily basis as that. All you really need is a willingness and confidence, save yourself the money if all they are going to show you is how to carry plates?
The best thing I can suggest is to create your CV's a head of time. Jump on seek.com.au, alter the search factors to bring up all jobs accepting WHV's. 30% of what it finds will be recruiters looking to get people on their books:
'Hiring admin staff, lots of positions available, enquire now - immediate start'
That sort of thing. Just mass apply to them all. Cater your CV for call centre's, office work and sales. Follow all applications up with a phone call the next day (give it 24 hours) and you will get interviews. I did this and I was working within 2 weeks in a decent job (City of Sydney Council).
It's all about being pro-active. A lot of the jobs that are available to backpackers out here aren't exactly rocket science so it's really down to being confident in the interview and just picking it up on the job. Both my house mates (in fact A LOT of travelers) had never done sales. One was promoted 2 weeks ago to a manager for door to door sales (*Shudders*) but now he has his own van and gets around $1,000 a week but he stuck that for 2.5 months to get there. The other quit, tweaked his CV, did the above and now works nights at The Hilton for around $29p/h ...
I guess where I'm going with this is don't think you have to come here, work in a restaurant and then pick fruit. There's a lot available. It is competitive, sure - what major city centre isn't? But if you go at it the right way you can work a cushty mon-fri 9-5 drawing probably $700 a week. Probably an easier life as well ...
Anyway - Good Luck
Apr 22, 2013 6:47 AM
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