Career breaks are becoming increasingly popular with young Brits. Figures released by the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs in October 2005 showed that of the 113,936 Australian working holiday visas issued in 2005, 28,821 were to UK nationals in the 18 to 30 age bracket.
The Australian working holidaymaker is no longer the typical gap year or university student, backpack and surfboard in tow. The new breed of working holiday maker is an executive level, late twenty-something, looking for a career break after five to six years in the workforce.
For those looking for a career break or those looking to change careers altogether, working holiday schemes are the ideal arrangement, offering:
the chance to work as casual labour in Australia
a welcome change from the stress of city-life
maintain a sensible work/life balance
The Australian working holiday allows work with any one employer for up to six months and study for a period of up to four months.
With working holiday schemes, travellers don’t have to dip into savings. So, before committing to mortgage payments, a new career or even family-life, under 30’s are taking the time to experience life Down Under. Some people see it as a break; some see it as their last chance to have a little fun before the realities of life set in.
Working holiday visa processing times vary, it can take up to 8 weeks to process, but frequently the visas come back within 24 hours. In theory, you could leave your job in London on Monday and be working in Sydney on Friday.
Ready for your career break? Complete your working holiday application here.