WORK WHILE YOU STUDY
You may be eligible to work in Australia while you study, depending on your visa. Students that study English at Greenwich College often choose to work in industries such as hospitality, construction or office cleaning whereas those studying vocational courses typically opt for office work to help advance their career.
How many hours can I work?Student visa holders are able to work over 40 hours per week.* If you hold a working holiday visa, you can work as long as you like for a maximum of 6 months with any one employer.
You need a Tax File Number (TFN)Once you have working rights, you will need to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) for taxation purposes. If you start work before you get your TFN, you have 28 days to provide your TFN to your employer.
Types of jobsMost students work in hospitality and services because it offers flexible working hours, which allows students to study at the same time.
Starting out, you can look to find work as:
- Bar staff
- Kitchen hand
- Shop assistant
- Delivery person
As your English improves, the chances of finding employment in more professional areas increase. Higher level students, and students who complete Greenwich’s courses in Business of Management often find jobs in the following types of roles
- Customer Service
- Office administration
- Business administration
Rates of payThe rates of pay will be different from place to place, but you could expect to earn anywhere from AUD$21 to AUD$38 per hour for hospitality and bar jobs. Office based jobs tend to pay about $25-$50 per hour.
Greenwich Job ClubJob Club is held each Friday – providing students with the opportunity to learn skills and techniques to improve their employment prospects and to seek specific advice to help get secure a job.
You’ll learn something new each week – such as:
- How to write a resume
- Interview skills and practice
- Common behaviours and etiquette in an Australian workplace
- City tours - showcasing places to apply for jobs