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Getting a Second Year Visa: My Story

Brendan from our Australia Taxback team tells us about the job he landed for his 2nd year visa that was anything but traditional!

Getting my second year visa

What would you be doing now if you’d never made the spontaneous decision to experience somewhere else in this beautiful world? Now think of yourself sitting back at home, planning your trip across the world. How much has changed since you made one of the biggest decisions of your life?

I’ve been in Australia for 2 ½ years now and I love it. Melbourne has become my home away from home and has a special place in my heart. Being this happy in Australia didn’t happen straight away though. For the first few months of my first year visa I struggled to get work, had very little money, and was considering just going home. Australia was proving more difficult than I had imagined; it definitely wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be!

 

The arrival


I landed in Sydney with my two mates and plans to get our regional work done straight away to qualify us for our 2nd year working holiday visas. We heard that Darwin in The Northern Territory was a good place to get construction work, which would qualify us for the visa, so we packed our bags and headed to the Youth Shack Backpacker Hostel.

The hostel turned out to be pretty awesome and the staff super friendly so we were excited to get some well-paid work in the area. Despite our expectations, we found it difficult to get work on the sites as we had no previous experience, with the exception of our mate Gary, who landed a really well paid job as a trade assistant.

As the money began to run out we were lucky to find Tuesday and Sam, two girls working in the Job Shack within the hostel who found us employment to help pay the rent and enjoy a few scoops! Unfortunately, these jobs didn’t classify us for our 2nd year visas so the search continued.

 

The Pearl Boats


While at the hostel, we made some really good long-term mates, and as it turned out one of them worked on the pearl boats two weeks on and one week off. On his one week off he would stay in the hostel and this is how I ended up on the pearl boats.

Once I passed the interview and drug/medical test I was sent to “The Mop Shed”. This is where we learned the skills needed on the boat and after a week of learning all the different knots, etc, my name was called and I flew out the following morning.

Ecstatic, I couldn’t wait to see what it was like. From flying a sea plane and seeing 1000’s of sharks and witnessing some of The Northern Territory’s most beautiful sunsets, what was ahead of me couldn’t be put into words. Luckily enough, I took some photos to prove this is definitely the best job for your regional work!

I would even go as far as to say it’s the best experience of my life and if you’re lucky lucky enough to get the chance, you should grab it with both hands. 

If you plan on going to Australia, then have a look at our Work and Holiday Travel Guide for info on everything from 2nd year visas to finding a job. You can download it for free here. 

So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t already embarked on your adventure now’s the time!

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About The Author

Brendan Arthur - Sales & Marketing Executive @ Taxback.com

My role as Sales & Marketing executive in the Australia market has provided me with some of the best experiences of my life. Every day I meet amazing and interesting people and get to see this beautiful country. I love my life :)

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