Santa in the sand dunes

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 25: Santa Claus holds a beer as he watches children open their Christmas presents on Christmas Day at Brighton Beach on December 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Brighton Beach features 82 colourful bathing boxes, which are one of the tourist icons of Melbourne. Temperatures in Melbourne on Christmas Day topped thirty degrees celcius. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)


Imagine this: you are living in Australia. You’ve landed a job, you’ve jumped through the visa hoops, you’ve scored a place to live. Awesome! But something’s not quite right. The year is heading towards December festivities, but weirdly, the weather is warming up. You know the seasons here are 180° reversed from the northern hemisphere, right? And you ask yourself: what is the point of turkey, holly, nuts and eggnog if it’s a brilliant sunny day outside?

In December, Australia’s average high temperature ranges from 20°C in Hobart in the south, up to 32°C in Cairns in the north (because in another quirk of antipodean meteorology, the north is warmer than the south).

So, while many many people enjoy Christmas in the traditional format of Chrissie pud, brandy butter and the best silver; increasing numbers of us are heading to the beach. After all, Australia has about sixty thousand kilometres of coastline, and almost every inch of it is pristine: soft sand and clear water.

Here at Working In we like to think of the long summer break as bringing not one opportunity, but two. OK, number one: eat, drink, be merry, relax. No worries!

Secondly, if you are not yet in OZ you should probably use some of your time off work to progress your plan. Take an hour here and there to take the next step in your visa application. And, wherever you are, use this time to prepare for your next job.

Why? Because many Australian employers prefer to hire in the new year. If their office re-opens on, say, the second week of January, you need your your CV ready to rock from that day onwards.

And yes, help is at hand. There are tons of employment opportunities on our Australian job site, which we highly recommend. And we can help you get a serious jump start on your visa application, too. Our pre-assessment service is an inexpensive and highly efficient way to figure out which visa is right for you, and what you’ll need to do to get it. It saves some people literally months of work and waiting.

Lastly, don’t forget to check out Movelist, to help you manage the entire shebang, from jobs and visas to packing your pet and landing a place to call home.

Gosh. With all that in mind, it occurs to your humble blogger that this has been a big year. Trump trumpeted, Britain brexited. A lot of people are asking what the future might hold. But the question is, what does it hold for you?

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