Anna Mcgrath, 28, From England
So, what’s your new job? I’m a temp with Law Staff. I’m currently on my second placement with a mid-tier firm in Sydney CBD. I’m in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa so temping is ideal for me.
Why legal matters in Australia? I really wanted to get a broad overview of the law and legal practice over here. I practised law in England and wanted to get an idea of the differences between here and there. My boyfriend is Australian and we may potentially settle over here. I wanted to find out first hand what it would be like.
How did you land this job? I saw an advert for Law Staff, in TNT Magazine in fact, and contacted them. They did the rest! Most temporary positions are advertised through agencies, so it made sense to contact one. I chose Law Staff as I specifically wanted legal work. Within hours of my appointment with Law Staff I had a placement.
How’s the pay? The pay is very good. It’s comparable with salaries for legal secretaries in England.
Best points about your job? For me, apart from the legal experience, it’s great to meet so many new people. That is important to me, being new to the country and the Sydney area. There is also the added flexibility of temping- working when you want to.
Any bad points? It can be a little nerve-wracking starting a new placement, as with starting any new job. Having said that, everyone I have met has been so friendly and welcoming, the nerves soon go.
What was your job back home? I was a legal executive. I practised in family/matrimonial law in a small firm in Birmingham, West Midlands.
And how does it compare to working in Australia? For a start, working in Sydney is amazing. It’s such a vibrant city and I love it. The work is obviously very different and varied. Day to day office life is quite similar though. The transition hasn’t been difficult at all. It’s also extremely nice to actually see sunshine in your lunch hour rather than rain!
How long have you been in Australia? Nearly four months. I will be here 12 months in total. Is sponsorship an option? Potentially, yes. One of my current colleagues has been sponsored following a temporary contract, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Any advice for travellers considering your job? Make the most of time with your new colleagues. Ask them about places to visit, they will know the best places to go and see, as they are locals. Always say yes to after work drinks, you will get to know people much better. Be nice, they may ask you back!