Kelly Taylor 32, UK What made you decide to work in Australia? I initially got a Working Holiday visa so that I could see as much of Australia as possible, whilst working.
What job did you have at home? I was working as a registered nurse back home.
And what is that you do now? I’m a specialist nurse.
How did you land your new job? When I first got here on my Working Holiday Visa six years ago, I worked for a few different agencies in order to try out different hospitals before committing to one. When I eventually found one that I was happy with, I was lucky enough to get sponsored by them.
Where in Australia have you worked so far? I’ve worked in a few different hospitals in NSW, both in the private and public sector.
What are the good points about your new job? When you work through an agency, your hours are really flexible as you pretty much choose your own hours. If you’re on a rotating shift you might do a shift on the weekend and get a day off in the week. And it’s always nice to look after patients – you get to meet some really nice people.
Do you have any funny stories to share from your job? Well, you get some funny comments from the patients. I had one patient who told me if I only was 10 years younger, he would definitely get with me…
Are there any bad points? Working nights is really hard, and something you might have to do if you work with an agency. Working weekends isn’t always that good, when your mates are going out and you have to go to work. Especially when the weather is so nice! It’s also a stressful job. But being a nurse is really rewarding.
What’s the pay like? The pay is relatively similar to UK wages, but because the lifestyle here is a lot cheaper you get more out of your money, and it’s easier to save more.
What would be your best advice for travellers considering your job in Oz? Work through an agency when you first get to Australia – you’ll be able to try out different hospitals. The work environment is really important, especially if you want to get sponsorship. Don’t get stuck in a job you don’t like.