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The working limits imposed on international students have been temporarily lifted during the COVID-19 pandemic for those working in the hospitality and tourism industries. Students can now work more than 40 hours per fortnight during study periods, as long as they keep up with their course-load and achieve a passing grade. This is due to a shortage of workers in hospitality and tourism Australia wide, and businesses are keen to hire any workers they can find. Many employers are also offering higher starting salaries to entice and keep people on board, so new workers in this field are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking which places to work for.
If you’re someone who loves variety, a career in hospitality might be for you. Australia’s food and wine culture is world renowned, and with new people and new challenges every day, working in this constantly changing industry is ideal for creative problem solvers. Whether you’re a chef, a waiter, a hotel manager, or a barista, the hospitality industry is constantly adapting and setting new trends. You’re guaranteed to never get bored!
As a student, a hospitality job can easily fit around your study schedule. Most businesses have part-time or casual positions available, with flexible shifts to suit any lifestyle. Whether you have an early lecture or night classes only, most employers are willing to schedule around your availability.
Hospitality jobs are vital to the lifestyle of any country, and the skills are transferable worldwide. The industry values good communications skills, detail orientated people, organisational skills, and great time management. A person trained in these skills is valuable in any sector, and experience in such a fast-paced industry can help you land many jobs if you return to your home country.
A career in hospitality can also get you closer to a permanent residency. The Victorian Government has recently announced new Workforce Skills Pathways, specifically for skilled chefs and cooks who are currently in high demand. You no longer have to be working in a STEMM field to apply for a Skilled visa subclass 190 or 491 if you have been working as a chef or cook in Australia for five years. And with the hospitality industry facing a revival post-lockdown, more opportunities for other skills and occupations in this industry are expected to become eligible in coming years.
If you have been considering a career in hospitality, now is the time to get ahead of demand and train your job-readiness. MCIE has a variety of hospitality courses available that focuses on the skills employers want.