Jobs are hard to come by in Sydney especially if you’re an international student. For one thing, while my uni was in session, I could only work 20 hours a week which just isn’t enough to actually make good money but it will pay your rent and give you moving around money. I started looking for jobs thinking my experience from Pakistan would be an advantage but it was quite the opposite. International experience doesn’t carry much weight. My degree got me call backs or replies but no interviews.
Field experience is what people were looking for and I did not have that. I looked and looked and applied to everything that I thought I could do on SEEK but no luck till I came across an advert which looked quite promising. I called the number listed and spoke to a very pleasant lady called Orlagh who called me in for an interview the same day.
Much to my surprise, it was a sales job, something I had been running from most of my life but as so it happens, I ended up with just that. Anyway, having some sort of job was better than not having a job at all so I went for it. I was trained in what seemed to be just talking to people all day long and getting them to buy the product I was selling. It wasn’t easy at first but the systems and people were pretty great and soon I started getting better at it.
Obviously, it took me a while to get the hang of it especially since I had a huge cultural barrier in my way meaning I wasn’t Aussie. Anyway, the people there were pretty nice and helped me out a lot. I started enjoying myself and when I realized that I could make anywhere between $300-700 a week, I got excited and decided to stick around.
I am now a contractor in the ProSales division of Appco Group. I sell wax and a lot of it!