[clug] Another pom incoming.
steve at echo.id.au
Sat Apr 14 22:32:44 MDT 2012
Canberra-based IT pom here (and soon-to-be citizen in the coming months).
Speaking from experience finding "good" work in IT (ie, something that
would challenge the skills you've outlined below), in Canberra, as a
non-citizen can be a frustrating experience. That's not to say it's
impossible (I have similar skills to you and been fortunate enough to
secure 3 full-time IT jobs over the last 4 years). Rather, you'll have
to get used to "Must be Australian Citizen" appearing on the vast
majority of job ads.
Canberra being the national capital and relatively small (as compared to
Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne), means 80-90% of IT jobs are either in
the public service or in some way linked to the public service (ie,
working for <insert large global vendor> who holds support contracts for
.gov.au departments XYZ). This means most (but not all) will require a
security clearance. There are a handful of departments that will accept
Permanent Residents for IT work (for examples, see ).
As a non-citizen, getting a security clearance is possible but, as
already mentioned, you would need to posses some exotic,
hard-to-find-locally skill set - zero-g certified COBOL programmer or
It took me 5 months of semi-serious hunting before I finally landed a
job at a local University (applied for via their website). Recruitment
agencies were, for the most part, apathetic. Once they find out you're
not a citizen their interest in you tends to wane, at which point they
invariably ask if you've considered looking for work in <insert other
Australian capital city>...YMMV.
My advice would be to keep checking the on-line job sites, this mailing
list and perhaps consider applying to some of the local Universities -
suitable jobs do surface on a semi-frequent basis. If you're so
inclined, now might also be a good time to line up some of those IT
certifications you've been thinking about doing - something to keep you
occupied, motivated and that bit more employable when the interviews do
start coming in.
Sorry if this all sounds doom-and-gloom, that's not my intention. I'm
trying to strike a balance between constructive, realistic and at the
same time, giving you some idea of what to expect. I for one would have
appreciated having this information before I arrived.
In summary, there ARE jobs here that are a perfect match for your skills
and don't require you to be a citizen, they just require an
above-average amount of digging to find.
Good luck, stay positive and let us know when you get that first job.
On 04/13/2012 10:53 PM, Dave Sharpe wrote:
> Dear CLUG!
> I am an active member of the Scottish linux users group and was
> see that Canberra has an active LUG for me to
> take interest in.
> My family and I are moving to Canberra in September. I am struggling to
> find many jobs advertised online in my area (Linux SA, with CCNA/RHCSA)
> that don't ask for security clearances of some kind which I A) Dont
> and B) Probably won't get due to my residual pom status.
> Do you think I am going to struggle to secure good work in Canberra?
> Thanks for any advice and will come pester you all soon,
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