You may want to consider jobs in Australia in order to live and support yourself even after you retire. However, in order to qualify for your retirement visas, neither of you will be allowed to work more than 20 hours a week. This means that you need to secure part-time employment that earns enough money to support your needs and is not taxing on you. Remember, you are retired, and you don’t want to slave away at work anymore. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what options are open to you and your spouse to work in the land down under?
As a retiree, you most likely have a wealth of skills and experience you’re your former working life. What was your previous career? Is there any way you can put it to use in a part-time environment? For example, if you were an accountant, perhaps you can work part-time to help with special clients in an accounting firm.
If you were a lawyer, there are jobs in Australia working as a law librarian or paralegal that could work out as part-time employment. You could consult as a financial adviser or work 20 hours a week at a local bank as well, if you were in the field of finance or economics.
Perhaps you don’t want to continue doing something you’ve done your entire life and want to take on something that you consider less stressful. In my opinion, taking on part-time administrative work almost anywhere is a great course to choose, since your hours are probably going to be early, and there is little stress involved in filing and answering phones (the majority of a receptionist’s responsibilities).
Of course, if you enjoy seeing and speaking to people, retail may be a way to go, since retailers are always looking for part-time help. This can also get you out and about, socializing and familiarizing yourself with Australia and its lifestyle. Other work in Australia that can be secured part-time includes work in trades and services, such as fixing watches or performing other skilled trades, or perhaps even work in the health care industry.
In fact, the allied health care professions – dental assistance, medical billing, medical assistance, and more – are in just as high demand in Australia as they are in the U.S. You can also find part-time work in education, training, customer services, and even management. The opportunities are endless, so seeking part-time jobs in Australia as a retiree doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you know what you want to do!
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