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Associated with overseas education and Managing Director of Atlas Consultants representing some of the leading institutes/universities in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Involved with student recruitment and marketing from past 17 years. EATC qualified education counselor as per the requirement of Australian Education International. Currently the executive member for central pool for “Association of Australian Education Representatives in India (www.aaeri.org)”. Helping and guiding students with courses & career options abroad.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Northern Territory - Australia

Students who opt to pursue further studies in the Northern Territory have a few advantages. Northern Territory is also known to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in Australia. Northern Territory region will find it beneficial 

The Northern Territory (NT) Government nominates highly skilled professionals and tradespeople who have positive skills assessments for skilled occupations on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) and the NT Migration Occupation List with skills and experience that align with the needs of NT employers that are in demand in the NT’s labour market.

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Australia - Post Study Work

Post Study Work arrangement for international students were introduced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on 23 March 2013.

Students who graduate with an Australian Bachelors, Masters or a Doctoral degree and meet the other eligibility criteria will have access to the new Post-Study Work Visa.

The duration of the post-study work visa you are able to apply for will depend on the degree you attain, as follows:

 *        -  Bachelor and Master by Coursework graduates will be eligible to apply for a two year post-study work visa

*           -- Master by Research graduates will be eligible to apply for a three year post-study work visa

·           - - PhD graduates will be eligible to apply for a four year post-study work visa

The post-study work arrangements is an additional stream in the temporary skilled graduate (subclass 485) visa. The temporary skilled graduate (subclass 485) visa has been renamed the temporary graduate (subclass 485) visa 

Eligibility for Post Study Work visa
To be eligible to apply for the post-study work visa, you must:

·        -  successfully complete an Australian Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree
·         have lodged your first student visa application after 5 November 2011 
·         - meet the Australian study requirement in the six months immediately before making your post-study work visa application
·         - be in Australia
·         - be under 50 years of age
·         - meet the English language requirement
- other requirements that will need to be met include health, character and security requirements.

The Australian study requirement

Regardless of whether you are applying under the post-study work stream or the graduate work stream, you must meet the Australian study requirements in the six months before making your subclass 485 visa application. 

The Australian study requirement is defined as study in Australia in a registered course for a period of at least two academic years. The course must be conducted in English and must be completed in no less than 16 calendar months.

To meet the Australian study requirement, you must:
·              -attain either a single qualification requiring at least two academic years study or multiple qualifications resulting in a total period of at least two academic years study
·              -undertake this study in no less than 16 calendar months.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

There is nothing like Great Ocean Drive - Victoria

A 90 minute drive from Melbourne's city centre is the starting point of the Great Ocean Drive.  It spans 390 kilometres from the town of Torquay to Nelson on the South Australian border. This is one of the world’s most iconic scenic coastal routes which is voted one of the world’s best scenic drives. A must see for every one

Monday, 27 February 2017

Student Part Time work - Australia

International students studying in Australia are allowed to work part-time for up to 40 hours per fortnight. During semester breaks students are allowed to work unlimited hours.

Most colleges and universities have a careers office, which regularly posts employment vacancies. 

Other options of finding jobs are thru local community news papers and networking. Students will have to meet people, go and personally drop resumes at various spots which can include local service stations, fast food joints, restaurants and other business establishments. Good communication and English speaking skills help a lot. Talk in a friendly matured manner and meet the managers and other crew. Give them an opinion that you are a fast learner and will work to the best of your ability.

The minimum wage in Australia is around AUD 15.00 to AUD 19.00 per hour. Most of the students working part time are working on minimum wage rate. Another factor is in part-time jobs students may not get enough hours every week. So I advise students not to go to Australia thinking that part-time jobs are easy and they can take care of all their expenses.

Students must also be careful that this part-time work does not interfere with their study program.
Indian students studying in Australia are generally working in service stations, departmental stores, warehouses, restaurants and security agencies. It is the same situation also in USA, UK or Canada. These part-time jobs actually build their self esteem and gives them good exposure/experience. Its a great opportunity also to improve your English language speaking skills 

Part-time work is not difficult to find if you have thge right attitude, good English language speaking skills and presentation skills.  Cities like Melbourne, Darwin, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane have a lot of part-time openings however there is strong competition. Some times students may not find time as majority of the time goes for their studies and assessments.

Therefore I strongly advise students not to depend on part-time work for their full expenses. Students must have sufficient support from their homes and should have a back-up. It is very important for students to concentrate on their studies before looking for work.  

Nishidhar Reddy
Managing Director
Benefits of studying in a regional University in Australia

There are a number of higher education providers located in regional and country Australia, which give you the opportunity to explore ‘the real Australia’ outside the big capital cities

A few cities in Australia have been given the status of being regional. These towns or cities are generally bit away from the main cities of Australia but in themselves they are developed and advanced cities.

Regional cities of Australia have all the facilities that are available in larger cities but have had less population growth. The universities situated in regional areas are amongst the Top Best Australian Universities. Many large companies are situated in these cities.

Some regional universities have been in existence for half a century or more, attract many students from metropolitan areas and overseas and have deserved international reputations for innovative approaches to teaching and research.

A few examples of regional cities Adelaide, Tasmania (Hobart), Ballart, Townsville, Rockhampton, Darwin etc

 A few benefits of studying in a regional based University
§                *  Low cost of living as compared to larger cities
§               *  Availability of part time jobs
§              *  Higher minimum wages while working part time
§              *  Chances of gaining extra 5 points towards Permanent Residency
§              *  Less competition

Popular Regional Australian universities:
§  *University of Tasmania 
§  *University of Ballarat - Main Campus @ Ballarat, Victoria
§  *Central Queensland University
§  *Charles Darwin University
§  *James Cook University
§  *Southern Cross University
§  *University of New England
§  *University of Southern Queensland
§  *University of South Australia
§  *University of Adelaide
§  *University of Sunshine Coast 

  PR Benefit
If you are thinking about applying for permanent residency in Australia once your studies are over, living and studying in a regional area will give you a distinct advantage. Study in a regional area will grant you five extra points in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s points test for skilled migration visa applications.



The RIGHT University for me ....

Choosing the RIGHT course and the RIGHT university is a big decision and I am well aware that many students are confused about this.

Apart from the academics students must also consider other factors like the location, weather, size of the city, the cost of tuition fee, cost of housing,  availability of part-time jobs etc. The institute should suit you both academically and personally.

Academics play a huge role in determining the right university or college  for you. But so does location. Where do you want to study?

Remember that this is the place where you will live, study and socialize for the next few years.
Larger cities like Melbourne and Sydney will definitely be expensive in terms of rent and accommodation, but again the exposure you receive will be different. Cities like Wollongong. Perth, Darwin, Brisbane and Gold Coast also have excellent options for Indian students.

Australian Universities (State Wise)

Australian Capital Territory
·         Australian National University
·          University of Canberra

* University of Canberra 

New South Wales
·         Australian Catholic University
·          Charles Sturt University
·         Macquarie University
·          Southern Cross University  
·          University of New England
·         University of New South Wales
·         University of Newcastle  
·         University of Sydney
·         University of Technology, Sydney
·         Western Sydney University
·         University of Wollongong  

Northern Territory
·         Charles Darwin University  

·         Bond University 
·          CQ University  
·         Griffith University
·         James Cook University
·          Queensland University of Technology
·         University of Queensland
·         University of Southern Queensland 
·          University of the Sunshine Coast  
South Australia
·         Carnegie Mellon University
·          Flinders University  
·         Torrens University Australia
·         University College London  
·         University of Adelaide
·         University of South Australia
·         University of Tasmania

·         Deakin University
·         Federation University of Australia
·         La Trobe University  
·         Monash University  
·          RMIT University
·         Swinburne University of Technology
·         University of Divinity
·         University of Melbourne
·          Victoria University

Western Australia
·         Curtin University  
·         Edith Cowan University  
·         Murdoch University
·         University of Notre Dame Australia
·         University of Western Australia