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    I'll try and make this as short as possible. I'm 20 years of age, and I'm 5 months away from finishing a BTEC Level 3 full time diploma in travel and tourism at college. I live in Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom), and here I am asking a specific question. I guess I may add why I'm asking this here. I'm a friendless hermit. Nothing is really keeping me where I live, and I'd like to move away. Life isn't going to get better for me here, and I'd like to move. My brother's friend said that when he was my age, and doing an ICT level 3 course in BTEC, he moved away to Australia for 2 years, then Canada for a year, before returning to Northern Ireland. He claimed it really helped him 'find himself', and has recommended me to do something similar, and 'go and live life whilst you still can'.

    He explained to me that the wages in Australia/Canada were quite good, and he received specific payments, but told me as things might have changed since then, to surf the internet for specific questions. So how would this all work?

    I'm guessing I'd need to seek a job? How much money would I need? Visas? How do I get there? etc. Sorry. I'm just lost. Thanks.

    Also, would I perhaps receive specific payments for leaving?
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    Getting into Canada can be a bit tricky. Usually you need a job offer, and they work on a points system. If you google it you should be able to find the test somewhere to give you a rough estimate whether or not you'll be able to get a visa. But essentially they want people with a lot of work experience, or needed trades.

    Australia is much easier. As you are a British citizen you are eligible for a holiday work visa, so you can live and work there for a year. If you work for a certain amount of time in agriculture out in the provinces they'll extend your visa. My friend went over with about £2k and he is having a great time. Again, google is your friend you should be able to find out a lot more online.
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    Serious question - have you made any effort at all to find this stuff out for yourself with, you know, an Internet search engine or something?

    Also - you think the taxpayer should pay you to go on holiday? Really? As a taxpayer can I be the first to say get stuffed you lazy git.
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    (Original post by Pariah)
    Serious question - have you made any effort at all to find this stuff out for yourself with, you know, an Internet search engine or something?

    Also - you think the taxpayer should pay you to go on holiday? Really? As a taxpayer can I be the first to say get stuffed you lazy git.
    Of course, but I thought it best to ask about as well.

    I never said that. I simply asked if I'd be entitled to it. I never said what you're claiming. Unless you're answering my question I've posted, please leave any negativity out. Peace and love.
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    I went to Australia for two years under the Working Holiday Visa program. Initially it is for one year but you can extend it for another year if you do 88 days/three months of rural agricultural work.

    The WHV costs about £300 now. They say you must also have evidence of AU$5000 in support funds, but myself and everyone else I know was not asked for this upon arrival. Up to you if you want to take the risk. You must take up travel insurance as well.

    The cost of living in Australia is very high, but the availability of work and the wages more than make up for it. The lowest paid job I had was $19/hr. Bear in mind you can only work with one employer for 6 months maximum. I still advise on being prepared and committed to finding work as soon as you arrive. Have your CV tailored as an Australian resumé.

    If you can do this all independently if you like, but if you want a lot more help and guidance through the process then I highly recommend doing what I did and signing up to the global work and travel agency BUNAC:

    http://bunac.org/uk/work-abroad/work-australia

    They put on cheap group flights with a Hong Kong stopover to people who sign up with them so you won't be alone, they have their own jobs agencies in the main cities with an exclusive jobs database and they put on optional travel packages.

    If you mean specific payments for leaving Australia, you probably mean a superannuation or an Australian pension. For every taxable job in Australia you have about 9% of your wages paid into a trust/pension fund set up by your employer or your bank that can be accessed when you either leave Australia or retire.

    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about anything.
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    Hi there,

    We're the working holiday division of STA Travel and we offer lots of different working holiday packages in a range of different countries from Australia to Canada. You can check out all of our working holidays here:

    http://www.bunac.org/uk/work-abroad

    We've got over 50 years of experience helping young people to travel and take a working holiday so we know exactly what's involved with the whole process. We have resource centres in-country too so you have full support from our team from the minute that you book until you're back on the plane after an amazing year! Our guys in country are there to assist with getting set-up in your new surroundings and helping you find work and accommodation there.

    If you have any questions just ask and we'll be able to help.
 
 
 
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