It’s very difficult to understand a country only by web browsing!
I’m a self educated graphic designer, planning for my settlement in CBR in near future. I’ve been granted a permanent work visa by the government.
Both being proud of having this golden opportunity to live and work in Australia -hopefully forever-, and concerned at the same time about wether my skills will be adequate for such an advanced, competitive job market, naturally I’m very concerned about how to position myself to get the right job.
Being active in various fields in design and print for many years, I can position myself as a graphic production person or a prepress tradesperson.
For the technically interested, I have experience working with the following software,code, OS’s and tools: Studio Visualiser, Lightroom, Dreamweaver, Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, HTML, ActionScript, MacOS and Linux. My portfolio is mostly consist of print jobs like magazines, package designs,posters , advertisements and branding / identity. I also do amateur street photography and landscape photography in my free time.
Although I’m a self educed person, (University dropout), my about 15 years of experience of working with design studios, prepress companies and various design and print clients gave me enough good reputation to be able to teach in design web design and technologies to B.A graduates in private institutes for about 5 years.
However, I know that sadly I can’t ship my work reputation overseas and I’m anxious to know wether local businesses will give me a chance to show what I can do, or I’ll be rejected outright due to lack of related academic education.
My questions are:
1-How should my general approach to job market should be? Posting on job sites and waiting is enough or there are more active ways of looking for job?
2-Is there a chance that I get basic job and modest salary that make ends meet (rent+other basic living expense+transport) within 2-3 months after my settlement finalised? Or I should prepare myself for a long period of unemployment and be very careful about my expenses?
3-Is it a possibility that a private institute accept me as a web design teacher in it’s very basic courses? (perhaps after I getting a certificate or passing some exams myself?)
It would be highly appreciated if you advise me how my approach should be. I’m willing to work with competitive salary, because I’m interested to learn the local business culture as soon as possible.