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A new immigrant, asking for employment advice

By emigre 1 December 2013 67

Greetings,

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.

About me:
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.

Thanks for your help in advance,

Émigré

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emigre 6:02 am 17 Dec 13

Katietonia said :

Getting some experience with content management systems might help. .. such as drupal. If you fail to find work as in print you appear to be interested in web too.

@Katietonia

Yes, web can be a good option, indeed I have a long history of web design and teaching web design. For example, until recently I used to teach HTML/CSS/ActionScript for more tan 5 years in two private institutions. One of them the largest non governmental institute in my country.

However, I need to update my skills, because you know, web design technologies change faster than dress fashion trends these days!

Thanks for the advice!
-E

emigre 5:57 am 17 Dec 13

Katietonia said :

Also for these kinds of jobs they will want to see examples of work or a portfolio. I’m guessing any referees you have will not be in Australia too so make sure they are contactable. I’m Australian but have moved back here twice after long stints living overseas and that was an issue. Luckily email referee reports are OK for many places.

@Katietonia

Thanks for the very helpful advice! I’m coming from a country with a very complicated business system and many businesses that I work with them are difficult to find and contact now, renamed, moved, closed down or merged. That’s why we Iranian designers used to the idea to put our signature on our works as much as possible and it’s always a source of stress and challenge with clients and authorities (how don’t like a designer sign e.g a billboard because they consider it “double” advertising). However, I have a large print portfolio, from magazines,product labels, to package design and references for teaching for more than 5 years. I usually take a carton full of physical samples to my job interviews in Tehran! I hope it doesn’t look unprofessional in Canberra. I hope potential employers will understand that the chaotic world of a third-world immigrant is very different from their own organised, well documented business system.

Our employees / clients are very uncooperative when it comes to providing you references and sometimes even remove your name from the work you did (e.g. a web site) after the project delivery. Many companies that I work with prefer to hide the fact from costumers that their designer is “Iranian” and they won’t let you even tell other companies you work for their brands. They sometimes simply refuse to pay you some part of the fee, and there are no legal frameworks that protect a designer or her/his IP.

I’m sure the work atmosphere in CBR is way more humane and professional. After all, that’s why I worked hard for and waited for about 5 years, and accepted many hardships to come to your democratic, rational and free country! I’m sure Australia won’t fail me, and because it’s a democracy, I’m sure I’ll be 100 percent more happy, no matter how much I lose my resume/business reputation and social status I used to have here. But i digress, and became emotional. Excuse me 🙂

Thanks,
-E

emigre 5:39 am 17 Dec 13

ausbradr said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

I don’t know if the market is still that tough. Has anyone recently been involved in looking for rentals to confirm or deny this

Nope, the market has been a piece of piss to get into. We nabbed the first place we liked, at a good rent, decent landlord and all. Bidding wars / such sound like the situation in the inner-west of Sydney at the moment.

@ausbradr
@wildturkeycanoe

It’s certainly very good news for me! But the thing is , at least from online property listings, it doesn’t look like that, specially, when you look for very small places. CBR certainly has lack of small, budget apartments. Maybe the prices are not that high once you get Australian salaries…Anyways, I set aside around 50K to burn until I find a job. Hope that suffices.

Thanks!
-E

emigre 5:33 am 17 Dec 13

Ryoma said :

Hi Emigre

I just read something in either the Canberra Weekly (http://www.canberraweekly.com.au/) or the City News (http://citynews.com.au/) about a firm called Focus Press expanding in Canberra. Their website says there are no roles available at present, but I suggest that you try to make contact with them. I’m not sure if they need your skills exactly, but they might know who could help.

Even if you simply suggest you’re new in town and you’d like to take someone to lunch, that may be a good way to break the ice.

Here are some links about Focus Press:
http://www.focuspress.com.au/about-us/careers/
http://print21.com.au/focus-press-gets-set-for-canberra-expansion/63819

@Ryoma

Dear Ryoma,

I hope all is well!

Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, They have both prepress and design, so theoretically I’m fit for apposition. I will look for it.

Warm Regards,
-E

Ryoma 6:34 pm 14 Dec 13

Hi Emigre

I just read something in either the Canberra Weekly (http://www.canberraweekly.com.au/) or the City News (http://citynews.com.au/) about a firm called Focus Press expanding in Canberra. Their website says there are no roles available at present, but I suggest that you try to make contact with them. I’m not sure if they need your skills exactly, but they might know who could help.

Even if you simply suggest you’re new in town and you’d like to take someone to lunch, that may be a good way to break the ice.

Here are some links about Focus Press:
http://www.focuspress.com.au/about-us/careers/
http://print21.com.au/focus-press-gets-set-for-canberra-expansion/63819

ausbradr 9:55 am 14 Dec 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

I don’t know if the market is still that tough. Has anyone recently been involved in looking for rentals to confirm or deny this

Nope, the market has been a piece of piss to get into. We nabbed the first place we liked, at a good rent, decent landlord and all. Bidding wars / such sound like the situation in the inner-west of Sydney at the moment.

Katietonia 7:31 am 14 Dec 13

Also for these kinds of jobs they will want to see examples of work or a portfolio. I’m guessing any referees you have will not be in Australia too so make sure they are contactable. I’m Australian but have moved back here twice after long stints living overseas and that was an issue. Luckily email referee reports are OK for many places.

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