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Is Working Holiday Worth It?

Wong Shu Lee  


  August 25, 2021

A Working Holiday allows someone to visit a country for longer than the average tourist with the opportunity to take on short-term jobs to save money or at least help fund the trip. 


It sounds like a great idea for those who love to have in-depth travel. However, some also question is it worth spending the upfront application fees for these working holiday programs just to work on casual works or low wages works in a foreign country. 


Well, it depends on what you want. 


If your main goal is to boost your career, a working holiday may not suit you. Although it’s possible, it’s unlikely that someone is going to hire you into a better-paying position that will help you build your career, because they know you won’t be there for more than a few months. It’s not worth the investment on their part - as they are looking for longer-term employees in those sorts of positions.


Therefore, most of the jobs that are available for working holidays are minimum wage jobs, such as short-term farm labour jobs, hospitality, seasonal work, retail, etc. 


However, the type of casual work you can do on a Working Holiday Visa has a lot of advantages when you start seeing it as a temporary means to an end to funding your travels. 


For example, I have a friend that worked in a local theme park in the USA during her Work And Travel program. Although not being paid much, she is able to meet friends from other countries and communicate with locals. 


During her off-days, she enjoyed the surroundings and went to visit all the nearby attractions. After she completed the three-month contract job, she spent the money that she saved up to fund her travels around the whole USA. 


Sure, the job during Work And Travel program isn’t a job that she would want to stay with for many years, but it’s definitely a perfect way to her funds topped up while she could really experience living in another country. 


So, it just depends on your priorities. If making money and focusing on your career is most important to you - it makes sense just to stay in your own country and work on that. 


If you want to experience living in another country, consider working holiday jobs as a means to an end to achieve that goal - rather than the job being the goal itself. 


Anyway, these programs are almost impossible at this moment due to the pandemic. What are your thoughts about working holidays? If the pandemic ended, would you consider these programs? Share your thoughts with us! 


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