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In the gold-rush era of the 1850s, Melbourne was one of the British Empire's wealthiest cities. While these mineral riches may have lost status as the key driver for its present-day economy, Melbourne still glitters, and it embraces a history of welcoming migrant workers from around the world.
Melbourne has an exceptionally multicultural workplace. It’s a location where an expat employee is likely to find themselves working in a team with colleagues from all over the world.
Job market in Melbourne
In recent years, there has been a rise in demand for workers in several of Melbourne's thriving industries. At the top of this list are the construction and defence industries. Science and technology workers are also in demand, as are those in the industries of advertising, arts and media.
Although most of Australia has seen a decline in the mining industry, Melbourne's mining sector is still in good shape and may have opportunities available for expats in the industry.
Many opportunities also exist in regional Victoria for those expats willing to live in the smaller towns and cities which have a more urgent demand for skilled employees.
Finding a job in Melbourne
Common places to find jobs in Melbourne include online job portals and local newspapers. It is also worthwhile to visit the websites of individual companies to check if there are any vacancies listed. Recruitment agencies are another helpful resource when finding work in Melbourne.
Work culture in Melbourne
Energy, capability and a positive attitude are the key personal qualities that will endear an expat to their new work colleagues in Melbourne, far more so than impressive qualifications or assumed status. Australian workplace culture reflects the relaxed informality of everyday Australian life. There is no standing on ceremony, and relations between management and staff are informal although still business-like.
Expats who are used to working in formal environments may take some time to adjust.
Are you an expat living in Melbourne?
Expat Arrivals is looking for locals to contribute to this guide, and answer forum questions from others planning their move to Melbourne. Please contact us if you'd like to contribute.
Alison Ripley Cubitt is an author and relocation consultant for Australia and New Zealand. She has lived and worked as an expat in Malaysia, New Zealand, the UK and Australia.
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