In this post, you are going to learn – How To Find A Job In Australia As An Accountant Without Any Local Experience.
In fact – These are the exact strategies Varun Jajoo used when he first moved to Australia in 2017. These tips will help anyone find a job in Australia.
He is currently working in the Direct Tax Team – KPMG, Sydney (Australia) gaining strong exposure to the Australian Tax Laws. Prior to moving to Australia, he was associated with PwC, Mumbai in their Corporate Tax Team for 3 years.
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HOW ACCOUNTANTS CAN FIND A JOB IN AUSTRALIA
- One really needs to get their ‘VISA’ sorted before you even think of applying for accounting jobs in Australia.
- Most companies don’t want to sponsor visa since there are already a lot of options available out here (unless you are a Transfer Pricing professional). If you have good transfer pricing (TP) experience in a big consulting firm, there is a much greater demand. In fact, some firms even sponsor visas for experience Transfer Pricing consulting professionals (it’s just a few, not all). I am in Corporate Tax, not Transfer Pricing just sharing what I know!
- We migrated to Australia without any job offers in hand (like most people). We reached Australia and started connecting with people. Indians working in the Big 4’s and other tax consulting firms were very helpful. Indian seniors working in the consulting world referred our CVs and that enabled us (my wife and I) to get the job interview.
- While it’s a tendency to connect with recruiters when you are moving to Australia, our personal experience was that – Recruiters won’t bother helping you unless you have local experience. Your best bet is to apply to companies directly through seek.com.au or through connections.
- Indians, in general, are very helpful and it’s a good thing to connect to fellow Indian professionals when you are moving here.
- ICAI has a chapter in Sydney, and one in Melbourne as well. The ICAI chapter community out here is extremely helpful. So that is really amazing.
How KPMG Happened:
- Well in my case it was more of the company choosing me.
- KPMG gave me an opportunity to get back into Tax consulting so I happily took it up. You can read my CA Journey here. I wanted to get back into consulting, and having prior PwC experience in India helped a lot.
- If you have Transfer Pricing experience, getting a job here won’t be difficult once you have a visa and move to Australia.
- As mentioned above, we moved to Australia and then started applying for a job.
- We applied through Indians working in Big 4’s and they are all really helpful.
Job Process in Australia:
- Getting the first job is the biggest struggle (at times) in Australia. Everyone wants a Local Experience, but no-one wants to give a newcomer a chance.
- It’s almost impossible to get a job in Australia while you are in India or in any other part of the world.
- Moving from a Big 4 internally to an Australian branch might be feasible, but even that’s not easy.
- Within a Big 4 to Big 4, you may get to start just one designation lower if you are extremely good at whatever field you are in.
- Also, if you transfer from one Big 4 (eg: EY, India) to another Big 4 (eg: PwC, Aus), you’ll definitely start at a much lower level (there are always exceptions, but this is in most cases) so be prepared!
- Once you’ve got the first job, half the battle is won. If you are lucky, you may get the first job within weeks if not it can take even up to 6 months. It’s a huge patience game.
- You can’t possibly lose hope because getting a job can take forever (at times).
- Once you’ve got your first job, life becomes a lot easier / manageable. But a Finance professional will get a job for sure, so don’t worry!. The demand for Accountants is high in Australia.
- One needs to be prepared to do low paying and volunteering jobs side by side while you hunt for a good job – he concluded.
Now It’s Your Turn
I’d like to hear from you:
Do you agree that with enough patience finding a job in Australia is easy?
Or maybe you have a question about something you read.
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.
If you have a specific question for Varun, comment below and I will connect you to him.