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Working down under popular for graduates

Published: Tuesday, 17 February 2009   Category: Work Experience

More graduates have been successfully applying for Working Holiday Visas (WHVs) in Australia since the previous year, according to figures from the Australian Department of Immigration.

Although less than a quarter of those who travel down under actually apply for the visa, it is a good signal of a growth in the tourist industry in the country with 20,851 applications between July and December 2008, a 20 per cent year-on-year increase.

Publishing director for Backpacker Travel News Martin Lane has said that recruitment companies "remain upbeat as they are currently busy, feeding the high demand for casual staff".

He added: "Brits are popular as they speak the same language as the locals and are a good cultural fit."

The WHVs are available for 18 to 30-year-olds and last for up to 12 months and working abroad can help graduates gain valuable work experience and CV material.

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