Upon successful graduation, you can explore several possibilities of either continuing your higher studies in Australia or look for employment options here, or applying for working visa.
In some circumstances, you might be eligible to apply directly for permanent residency, but this is usually determined by certain factors such as age, qualifications, English proficiency, work experience, etc.
You can also opt for returning home to pursue your education or look for suitable work experience there.
There are many opportunities for work or study available right here in Australia if you choose to stay back, but you must make sure that your visa allows you to do so. At times, you may have to get a fresh visa, and you can check this through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website that will help you know if your current visa meets the requirements or if you have to look for other solutions.
EMPLOYMENT after graduation
Your Australian qualification will make you an attractive employee, not just to employers at home, but those in Australia and around the world as well.
If you are considering staying in Australia and working after your current visa expires, you’ll need to get a new visa that lets you do this. There are many options, so work out what best fits your situation.
If you completed a Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree, you might be eligible for the Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.
Alternatively, a new employer may be able to sponsor you for a new visa – talk to their Human Resources or Recruitment staff.
If you want to stay in Australia independently of employer sponsorship for a longer term or professional career, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.
You can find out more about your visa options at the Department of Immigration website.
Wherever your post-graduation path leads, think about joining an alumni group from your institution. It will help you stay in touch with your classmates, and can provide you with great benefits and opportunities.