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Working Holiday Jobs?

Postby stickyfingers85 » 21 Mar 2012, 22:23

Hi

I'm a Uk Citizen, living in the UK, and my girlfriend is Taiwanese, living in Taiwan. I am looking at applying for one of the new Working holiday visas so i could go to Taiwan for a year to live and work, to experience Taiwan over a longer period than I have done before (I've visisted twice for 3 weeks each)

The problem is that i really dont want to teach English and I'm having a hard time finding any other jobs available, certainly not for a short period as the Visa would only last a year.

I also do not have a degree, but have 6 years working experience in the IT Industry on support, infrastructure, etc, and this is really where my skillset is

Any idea what sort of job I would be able to find, if anything at all? I would be able to save enough money working in the UK to last me a year in Taiwan, but I would rather work to suppliment it

Thanks in advance
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Re: Working Holiday Jobs?

Postby PigBloodCake » 22 Mar 2012, 11:17

stickyfingers85 wrote:I also do not have a degree...


I hate to say this....really hate to say this to a :newbie: but.....forgive me: don't bother coming here.

No degree = no dice.
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Re: Working Holiday Jobs?

Postby sandman » 22 Mar 2012, 11:24

PigBloodCake wrote:
stickyfingers85 wrote:I also do not have a degree...


I hate to say this....really hate to say this to a :newbie: but.....forgive me: don't bother coming here.

No degree = no dice.

I believe the working holiday visa has an entirely different set of regulations and is aimed specifically at undergrads. Dunno what kind of jobs they offer, though. By far the most common is teaching English in remote areas where they find it difficult to attract normal staff, so that might be a problem if your girlfriend isn't living in the area to which you are posted. Some of the schools in which they place working holiday people are many hours of inconvenient travel from Taipei, so you probably would see very little of her during your time here.
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Re: Working Holiday Jobs?

Postby PigBloodCake » 22 Mar 2012, 16:23

sandman wrote:I believe the working holiday visa has an entirely different set of regulations and is aimed specifically at undergrads.


Well, he did mentioned that he has 6 years of IT experience so I'm assuming that he's not an undergrad.

Of course I could be wrong but I like my chances.
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Re: Working Holiday Jobs?

Postby sandman » 22 Mar 2012, 16:36

PigBloodCake wrote:
sandman wrote:I believe the working holiday visa has an entirely different set of regulations and is aimed specifically at undergrads.


Well, he did mentioned that he has 6 years of IT experience so I'm assuming that he's not an undergrad.

Of course I could be wrong but I like my chances.

I was talking purely about your contention that you need a degree. You don't. I dunno what the actual upper age limit is, but I seem to remember that you have to be under 26 or something like that. Its aimed specifically at undergrads but is is not limited to them.
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Re: Working Holiday Jobs?

Postby stickyfingers85 » 22 Mar 2012, 20:50

Thanks for the replies

You dont need a degree to get the working holiday Visa, just be between 18 and 31, have a certain amount of funds available, and be from a short list of countries

Really I'm just trying to find out what kind of jobs I would find for the year I'm there.
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Re: Working Holiday Jobs?

Postby monokuro » 23 Mar 2012, 01:07

stickyfingers85 wrote:Thanks for the replies

You dont need a degree to get the working holiday Visa, just be between 18 and 31, have a certain amount of funds available, and be from a short list of countries

Really I'm just trying to find out what kind of jobs I would find for the year I'm there.


I didn't know they offered working holiday to Taiwan - do you have a link of more information, I'd be especially interested to know if you can get an ARC with that?
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Re: Working Holiday Jobs?

Postby tsukinodeynatsu » 23 Mar 2012, 02:31

stickyfingers85 wrote:Thanks for the replies

You dont need a degree to get the working holiday Visa, just be between 18 and 31, have a certain amount of funds available, and be from a short list of countries

Really I'm just trying to find out what kind of jobs I would find for the year I'm there.


Honestly, they used to have to deliberately create the jobs for the WH visa holders. Things like driving the little train around the zoo and stuff. They seemed to give that up a few years after they started (the website's still there though) and now most WH visa holders come here on the visa, find a job and do a visa run to change to a work visa.

Do you speak Chinese? If you speak Chinese you can do pretty much any job you want. If you don't, you're either going to end up teaching or doing IT (God knows where, but if you try hard enough I'm SURE you can get an IT job). If you could set up some sort of remote IT business that you can manage online you'd be pretty set, since the cost of living here is so much lower than the UK.

monokuro, a friend of mine did WH and I don't think she was able to get an ARC. I remember she had to do a visa run.
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Re: Working Holiday Jobs?

Postby stickyfingers85 » 23 Mar 2012, 21:40

Information is hard to come by as the Visa was only introduced 1st Jan 2012 for both Taiwanese visiting UK and the other way around

You do get an ARC, in fact its part of the Visa rule that you apply to get one within 15 days of arrive in Taiwan

I believe a max of 1000 Taiwanese can get the visa each year to visit UK, but I am not sure if there is a restriction on the number of British Citizens visiting the Taiwan

http://www.taiwanembassy.org/ct.asp?xIt ... 32&xp1=132

I don't speak Chinese, no. However as part of my year there im going to attend a language school to get some lessons. I guess I'll just have to hunt around for a any kind of job when i arrive

Thanks again for the help
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Re: Working Holiday Jobs?

Postby WaltzingMatilda » 26 Mar 2012, 15:28

I think one of the problems you'll have here with a WH visa is that most companies won't have any idea of what it is or the requirements. I arrived in Taiwan a little while back on a WH visa and a lot of places had never heard of it and always asked me "is this a legal visa?".
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