Considering a working holiday? Read on...

Keen to go travelling, but don’t have the cash? Maybe you’re having one of those ‘what am I doing with my life?’ moments and are thinking that the best thing to do is run away for a little while. If so, you’re going to want to check out The Working Holiday Club.

Mark Timmel found himself in one of those situations. “I was at a bit of a crossroad career wise and hadn't really done a whole lot of travel. I thought a move for a ski season would be the perfect way to have a break from the usual 9-5 (without completely leaving the workforce) while seeing and experiencing another part of the world.”

The Working Holiday Club specialises in working holidays to Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. They aim to take the hassle out of all of the tedious admin stuff that comes with moving overseas – things like visas, accommodation, and the most important thing – a job. “I was recommended to The Working Holiday Club by a friend, and the certainty around housing and job at the other end were the main draw cards.” says Mark. “It took the worry out of moving across the globe on a limited budget.”

While in Canada, Mark worked in a finance office that serviced the ski fields of Whistler. “My role was primarily front-line support in assisting with bookings when they came through from travel agents as well as rectifying issues etc. The bonus of being based in the finance office was that I avoided the cold and the experience was valuable for my resume.”

“Work was on a 4 on 3 off 5 on 2 off roster, allowing for plenty of time to get up the mountain! While all the usual day to day tasks didn't vanish, living and working with a whole bunch of people from all over the world meant plenty of time was made to play hard.”

Mark’s advice for anyone that might be considering a Working Holiday Club program? “Get in early to nail your preference, but apart from that, just do it! The security it provides outweighs the costs by a long way!”

Get more information about The Working Holiday Club here.

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