"After I graduated I worked as a cleaner in Woolworths - it was midnight until 7am and it was a really hard time for me, as I was also preparing for my IELTS exam at the same time. I realised that I had no leisure time and no days off - so I decided that I wanted to change my job to something in the daytime.
I got a job at the Cardamom Pod as a dishwasher - I started with two shifts and now I have six or seven - and I also introduced another person to my manager for a job. I went to my first Australian party, it wasn't too crazy - just some music and beer!
I also saw some guys cleaning on morning near Woolworths, they had a 6am until 8am shift - so I asked how they got their cleaning work. One of the guys was going to Melbourne for work so I took his job. It is seven days a week and is good money!
I then found another cleaning job in the newspaper - I am working with a Brazilian girl who lives at South Golden Beach. She has two children and is a very strong woman. We work near Aldi and she looks after me.
Amy at Lexis corrected my CV for me and it helped for sure. There was some fundamental things like putting on a reference, and Amy was my first reference.
My advice to any students looking for work in Byron Bay is that if you get help from another person, then make sure that you don't forget the help, and help another person too - the community going around will make you lucky. The reason I got the job at the Cardamom Pod is that I was helping someone that worked there with her homework. I also cover shifts even if it means I am working day and night. And keep trying!
My favourite thing about being in Byron Bay is that I have changed. When I was at university there were lots of policies and I walked the way that other people would usually go. Now I make my own way, and make my own decisions.
At university there was just one answer, and now here in Byron there are lots of choices. For example, today I had a Spanish lesson in the library - it was great! I feel really enthusiastic, there are no limitations."