I'm a dutch student currently doing an internship at the UNSW (at the Center for Quantum Computing and Computation) and I would like to find a job in Australia. I have an Applied Physics master with an average of an 8.0/10 which I think is the same as 'with Distinction'. After this internship I will graduate so I am currently applying for graduate programs and looking for jobs at a number of different sites. I have already sent out some applications to companies like McKinsey and Google.
However, I am wondering how much my visa status is a burden to my prospective employers. I am in Australia on a student visa and am not eligible for an skilled migration visa since the job of a 'physicist' is not on the skilled job list. Most employers require you to have the right to work and/or live in Australia (permanent residency or Australian citizen is usually required), so I like writing a well researched application to these employers would be a waste of my time. Or am I wrong to think that?
I am eligible for the Skilled - Recognised Graduate (Temporary) (subclass 476) visa, since my home University is on the list. This gives me the right and work to live in Australia for 18 months, so this might still be not enough time for a full graduate program which I would like to apply for.
I also have some work experience next to my studies, I have been on a board of a student society back home for a full academic year (full-time position) and have been a project manager for an NGO in Ghana between the time I finished my bachelor and started my master. So it isn't like I have only been in Uni. I do not have an IELTS test score, and I can probably take one at the UNSW. Would this IELTS test increase my chances with employers?
Yes this is going to be very difficult for you, so I would not apply for any of the formal graduate programs on our website straight away as you will likely not be eligible. I would instead look at the relationships your university had with some Australian employers and see if there is a way you could get an opportunity within one of these organisations. You sound like a smart guy, and therefore will not doubt be a valuable asset to an Australian organisation, however you simply fall outside the scope of the majority of formal graduate programs.
If you can work for 18 months I suggest getting that visa as soon as you can and then start contacting physics graduate employers directly to see if there are any opportunities open for recent graduates.