Hi all :)
I am a graphic designer based in Korea atm and I am making moves to relocate to Australia early next year. I will have a valid working visa for a year, but I guess it won't be easy for me to jump right into the industry there. Any tips and tricks on making connections, finding a job there, or just.... anything?
The one thing I am most confused about is, whether it would be a good idea to start applying for jobs while I am in Korea or not.
This is my Linkedin profile, you are more than welcome to connect with me:
You can register with employment agencies like http://aquent.com.au if you're based in Melbourne or Sydney - and keep an eye out for jobs on the job-board here (again only really for the eastern states cities), or the regular channels.
It's hard to get in, but once you do, doors tend to open a lot easier.
Nice work! I'd say go for it, contact as many places as you can whilst you're still in Korea! Even try to find out if there are local Korean publications/newspapers you could reach out to for work, or contacts perhaps?
If you're looking for more graphic design/publishing work I'd be boosting your folio with more English typesetting work so people can feel confident you can typeset both languages well. Having said that, @Justinfox has a point - you may well want to reach out to people who need Korean language work done; you might also be able to stretch to Chinese and Japanese if you have your own version of InDesign with you as our English versions aren't as well set up to typeset Asian languages.
Of course there's also the UI aspect to your work you might want to build on, but I'm not as well placed to advise on that area.