Life of a Wandering Malaysian in Australia

Jia Sheng Chong

Hi, I’m Jia Sheng and welcome to my blog where I talk about my learnings and journeys in Australia.

As a past international student who transitioned into a full-time working adult, I write about studying, careers, travel, and finance here in Australia.

Hope you enjoy my content and you learn more about me here.

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How To Get Your First Internship as an International Student

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Let’s be honest. Finding an internship as an international student is hard. We’ve got a mountain pile of assignments, limited support, and we’ve got to transition into a new culture. To make matters worse, most employers avoid hiring international students. That means it will be much more competitive to get into companies that hire international students. For us, it’s a...

3 Reasons Why I Choose to Live Frugally

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The battle against financial stress by living frugally. After graduating and preparing to enter the workforce, I’ve encountered several financial obstacles that had me in a bind. This included 2 minor car accidents amounting to A$2,000, Medical Checkups – A$315, and an expensive graduation gown hire – $A80. Despite working casually as a web developer, I had depleted all my money...

Another Year, Another Perth

Blue House, Perth by Amanda Klamrowski on Unsplash

Returning to Perth was nostalgic. Despite being here only for 3 months in the past, those 3 months were probably what shaped me the most to become what I am today. But that’s a story is for another time (maybe). Previously, I didn’t have the privileged the travel much around Perth as I was interning at Woodside Energy, most of my time was worrying about work and what I was going to...

My Career as an International Student

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Walking through the searing hot weather of Brisbane, without data, without a map, I can’t help but wonder, “What am I doing here? Did I even make the right choice?” That was my first day in Brisbane. Drenching in sweat, with no protection against the sun, it was my skin against the UV rays of Australia. My goal that day was to find and set up a bank account. After half an hour...

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