05 March 2013

J1 visa helps Cambell land job with YouTube founders in Silicon Valley

Media and Communication Graduate Cambell Klose is living it up in the USA, interviewing music legends The Dandy Warhols and working with YouTube founders in Silicon Valley. How did he get to where he is today? He got the kick-start to his career with the aid of the US J1 12 month working visa.

Until a few years ago, it was impossible to do the Australian rite-of-passage working holiday experience in the USA, however an agreement struck between Australia and the States in 2008 means that it’s now easier than ever before to pack your bags and head to the US of A.

The J1 12 month working visa allows you to work in almost any field in the States and is only available to Australian and New Zealand University graduates.

Joining IEP’s Work USA program afforded Cambell a 12 month ticket to ride whatever opportunities the USA presented him, and ride them he did. Whether it was spending Thanksgiving in a snow covered forest in Maine, cycling through Amish countryside from Ohio to Kentucky, or interviewing his favourite band, the Dandy Warhols, for a music/culture magazine San Francisco, Klose ticked some pretty serious boxes on his bucket list.

Asked what advice he would give to someone who wants an American adventure, Klose was quick to reply ‘Do it. It is hectic, invigorating and completely intoxicating. I don’t want to go home. I have made friends here, and work connections that I will have for life.’

So what’s next for Klose? You’ll find him in the States for another 2 years at least, having achieved the truly once in a life-time opportunity to have employment sponsorship from the creative geniuses behind YouTube, in a start-up company in Silicon Valley, California.

For more information on the Work USA program please visit www.iep.com.au/workusa.

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