Working at the Races Melbourne Reviews
Mar 03, 2007
The spring races bring out the best and worst in everybody. Girls float around the city in designer garments, lost hats are strewn all about the streets and all about is an air of excitement.
It is not spring (our seasons are back to front), but races still run this time of year. In fact, I was working at a race last weekend and I've been rostered on for next weekend too.
In November, Spring Racing fever generally hits - in fact smacks - the three million people who live in Melbourne in the face. Painted statues of horses are erected along Bourke Street and equestrian motifs suddenly become very fashionable. As you probably know, the races aren't only about horses; they're also about fashion and betting.
Autumn Racing is less giddily sensationalised than the Spring Races, however they are still races nonetheless. And with that comes that familiar feeling of excitement and festivity.
A lot of study-abroad students tend to look for jobs when they're in Australia, and after acquiring the correct visa it's fairly easy to get a job at the races, even with little experience. You just have to apply at the right time.
In July of 2006 I scoured the net for casual jobs. The Melbourne Racing Club were employing. What a dream! I love horses, even just the sight of them will set my mood in order. A quick interview and I was in.
What is working in Melbourne like?
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