Coming Home

Coming Home

Congratulations on completing your studies! There’s a lot to think about as you prepare to come home and get ready to use your new knowledge and skills.

If you are not returning to a job, there are job opportunities available. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the job market so it’s very important that you don’t wait until you get back to start your job search.

The more research you do now the greater the chances are that you will find a job that suits you and where you can progress your career plan.

Researching Opportunities

The AASTL Office in Timor-Leste is here to support and guide to find job opportunities, business opportunities and it also provide a program that help to in your future career.

Joining the Timor-Leste Australia Alumni Association (TL3A) network can also help.

Job opportunities

Make sure you subscribe to services and networks where jobs and consultancy services are posted. Examples include East Timor Action Network (ETAN)

The TL3A Secretariat Coordinator posts job information to alumni. To register for these emails get in touch via and ask to join the TL3A private facebook page.

Business opportunities

If you are thinking of starting your own business, there are several organisations that provide advice, information and training including:

The Australia Awards Timor-Leste Program also organises entrepreneur workshops to support returning alumni to progress their business ideas.

Graduate Internship Program (GIP)

If you are struggling to find work that fits your career plan, or you are in work where you can’t use the knowledge and skills you gained during your studies in Australia, applying for the Graduate Internship Program (GIP) could help you. For more information about the program email

Preparing to Leave

Your Student Contact Officer will organise your return home travel. However, with COVID-19 travel restrictions changing at short notice, it is important that you share your WhatsApp contact details with the Australia Awards Timor-Leste office before you travel and that you keep in regular contact until you arrive back in Dili,

Reintegration Support

The Australia Awards Timor-Leste organises reintegration workshops for newly returned alumni. These workshops cover strategies to find a job, career counselling, advice on how to write good CV and interview skills and build networks and more…

Support from the Alumni Association

From Alumni Sectoral Groups to small grant opportunities, networking and professional development opportunities the association provides many opportunities to help you give back to Timor-Leste’s development. Find out more about what alumni are achieving and how you can get involved – visit the alumni section and join the TL3A facebook page.