So first I was doing one thing, then I started doing another thing, then that thing didn’t work out so I did something else and now things have changed all over again…
After a pretty full-on week of job hunting here in Sydney, I realised that there were too many reasons for people not to hire me. Now, I don’t mean that in a bad way; I’m a smart person, I’ve never not worked (be it a paid or voluntary role since the age of 16), I’m hard working, I’m a nice person (who is cringing writing such things about myself), my CV looks good, etc. So no, I don’t mean it in a bad way. In this moment though, I would be hesitant to hire myself and here’s why:
- I have my RSA, but it’s not valid in the state of New South Wales = I can’t work in an establishment that serves alcohol. Bye bye bar work.
- I’m here on a working holiday visa = job restrictions
- I have less than 5 weeks until I start a Nannying job (something I’m actually VERY excited about!!)
SO not only am I not qualified to do the easiest, most accessible job in town, but I’m here on a visa that comes with restrictions AND I have a short window of availability (link back to lack of NSW RSA where short-term casual bar work would be easy to get) et voila. It has been tough. I spent many days walking around various suburbs asking anyone who will listen if they have job vacancies. Some seemed interested, but then came the “how long are you in Sydney?” question and…well…yeah. The lack of results were getting me down – I mean REALLY getting me down. Here I am in a country I’ve always wanted to visit, a beautiful country with so much to see and do, yet I have no money to do anything, no friends to explore with and no one hiring me: something had to give.
That something was my “travel home” savings and ohhh did they give.
So here’s the new plan:
Duh! Why didn’t I think of that sooner?? Why am I keeping money aside for a plane ticket that I wont need for another 18 months? If I had an income then sure, leave those $$$ well alone, but I don’t and I want to start doing things. I didn’t come out to Oz to sit on my backside watching New Girl by the series. That can be done anywhere. If I’m going to be eaten alive by mozzies on a daily basis then damn it I’m going to be eaten alive in the outback, touring the Ocean Road, or something.
Guy and gals, let me introduce you to my February:
I start my job at the beginning of March, so between now and then I will be visiting:
Great Ocean Road
Uluru (Ayres Rock)
….and numerous other places in between!
To say I’m excited would be an understatement! SUPER EXCITED would still be an understatement. This is what I came out here to do. It’s not the order I expected to do these things in, but I guess that’s life – it throws you in random directions from time to time and you can fight it, or you can jump in and enjoy the ride. I’m extremely thankful for my life-long saving abilities, including my ability to organise, setting aside some of that for my flights home. If it wasn’t for that money, I’d be in a different head space right now. As it is I now have a short stint left in Sydney before jetting off on another adventure. Work will come – and is coming – later, which will recoup the money I need to travel home. Sorted. Thanks for the nudge, Lou ❤
Expect a lot more in the way of blogging over this next month. Life’s about to get pretty interesting…
*I am appalled at the title of this page.