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Come, move to the desert

April 29, 2010 1 comment

I’ve been out on holiday. And now I’m back.  Sporadic posts will now recommence.    🙂

Some people I know from Tasmania are relocating to Alice Springs, so most of the posts over the coming weeks will concentrate on my thoughts & feelings about the town. Like most blogs, the content I write is going to be subjective with maybe a modicum of objectivity depending on my mood at the time I write.

I’ll be covering topics such as which suburbs (yes, Alice Springs is just large enough to have its own suburbs) are desirable, which schools & pre-schools would I choose, which medical centre I use and why and so on. All the stuff that people about to move in need to know in order to make semi-informed choices.

Now I don’t usually pass the url of this particular blog on to people I personally know, this is where I express myself completely, and in a small town, anonymity can be a useful thing. If friends or family stumble upon my little hideaway here in the centre of the universe, well, be warned if you go trawling through the archives.

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Jobs, Illness, Heart Disease & a Flooded Desert

March 14, 2010 1 comment

Jobs have come and gone.  Other jobs have proved elusive.  Another job was not what it appeared to be on first presentation to me.  Having expressed interest in one job I arranged to have an informal chat.  Which then became a more formal-sounding interview.  I appeared on time only to discover that they’d given that job to another. And somehow they’d forgotten to telephone or email me to let me know…

A close friend in town is very ill and we’re awaiting news due next week of his test results.  He’s way too young to be this ill.

I had hoped to make it to age 50 before having heart disease shoved up close and personal by way of a prescription for cholesterol lowering medication.  I have always had high cholesterol and it’s presumed to be genetic. The lowest reading I’ve had was 5.5 mmol/l and it’s been around 6.5 over the past five years.  But over a period of 3 months it skyrocketed to a more worrying 7.5.   Diet had not been changed so it’s time to try medication.

My blood pressure over the past year has also crept up very high (but with occasional large dips back to safer levels) & my doctor advised purchasing an automatic blood pressure monitoring kit.  Which I did.  And it looks like my BP is a lot lower when taken upon getting up in the morning.  This is good for it should mean I won’t need blood pressure medication yet.

Just the cholesterol-lowering medication.

I will be curious to see the results of the stress ECG & other heart tests later this year.  My father’s side of the family (including my generation) all have heart disease to some degree, many also have a history of minor heart attacks.  Dad died suddenly at age 65 from a massive heart attack.  In fact, most of the men on that side of the family died suddenly in their early 60s.

With all the rain that has fallen over outback Queensland over the past weeks & flooding the channel country, we’re hoping to do a flight over the desert to see the water flowing for ourselves.  Given good weather we should take off tomorrow morning for Birdsville, Boulia and maybe Innamincka.  I’ve charged up my camera battery in readiness.

Quiet Sundays in the Desert

September 27, 2009 2 comments

I adore quiet Sundays, those days when the neighbourhood is quietly resting, just a few cars driving past but barely disturbing the peace.

My daughter and her lovely partner have departed, their company, whilst unobtrusive, is missed by both myself and my partner.

Then I had to return to work. Full on, short staffed, myriad of things that went wrong and needing fixing. And somehow, the new administrative assistant whom I am supposed to be supporting, she seems to believe that I am the fount of all knowledge of administrative matters for this organisation. The remaining few staff also seem to think I know a lot more than I do. I try to explain that the Administrator (capital ‘A’) is the wondrous fount of knowledge, not I. I point out that I’ve only been working for a few months, and only on certain tasks and no, no, no, a thousand times no, I do not have access to the organisation’s online banking facility or its credit card. So I can’t pay those bills, sorry.

Should be most interesting when the Administrator returns to the office on Tuesday morning. Just in time for the payroll to be done again. And to discover that no, they didn’t end up doing those job interviews they were meant to do two weeks ago. I see task upon task piling up on the Administrator’s desk.

Glad I’m off out of town shortly (again) (yes, I know, can’t tie me down).

Complications of life

Complications have arisen with my mother’s relocation to Adelaide next month. Mother is elderly, frail and won’t fly. Fair enough. So, relocation by road. She doesn’t drive. That’s what daughters are for. 🙂  Again, fair enough. And it’s very likely that this will be her final trip, so we daughters are more than happy to comply with the request for the Road Trip.And of course, the Sister, being a filmmaker, is using the opportunity to add material to her project. All very good.

My sister is partly disabled and lives with severe, chronic pain. This limits her time sitting in a vehicle (be it a car or a plane). Hence her request for me to join the trip. When my job came up, Sister was happy to continue on organising and assisting Mother. Time has passed, there have been the inevitable delays but now we have definite dates and the house in Adelaide will be clean and ready for Mother & Sister’s occupation in August. I was sadly prepared to drop my participation in the Big Trip in favour of my new job. Now, a complication has arisen.

The Sister’s physical limitations are more severe than first thought. She’s spent some time doing practise driving trips, speaking with her various therapists and doctors. The upshot? The Road Trip goes ahead, as it must. BUT … my presence is now required. I don’t mind. As I said yesterday, it’s a terrific artistic opportunity for various film & writing projects. But now, the pressure’s on me to fly over.

Which all leads to a little re-write on that part of my job application where I declare what holidays & travel I have booked for this year. Tap, tap, tap … a phone call or two … more tap, tap, tap, save. The Tassie trip can be pushed back as late as December if necessary, and the Relocating Mother Road Trip must go ahead in mid-late August. Think I’m pushing my luck with the job? Have a feeling I’ll be relegated to casual pool for the organisation (which is fine and highly acceptable). That’s what I’d do if I were in charge.

Working girl!

June 20, 2009 Leave a comment

I have a job! Thanks to an online acquaintance who passed my resumé on to somebody in his office, I am now working as the casual replacement for a sudden vacancy. Nice office, assorted friendly staff and the work itself is fine.

Now I have to decide whether to apply for the permanent position. The position itself needs to be staffed full-time but the boss is prepared to consider job sharing arrangements. Scanning the duty statement and selection criteria I see there are a few tasks that hadn’t been mentioned during my first couple of days. Applications close on 8th July. I’m quite happy to work the full-time hours with the 20% casual loading for these few weeks.

I doubt I’d want to work full-time on a permanent basis. Job sharing is an attractive option. As is the alternative suggestion that has been put forward – staying on the office books as their “temp”, covering sick & annual leave. Very attractive, but would it provide enough cash flow? Perhaps marketing myself as a permanent “temp” would be a viable option.

Selection criteria. Thought I’d spend part of my weekend composing my answers to those dreaded dot points on a job description. There are only 7 essential criteria and 2 desirables. Reasonably written too, that’s not often seen. Theoretically I should be able to type up my responses within a few hours.

Going through the duty statement again I see the job is potentially overloaded but that’s not unusual these days. Judging from what I have seen over my first days in the job, there is quite an ebb and flow to the work. A lot of ebb if the browser’s history on the desk computer is any guide! J

I’ve only been working a couple of days yet that is enough to ensure my weekend is being spent completing tasks I’d normally fit in during the week. Catching up on laundry (no, I won’t get up an hour earlier to get it done mid-week, not in winter), determining the week’s menu plan (and ensuring that complies with certain dietary requirements) and grocery shopping. All the household/family chores. Then there’s finding “me” time and “us” time. Managing a bit of that in a rushed manner today. Only some of today has been relaxing, some of it has been time pressured.

If I win the permanent position, then I won’t be able to participate in a Big Road Trip in very late July – early August. That’d be a shame, but I can cope. L  The bigger lifestyle impact would be on my upcoming September trip to Tassie to see my daughter. But the boss is hoping to take her leave during September. I could re-arrange my flight dates at little extra cost as long as I’m quick. It’s been more than a year since I have seen my youngest child and thus, I am not prepared to cancel the trip. Not only would I be disappointed, but she would be quite devastated.

Choosing to work as the “temp” would mean I’d have the freedom to do both Tassie and the Road Trip. That is extremely attractive.

Sheesh. The job ad says 3 referees. What is this thing Australia has for references for jobs that are not at executive level? It’s not as though a prospective employee is going to offer up someone who isn’t going to speak highly of them. Three. I can only offer two. And I think one of those has moved out of town. This is what I get for being too much of a hermit and living a quiet existence. I’ll work something out.

It’s not the sort of job where I will come home of an evening and want to share my day with my partner. I can see where this will be good, for it also means once I walk out the door at the end of the day, that’s it. I won’t be dwelling on my day nor taking work home with me. Nice.

The physical setting of the office is one of the nicest I have encountered. Complete with lovely garden. That’s a big plus. I’ve mentioned the friendly, mainly female staff. My boss is passionate, enthusiastic and happy about her work and the organisation. All very big pluses.  Extra big plus for the casual dress code!

I don’t think I can truly determine if I would like this job permanently until I’ve at least taken and typed the minutes from the upcoming staff meeting this Wednesday. I hate minute taking. Especially when you’re new and don’t have the background information that aids understanding.

I’ve noticed there seems to be a reasonable amount of staff/client socializing. Not a lot. But some. And that’s just not my scene at all. If my hours are 8.30 – 4.30 then that’s all you get from me. Feel free to ask, occasionally I’ll accept, but most of the time I shall decline. Depends how I feel on the day.

I’m thinking I’ll offer my services thus:

  • Job share @ 0.5 FTE (5 days per fortnight: 3 days + 2 days)
  • Job share @ 0.4 FTE (4 days per fortnight)
  • Part-time, doing 1 day per week
  • Casual temp – covering sick, annual & training leave etc

Now back to those selection criteria.