#15 – Find permanent, full-time work

by Elizabeth on March 8, 2008 · 4 comments

in 101 in 1001, Life, Melbourne

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Part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge.

First of all, apologies to my friends who are learning of this new development via my blog! I’ve been feeling very blah about this job since getting the news on Thursday, so I haven’t even told people about it. Except for the need-to-know people anyway, like my family (gotta stay in the Will, after all).

But it’s time to quit the pity party and stop focusing on the negatives that have been making me feel cranky. It’s not my style to dwell like this, so hopefully writing about it will get it out of my system.

First, the negatives that have been consuming my thoughts:

– The job is beneath my capabilities. I’m overqualified.
– The pay is appropriate for a position with low responsibility. (Or, put another way, it sucks.)
– Despite finding an awesome house close to the city, I will not be working in the city. I have to take a tram and a bus to work.
– I will sometimes have 8am starts, which will be difficult with the longer travel time.
– This is the 13th item that I’ve completed on my list! Could this be an omen?

I know, right? Waaaaaah. Even I can see how whiny I’m being. I think part of the problem is that I know I could have done better with more time and less procrastination. There’s nothing on that list that makes me a unique snowflake – it’s the same stuff that working people deal with every day. I just need to accept that I’m not running my own business anymore, and can’t control my working day.

It’s just a transition period. I’ll get used to it.

With that out of the way, here are some of the reasons why this job might… no, WILL!… be great:

– It mightn’t be the city, but it’s not far from it. The area where I’ll be working is full of awesome cafes and shops, so lunchtimes will be really interesting.
– The people I’ll be working with seem really social, and many of them hang out outside of work hours.
– There are regular Friday night drinks, BBQs and events.
– I will be able to watch the Grand Prix from my window!
– I will be meeting new people.
– With some experience under my belt, I will be able to demand much more next time.
– Despite the less-than-desirable pay, I can afford to live. I’ll be fine.

I’m starting the new job on Tuesday, and I expect I’ll feel much better with day 1 out of the way. I know it will be good to sink my teeth into something and learn a new job, and to meet new people.

Besides – there’s plenty going on for me outside of work hours, so I’m sure that will make it easier to push on if the job loses its challenges. Right? 😉

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Justine March 9, 2008 at 9:58 am

I am completely offended that I was not part of the need-to-know crowd. Just so you know, this has directly impacted #068 on my 101 List.

That said, congratulations, I know as much as you are whinging you are secretly relieved, glad and a little bit excited that from now it’s a matter of finding a new job while you have a job – which is always infinitely easier.

Besides that, I demand more information, immediately. You are in trouble Missy.


Mary Kate March 9, 2008 at 10:33 am

Hey Contrats on the new Job! Yeah.. it may not have been what you’re looking for. But its a step towards that! Not half bad!

Cool cafes, and social coworkers. You can work with that! And hey.. if it means more cool pics of said cool cafes.. *Grins* You have at least one reader that won’t be complaining. :0)

Congrats and again.



Elizabeth March 10, 2008 at 10:48 am

Justine, you are a big baby! xxx

Thank you both for the congratulations, I’m almost looking forward to starting tomorrow 🙂


David March 11, 2008 at 6:30 pm

Congratulations on finding a new job!

I wouldn’t fret to much over whether you think it’s the perfect job or not. Life has a way of making things work out. Keep your ‘wants’ simple. Then there will be less chance for disappointment. That strategy has worked well for me over the years. When I joined my current employer I was looking to two things; someone who was hiring and paying an ok wage. It seems to be working out as this is my 30th year.

By the way, Aussies have really neat looking money.


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