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So, the last couple of posts have been me discussing how I don't really want to go back to uni, and how I'm really loving my job right now.

I am now firmly convinced that these events are related, although possibly at one remove.

See, for the last year or two, I've been working hard at reducing my debt, and the reason I've been working hard at this is because I had plans to go back to uni, and to do so I'd have to accept a drop in income, which I can't support at my level of debt. For the last year or two, I've also been generally unhappy with life. That goal always seemed to be creeping ever further away, as I started getting more and more debt. This got even worse when I lost my job earlier in the year - all that money, that I could put towards debt, but it all went away as I had to support myself without a job.

But, a few weeks ago, I went and took a look at that goal, of going to university, and I made a decision - that I was no longer going to pursue that goal.

That decision had a whole bunch of knock-on effects.

Firstly, The nature of my new job changed. I took the job, not because I was really interested in working for a bank, but because I knew I could do the job, and it'd help me pay off my debt. The job, in short, was purely a means to an end, one that wasn't really in sight. How could I like a job when I framed it like that? But when I dropped the uni goal, I stopped thinking about the job as a means to an end, and started looking at the job as the end itself. If I wasn't going to uni, what did this job mean? As I worked on the phones, it dawned on me that actually, one thing I really did love was helping people. And that's what this job really helped me do. On nearly every call I took, I could make an actual difference to that person's life, even if it was just a statement of a balance, or just answering a question about an unknown transaction. When I looked around at my job, I came to the realisation that I actually love my job, immensely so.

But I don't think I would have reached that level of thinking if I'd still stuck to my old goal of going back to uni. Me being happy in my job was purely because of a perspective change.

Interesting, that.
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I start in a couple of weeks, which means I'm still going to have to live quite frugally for a little while longer, but I'm working for the NAB at their King St call centre (which is absolutely fantastically awesome, so much better than UCMS!). I'll be getting a payrise over my previous job, and not only that, but the place is entirely supportive, there's no hot-swapping (so I get my own desk!), and there's good prospects for upward mobility should I decide that I don't actually want to go back to uni. I'm working for a god damn bank!

I'm feeling so utterly overjoyed, and really relieved. I was not looking forward to more job-hunting. It's nerve-wracking and really down-heartening, especially when you're getting interviews and just not being able to convert them into jobs.

I should have realised that I'd get this job - I was sick with nervousness going into the final interview, which just showed I was taking it seriously, I guess.

Also, with all the job assessments I went through, I've learnt many interesting things about myself:

1) My typing speed is 65 words a minute. Much higher than my previous assessment 5 years ago!
2) I apparently have a high attention to detail. I got, like, 95% on the test. We're fairly certain this is with the caveat "As long as I'm paying attention", but it's all good.
3) I hate being unemployed. I start unravelling at the seams without some sort of schedule in my life.
4) I love [personal profile] erinkyan a whole bunch.
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I was going to write a big entry discussing exactly how my day went, but I think it's probably much easier to keep it simple.

Today, I was made redundant.

A HR rep came to my resource centre, asked me to come with him. We went upstairs, without really chatting. When I got upstairs into the meeting room, I saw my Manager, Ganesh, waiting there. And there, they told me that there had been a review of the company, and my job had, unfortunately, been made redundant.

I asked whether I was to leave by the end of the day. In fact, they wanted me out there and then. So, I went downstairs, escorted by the HR rep. I said goodbye to my lunchtime relief, Divya, and gathered my things. As it turns out, I keep a very spartan office, so it didn't take more than a few minutes. I gathered everything, gave some last instructions to Divya, and departed.

As you might expect there has been some mixed feelings on the matter. I'm not entirely sure it's all hit me, really. I mean, I'm still sorta expecting to get up tomorrow and go to work. But I'm not. And that, I think, is the worst part of it all - the fact that the whole process took ten minutes. From everything as normal, to out of the building, it was all done in ten minutes. No chance to say goodbye to any of the teachers or students, no nothing. So sudden. No chance to even get used to the idea that tomorrow I have a free day. It's all just... gone.

I've been mostly dwelling on the positives today, although I can feel the shock beneath it all. I get a quite decent redundancy pay for only being there a year or so. I'll have enough money to last me through at least a month or so, so it's not urgent for me to start looking for work yet. And it's not like I was overly fond of the job - I was actually going to start looking for work, so this has just accelerated that a little. To be honest, while I've enjoyed the very slack job I had, it's been a year. I was definitely in a rut, and there was no real option of advancement at Carrick. It was comfortable, but limiting in the end.

And they could not have picked a better time to throw me out. I've just gotten out of my very expensive apartment into a sharehouse, with reduced bills and reduced rent. So that redundancy pay could last me even a bit longer if I so chose. And if I get a job sooner, that just means I have more money to pay off debts. And now I don't have to worry about getting that time off I wanted in a few weeks - I already have it!

But the positives still don't help with the shock, and the abruptness. 10 minutes from normal to out of the building for good. How do you deal with that? I don't think you can, not quickly.

It'll pass, I'm sure, and I'll get another job. If nothing else, I can go back to the call centres and work there again, no sweat. But not today. Not this week. I have time, there's no panic, I can let it lie.

10 minutes. 10 minutes.
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Again, those looking for work, here's another exciting Job Offer from Carrick. In this case, you'd probably be working in Bourke St, or maybe at Docklands. If you're interested, let me know and I'll put a referral form in with your resume!

Corporate Receptionist

Carrick is a leading privately owned and operated organisation who have been providing quality vocational education and training programs to local and international students across Australia for over 21 years.

 We currently have a vacancy for an experienced and professional Receptionist to undertake a busy front of house and administration role. Working in conjunction with our other Carrick receptionist, you will provide meet and greet duties in a busy reception environment to all key Carrick stakeholders including prospective and current students, employees and clients. Your professional manner and experience in a multi-tasking environment will see you handle the steady flow of calls, customers and administrative work successfully.

 The ideal candidate will have prior experience in a busy corporate reception position, coupled with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. A flexible and adaptable attitude to your work, combined with a positive approach to problem solving will suit this position. Intermediate MS Office skills are essential.

Please email your resume outlining your industry experience quoting reference number RCP-M-0709 to

Job Watch!

Jul. 16th, 2009 08:36 am
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For those of you needing jobs in Melbourne right now, a new one has popped up in my email. If you're interested, let me know, so I can put in a Referral form for you! As a note, this is a full-time position, and you'd be working in the same building as me (although on a different floor):

Administration Operator

We are currently seeking to employ a motivated and team-orientated individual to join the Education Administration Department in the role of Administration Operator. Based at our Southbank Campus, and working within a friendly and supportive team environment, your duties will include but not be limited to the following:

  • File student records on a daily basis. 
  • Input student results into Student Management System (Wise.NET and/or individual Academic Results).
  • Input attendance records into Student Management System (Wise.NET).
  • Update and regularly maintain student information on Wise.NET.
  • Provide additional support to the team as required.

The successful applicant will possess the following attributes:


  • Excellent data entry speed and accuracy
  • Ability to effectively contribute in a team environment,
  • Cultural awareness and empathy
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills, especially on the phone and via email.
  • Accountability for workload
  • Customer service focus

 If this sounds like the a role that either you or someone you know would be suitable for, please forward your resume (CV of no more than 4 pages) to quoting reference number AO-M-0709.

 Applications need to be submitted by 5pm, Friday the 17th of July, 2009

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This came into my inbox today. Not sure whether it's to be a Docklands or Southbank-based job yet, but it's likely to be good work if you can get it, since it's a part-time version of my job :)


ICT Resource Centre Technician (10 hour per week)

Carrick is excited to announce the vacancy for an ICT Resource Centre Technician within the Melbourne campus to work 10 hours per week. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist with the daily operations of the Resource Centre, including assisting students with all resource material enquiries and requests.
  • Organise and maintain the Resource Centre and supervise students within this environment.
  • Assist students with use of computers and internet facilities (e.g. login)
  • Ensure Carrick Information Technology policies for students are adhered to and enforced where applicable.
  • Assist in all general cleaning and maintenance of computers and printers
  • Additional duties as required.
The successful applicant will possess the following attributes:
  • Provide excellent customer service to students and internal staff
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to take ownership of issues
  • Ability to display flexibility
  • Ability to perform in a team environment
  • Excellent time management skills
  • IT Savvy
Technical Requirements
  • Strong Microsoft Office experience, especially with Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to trouble-shoot most basic IT issues.
Candidates with previous experience dealing with customer service experience in an IT environment will be strongly considered. Applicants with previous experience dealing with international students will also be strongly considered for the role.

Expressions of interest (CV of no more than 4 pages) should be emailed to quoting reference number RCT-M-0609

Applications close on Friday the 19th of June at 5:30pm

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So, it's been quite some time since a life update. To be fair, there's been a few aborted attempts. I'm not sure why I'm finding it so hard to update about my life at the moment - it's not like there's anything terribly stressful, and it's not like there hasn't been much to talk about. Just every time I start writing an update, I start reading what I've written and come to the stunning conclusion that I would never read that shit. It keeps coming out boring and stilted, is always describing the events in my life, but never my reactions to it. I try to add reactions after I describe the events, but that makes it kinda worse - it just feels like I'm adding another boring tag to the end of my boring updates on my life.

And I wonder when that happened. I mean, I've done life updates before, I used to do it all the time, going in-depth about it. But suddenly? I just can't let that stuff go to print.

Ah well. This post should rectify this, and dammit, I intend to finish this one before I leave work!

My life in words. Well, not all of it, mind, but a bit of it and... oh just click on the link, it's all behind here... )

Well, that update went much better than the last attempts!


Oct. 13th, 2008 11:16 am
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Over at the Resource Centre, we've just started using a new back end for putting printer credit on student's accounts. I was a little worried that it was a web back end, but I'm so thoroughly converted to it now.

Why? I can see everything. Old jobs, printer volumes, history of printing and charging... And CHARTS AND GRAPHS!!! MY GOD CHARTS!!! GRAPHS!!!

This pleases me so very, very much. Clearly, it doesn't take much...
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So, it's probably worth another update.

For those of you not keeping up with [ profile] not_in_denial's LJ, I'm happy to report that he's out of hospital, in fact has been for quite some time. By the end of his 5-day stay, The doctors were pretty sure it was a Urinary Tract Infection that had spread to his kidneys, which combined with the CFS and fibro. He's back at home on a course of antibiotics, slowly recovering.

So, as for me...

Well, I'm settling in pretty quickly to my job at Carrick, My job, it seems, is mostly being Resource Centre Attendant, which comprises mostly of accepting printer credit from students, resetting passwords, occasionally selling the odd textbook or two, and even more occaisionally going to student's computers and fixing problems for them. All in all, it's a pretty uninteresting job, but I'm enjoy it - There's basically no stress to speak of which is quite good for me, I think.

The last week or so has actually been very quiet at the Resource Centre, so I've been quite bored as it stands. This of course has set my brain cogitating, and reawakening my desires for roleplaying, so I've started going through some old haunts, and joining some new games. It's been fun, actually -I'm remembering why I love roleplaying so!
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So, the last couple of weeks or so have been extraordinarily interesting times for me.

I've been intending to get out of my Call Centre job for quite some time, having got thoroughly sick of it months ago. I'd recently got a tip from [ profile] jaquiej about a job at her work, and I decided to apply. During my trip to Canberra with Erin, The job actually called back, and after the phone interview, I managed to get a final interview.

This encouraged me to provide my Call Centre with my two weeks notice the monday I got back, since the only issue they seemed to have was with the two weeks notice. So, got that out of the way, and the interview got arranged for monday the next week. As it turned out, I didn't get that job (which was a little unfortunate), but they called back seeing if I was interested in another job. They scheduled an interview for Wednesday, which I duly attended, and aced the hell out of the interview. After glowing references from at least [ profile] nquisitor, They offered me the job today. So, on Monday, I start my new job as Resource Centre attendant at Carrick Institute of Education. Which was good, since today was my last day at UCMS!

Also during this period, [ profile] not_in_denial and [ profile] being_bec discovered that the person living across the hall to them was moving out shortly, and their apartment was going to become available shortly. This got my mind cogitating, and I've been considering applying for the apartment, seeing as it's not on the market yet and I could get an easy in if I was lucky. I decided to postpone the position until I knew for certain I got the job, and now that I do, I'm definitely going for it. So, impressive feat number two - I'm moving into my own flat (hopefully).

Of course, today, while highly exuberant, has also been unfortunate. Over the last few days, [ profile] not_in_denial has been quite sick and in quite a lot of pain. It hadn't been getting better, and today it was apparently agonising, so [ profile] being_bec took him to the hospital. When I found out about it I naturally got distraught and my Team Leader let me skip the rest of the day, and I raced to the Alfred where he was being treated. I've just gotten back from being with him. The good news is that it looks like [ profile] not_in_denial will be fine - the doctors think it's probably flu + Urinary tract infection + CFS/ME all interacting to form massive amounts of pain. He's been on fluids and antibiotics, and he seems to be responding reasonably well. He's staying overnight for observation, and the doctor seems to think that he'll be able to be released tomorrow.

But, understandably, I've kinda been a bit fragile today. I've barely been holding it together. It was really not fun watching [ profile] not_in_denial in so much pain, and watching the doctors put him in even more pain from attempts to find veins and take blood pressure. Also, you know, my boyfriend is sick enough to be in hospital, and obviously that freaks me out, especially considering his past history.

At the moment I think I'm keeping my tears under lock and key - I've nearly lost it a few times, but I haven't felt like I can let it out just yet, not while I was still around Erin. No doubt it's going to flood out at some point, but it looks like right now is apparently not it. At the very least, I hope the tears are kind enough to let me drive home without issue, since I really need to go home and get some sleep (I'm writing this from [ profile] not_in_denial's place), and I'd rather not tear up while I'm on the roads.

So yeah, that's been my day today. Now, I think, it's time for me to log out and go home.


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