Friday, September 24, 2010

Living A Dream

"How long do you plan on staying in Australia?"
"As long as possible...hopefully for a very very long time. I'm on a Work and Holiday Visa that's valid for a year which lets me work with an employer for up to 6 months and then I either need to be sponsored or have to switch jobs."
"I'll have you know that we do sponsor employees."

*Eyes widen, gasp internally, and heart skips a beat*

"How soon do you think you can work?"
"Listen Howard, I really like your skill-set and think you'd fit in well with our culture; be patient with me and I'll have news for you next week, either something permanent or contract-to-perm."
"OK, thank you so much!"

Holy shit, did that really just happen? I might have a job already? Not just any job, but one I would really enjoy and contribute to that would sponsor me to work and live in Australia? NO FREAKING WAY.

One month ago I packed four bags and said adios to America. I spent a week in Taiwan, a week in Japan, and I'm going on 2.5 weeks in a new country I've only previously spent a week and a half in, and now I might have a job in a city I adore that'll let me stay for at least 4 years?!? THAT'S AWESOME. The very cool man that interviewed me is named Gerard Burgess. While preparing for my interview, other than reviewing my background, questions to ask, answer, and the details of the company, all I could think about was meeting this man and making a good first impression. I kept repeating to myself:

Do NOT call this man Gerard Butler.

Thankfully I didn't...that would have been a trainwreck.

I don't want to jinx myself or speak too soon, but if there's one thing I am supremely confident about, it's my ability to get interviews and do well on interviews. Ever since I graduated I've never been laid off or fired, and I've never been unemployed longer than a month. A month reprieve from work is great every so often...especially if it comes with a salary bump, more job responsibilities, and a flashy new title and job location. If you need help on your CV or interviewing tips...leave me a message.

Reasons why working in Australia > America.

  • 4 weeks minimum mandatory holiday leave on top of national holidays
  • Universal Healthcare.
  • National Australian Pension plan (similar to Social Security) while at risk, is not guaranteed to go broke by the time my generation reaches retirement age, unlike Social Security
  • Public debt to GDP ratio is 17.6% vs. United States' 52.9% (doesn't affect directly...but wanted to throw this factoid in there)
  • By 2011 mandatory 18 weeks paid maternity leave, up to a full year unpaid
  • Minimum wage is $15/hr
  • Average workweek is 38 hours
  • Unemployment rate is 5.1% vs.United States' 9.6% (reported)
If I'm lucky enough to get this job, I'm pretty sold on living here for the rest of my life...goodbye America.


At September 24, 2010 at 2:28 PM , Blogger Tiffany said...

ahhhh i'm so excited for you howard!! keep me posted on the (soon to be over?!) job hunt & i want some pictures of koalas or kangaroos next :)

At September 24, 2010 at 3:55 PM , Blogger Jinny said...

That'd be really cool. Now we'll have to visit, right? :)

At September 24, 2010 at 10:35 PM , Blogger Wil C said...

Australia, forever, eh?

Hrm, the US is doing something wrong then. :) Yours is the only case I've ever heard of where people want to live abroad forever.

Anyway, hope the job works out. Remember, it's not a deal until the money's in the bank.

At September 29, 2010 at 10:48 PM , Blogger Bo said...

congrats man, and love your blog. best of luck in Australia. - mcfly

At October 4, 2010 at 2:41 PM , Blogger Amy said...

how much are your taxes?

all the TAF group games and icebreakers help develop great interviewing skills. i'm def sending my kids to TAF! ^_^


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