Category Archives: Job Searching Efforts

New Job Nervousness

I’m a little nervous about this new job that I managed to get. I’m not sure if I want to work two jobs. I’m not sure if I have enough time to work two jobs and do the housework as well as helping the other half with things. I’m not sure if it’s going to work out having two jobs.

I mean, it sounds like similar work to what I’m doing now but I’m not going to get paid as much as I do at the job I have now (mainly because it’s permanent part time and not casual). But they’re in two different settings and will have different situation and circumstances.

I’ll give it a go and see if it works out. There are plenty of people out there who work two or three jobs.

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Busy, Busy, Busy

So my unemployment benefits have now been cancelled because I have been earning too much in the last three months. I’ve been waiting for this to happen for a while. It was pretty silly that social security and my new employment agency wanted me to jump through hoops for money I wasn’t getting.

My new employment agency wanted me to look for ten jobs a fortnight and wanted me to get fifty hours of work a fortnight from my employer so I didn’t have to make up the hours volunteering at a not-for-profit organization. So it make it look like I was actually doing that, I applied for a couple of aged care positions. One was for a nursing agency in a town over an hour away (which I really didn’t want to do as my car was playing up then) and for a permanent part-time position at a carer agency which do home visits and home care in the client’s own home. I was asked to attend an interview for both. I couldn’t go to the first offer as the car was playing up. I went to the second one as it’s in the town that I live in. Apparently the interview went well enough that they offered me a job. So it looks like I’ll have two jobs as well as helping out with a hospitality venue on weekends. I’m going to be very busy by the looks of it.

And I also switched mobile phone services. The previous one didn’t provide much reception in my house. I had to stand in one part of the house to get enough service to make and receive calls. The other service that I’m now with, I have at least one or two bars of service anywhere in the house so far. At least now I won’t miss calls from work asking me to come in if I’m able to because I don’t have any phone reception.


The Joys of Unemployment Benefits

I’ve been assigned to another employment agency as the one I was with had lost their government contract and is now closed. I still have to look for work (as in full-time work) despite the fact that I’m casually employed. I also have to see if I can get 50 hours of work each fortnight to avoid doing volunteer work to make up the extra hours.

I’m going to have to talk to my manager next week when they come back from leave about it or doing more study (like getting the med competency qualifications so I can do medications). That will be easier than trying to fit volunteer work around casual employment.


The Second Day of Work

I am going to be as brief as possible when I’m blogging about my aged care course. As a PCA, I am obliged to uphold confidentiality of residents and adhere to the Privacy Act and all the other Acts associated with aged care. Part of my employee handbook also states I am not supposed to blog or post anything on social media about the company unless specifically said so by the company. I have to be as careful as possible with what I post as this could give them grounds to terminate their contract with me.

Other than that, I am doing all right. One of the residents was a bit restless and I think that they may have been trying to give me a bit of a hard time as I am a new staff member and one who hasn’t had a lot of experience in the industry. It is far more relaxing than where I did my placement and I’ll be able to grow and gain more experience and confidence due to it being a relaxing environment.


Second Day of Work

This afternoon is the second day of work for me. I’m a little nervous as this is my first afternoon shift but I’m not as nervous as I was about Wednesday. I think that’s because I have some idea of what to expect now.

I feel a little better now that I have a job. It’s a small baby step to getting a steady job. I hope I do well in the next six months.


First Day of Work

Yesterday was the first day of work for me at the aged care facility. It was interesting and good. It was more relaxed than the place where I did my placement. There are more independent and low care people living there and not very many high care people there. The facility I did my placement at had more high care people there.

I’m on afternoon shift tomorrow so it’ll be good to find out more about the facility, the staff and the residents. Then it’s night shift for two nights next week and morning shift on the Monday after that. The only bummer is that I’ll be missing out on the Dawn Service on Saturday for ANZAC Day as it starts at around 6am and that’s when I finish. By the time I get into the middle of town, it would most likely be over. I’m a bit bummed about it as I’ve been going to the Dawn Service for the last three years and because it’s the 100th anniversary but I don’t feel comfortable asking someone else to cover the shift as it’s a night one and I’ve only just started there, But I’ll try to make it anyway as a friend of the other half’s is in the parade and because I know other people who are or have served in the defense forces.

I hope it all works out for me. It looks like a nice place and all the staff and residents seem pretty nice.


Freshly Employed

So it seems the other half is more excited that I have a job than I am. He keeps going around telling people that I have a job and I haven’t even started yet. I think he’s happy that I’ve gotten a job and that he can focus on his business more without having to get a job himself so we can have enough money to pay for everything. At least I’ll be able to help out more with bills and such now that I have a job. I’ve only really sent off the contract (I’m hoping that the head office has got it and that it didn’t get lost) and I’ve only really just organized orientation. Okay, not really just. I received the contract last Wednesday, which I sent off on Thursday and I called the manager on Thursday too but didn’t hear back from her until Friday.It takes about four days for post to get delivered to where it needs to go so it should be there by tomorrow or Wednesday, depending on how fast it gets delivered.

I don’t actually start till Wednesday (which is the first orientation day and it’s from 6am-2pm and then next orientation day is Friday from 2pm-10pm). I’ve got the uniform ready. I hope it’s all right for the job. I got a short sleeved white button down shirt which could be on the looser side but it’s not too tight, just a bit snug. And I’ll be wearing a singlet underneath it as well so it doesn’t look so bad (there’s a reason why I don’t usually wear white and it’s not for the easily stained factor). And I’ll have to tie my hair up and I don’t like having my hair up because I think it makes my face look funny. Actually, I think I look funny with my hair tied back in general.

I’m a bit nervous as I don’t really know what to expect. It’s going to be different from the place where I did my placement. I have a friend who also works in aged care who has asked me questions about working there that I don’t know the answers to yet. It’s not like I could ask those questions in the interview – I didn’t even know if I’d get the job at that stage. I don’t have any experience besides from placement so it’s not like I’m able to ask those questions either. But I’ll find out on Wednesday what the go is and see about where and how I’ll be filling out my hours and if there is a uniform and how I would get said uniform. And finding out how to get into the place at 6 in the morning might help too, hahahaha.

I really do hope it goes well and that I get to stay on after the probation period.


New Job Position

I finally got the contract in the mail and have given it to the right people. I now have orientation organised for next week. I’m doing morning from 6am-2pm on Wednesday and then night from 2pm-10pm on Friday. 

I hope it all goes well. I have a six month probation period so I hope I do well during that time period. I’ve been told it’s usually a three month probation period and that’s why there’s so many people going through aged care. 

All I have to do is keep my mouth shut, watch and learn and ask plenty of questions. If I keep my mouth shut, I’ll be less likely to stick my foot in it and lose myself a job. 


Working

Last night, the other half complained about the retirement age being raised to 70 in Australia. He complained that older people shouldn’t have to work until they’re 70. He complained that the older workers are taking up jobs younger people could have. He then complained about how many younger people there are now who want to sit on their arses and do nothing and expect everything for free.

The only reason the retirement age has been raised from 65 or 67 to 70 is because the government are trying to get rid of the national debt. They don’t realize that by raising the retirement age, there’s younger people in Australia who miss out on getting a job because there’s not enough work for everyone in the country. They should really be looking at creating more jobs and hitting rich people with money to spare to get rid of the national debt and not us poor people who work hard and still don’t always make ends meet or who have to be on unemployment benefits due to there not being enough work for everyone.

The other half has been working since he was 16. I’ve been working on and off since I was 15. We’re both hard workers. We don’t expect anything and everything for free. We would rather earn it.

We’ve had a couple of people stay at our place last week who are doing a course near where we live. They’re staying with us as they live in another town. They don’t care about the course. The course is government subsidised so they don’t have to pay a cent for it. Because it’s a “free” course, they aren’t punctual and are not working hard during the course. The course is giving them a variety of tickets that will lead to work but they aren’t treating it the same as they would a job. They are acting like it’s being handed to them on a silver platter so they don’t need to be punctual and be there on time. They don’t understand that the course is paid for by workers who pay tax and by business owners who pay GST on top of whatever taxes they already pay. I don’t think they even want a job out of this because they certainly don’t act like they want a job. They’re acting like they want to sit on their arses while the government gives them money for doing nothing.

I know not everyone who is on unemployment benefits sits on their arse and do nothing. I am one of those people (for the time being). I have not been sitting on my arse doing nothing. I went to university to gain a degree, After that, I did other courses to help gain skills so I can get a job. I’ve applied for so many jobs I’ve lost count. I’ve been on a few interviews. I even went to an induction once but that never eventuated to anything,

And now I have a job that I will start soon after finding an aged care course and paying for it on my own. I don’t want to be on unemployment benefits and have to rely on that my whole life. I want to be able to earn my own money. I want to be able to show my possible future children that it’s good to work and be a hard worker. I want them to know that it’s good to have a job and be able to look after yourself and family by having one. The other half and I don’t want our children to think that everything is for free and that it’s okay to not work for anything.

I think that might be enough ranting on the topic.


Exciting New Job Position

I cannot explain how excited I am to be starting a job in aged care (finally!).

I can’t wait to be able to meet all the people who are residents in the facility. I can’t wait to meet my new coworkers. I can’t wait to get to know all these people and find out about them and what kind of stories that may be also little gems. I’ve always thought that old people were wise (most of the time) and had experienced things that are no longer around anymore, like periods of war, the Great Depression and early technological advances. That’s not even including any other life experiences that they may have experienced,

It’s probably going to take ages for me to receive the contract and get that signed and have orientation and everything before I officially start working there. I spoke with another friend who is in the industry and told her that I had an interview at the facility and she said that was one of the better ones in the area.

I hope it all goes well and that I really, really enjoy it 🙂