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I received advice today my position is becoming redundant and preference is retrenchment - somwhat out of the blue.

 

It stuffs up some of my planning over the next six months but the overriding of mixed emotions is relief. Hopefully I get pro-rata payment for long service leave, otherwise the package is not too bad (7 years). The actual the last day may not be for a month or two so it buys me a bit of time to plan next steps.

 

I think the notification session was more uncomfortable for my 1-up and 2-up manager.

 

By a twist of fate I received foundation establishment documents today so the gods are certainly telling me something!

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I received advice today my position is becoming redundant and preference is retrenchment - somwhat out of the blue.

 

It stuffs up some of my planning over the next six months but the overriding of mixed emotions is relief. Hopefully I get pro-rata payment for long service leave, otherwise the package is not too bad (7 years). The actual the last day may not be for a month or two so it buys me a bit of time to plan next steps.

 

I think the notification session was more uncomfortable for my 1-up and 2-up manager.

 

By a twist of fate I received foundation establishment documents today so the gods are certainly telling me something!

I'm sorry to hear that Mr Med.

I hope you are ok.

It puts a bit of stress on relationships at home as well, so be assured of my best wishes.

Are there prospects on the horizon?

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Yeah I'm fine just throws some plans out of whack. The benefit of not being a debt mule is I'm really not worried about money in the short-term so don't see stress at home being an issue.

 

I have a couple of consulting leads that may eventuate which would probably be more enjoyable and higher paying, so I see the change as an opportunity.

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Good luck Mr Medved! You seem to be in the beginning of your (long) prime of your career so you will find a great next step opportunity for sure.

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Congrats on being in a position where what would ruin other peoples lives instead feels like a gentle kick in the arse to move up to the next step!

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Yeah it's a good kick up the clacker as I've felt like I've been drifting a bit the last few months.

 

One piece of advice my mentor gave me was to visualise work I will be doing at double the money I'm currently earning. So it's certainly a good time to look at opportunities that are more than just side-way moves.

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Jobs aplenty in Canberra Mr M.

How about cleaning toilets? There's a lot of sh*t in Canberra so I'd imagine chamber maids are in demand. 

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Jobs aplenty in Canberra Mr M.

But that means I have to move to Canberra...

 

I've got a couple of short-term consulting gigs lined up and a major project for next year that I'm planning. If they fall through I'll probably just try and find a high-paying contract role until something better comes up.

 

Not sure I want to go back to being a wage slave, I think I'd rather work for myself or go into partnership with others.

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But that means I have to move to Canberra..

Not at all. Just follow the pollies lead... fly in at ten, fly out at four.

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But that means I have to move to Canberra...

 

I've got a couple of short-term consulting gigs lined up and a major project for next year that I'm planning. If they fall through I'll probably just try and find a high-paying contract role until something better comes up.

 

Not sure I want to go back to being a wage slave, I think I'd rather work for myself or go into partnership with others.

 

Not sure what the Melbourne market is like at the moment. It is booming here though. I know a few contractors that do as zaph suggests and work from other capitals. Only show up for a couple of days a week. I get the feeling that the battle to retain staff is hotting up though. 

 

They've just upped my individual flexibility arrangement by another 10G. I've jumped ship to a new role in hadoop and "big data" which is why I haven't been posting much lately. It's a steep learning curve but interesting. I've done this mainly because the technology I was specialising in is limited to large corporates and/or government departments. The new skills will be in demand for a while to come and has more applicability to private enterprise. I was at the hortonworks conference in Melbourne recently and was offered a job in Paris!  :o I can't afford to live in Paris.

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But that means I have to move to Canberra...

 

I've got a couple of short-term consulting gigs lined up and a major project for next year that I'm planning. If they fall through I'll probably just try and find a high-paying contract role until something better comes up.

 

Not sure I want to go back to being a wage slave, I think I'd rather work for myself or go into partnership with others.

 

There is always a demand for fruit pickers during the summer, especially since (presumably) there is a shortage of backpackers!  :)

In all seriousness, why are the unemployed youth not asked to do these jobs instead of backpackers?

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There is always a demand for fruit pickers during the summer, especially since (presumably) there is a shortage of backpackers!  :)

In all seriousness, why are the unemployed youth not asked to do these jobs instead of backpackers?

 

Takes up valuable Netflix time?  :down:

 

I did hear a farmers representative saying they didn't want unwilling locals. He said they'd tried it before and if they weren't keen to work and had been forced into it they were more of a pain in the arse than anything else. Backpackers want to be there and work.

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Backpackers want to be there and work.

That is why there are so many successful kiwis in Aus.

 

Of course the kiwi failures you don't tend to meet so much so confirmation bias is an issue.

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Takes up valuable Netflix time?  :down:

 

I did hear a farmers representative saying they didn't want unwilling locals. He said they'd tried it before and if they weren't keen to work and had been forced into it they were more of a pain in the arse than anything else. Backpackers want to be there and work.

 

A closer alignment of welfare payments to work ethics would alleviate the problem. Feedback from the farmers to Centrelink would be precious.

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I've just got an offer to work for another university.

How should I break the news to my current employer? I've only been here 5 months. They are really nice people.

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I've just got an offer to work for another university.

How should I break the news to my current employer? I've only been here 5 months. They are really nice people.

 

Unforeseen family circumstances beyond your control.  :thumbsup:

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Maybe resign inspired by The Castle: I know how to tell them I quit: "I quit!"

I still never hear from recruiters (with one exception).

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Oddly enough I have found when you are blatantly "here for the money/prestige/whatever" most people are cool with it.

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Oddly enough I have found when you are blatantly "here for the money/prestige/whatever" most people are cool with it.

 

I've told them now and they took it well (it seems). More money and prestige were factors I mentioned.

 

First time I've got a new job with bigger pay since 2009 in my sad arse of a career.

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I've told them now and they took it well (it seems). More money and prestige were factors I mentioned.

 

First time I've got a new job with bigger pay since 2009 in my sad arse of a career.

 

 

If you can afford to live in London then you really aren't doing too badly. 

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If you can afford to spend 7 years changing jobs for reasons other than money you are definitely doing well.

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