Dear Diary: Work & More Work

I’m going to try this thing where I just write and don’t really think about anything; no censoring, just type without going back. I wan...

I’m going to try this thing where I just write and don’t really think about anything; no censoring, just type without going back. I want to type everything that’s been on my mind recently, everything that’s been going on with me, etc. I never just sit down and write about anything to do with me, as such, I tend to write things that are related to me but almost never directly about my life.

So anyways, I’ve been going through a lot of stresses at work; not the work itself, but the circumstances revolving round my employment. As you know, I’m on a working holiday visa here in Australia, but this comes with limitations on your working life - under this visa you can only work at the same place for 6 months. I’m coming up to my 6 month mark at my current job and I’m extremely keen to stay on for another 6 months and stay the rest of my visa working here.

I’ve been job hunting since February, ran into a couple dead ends - one cafe wanted me to start after I had an interview and two days later said they didn’t have the hours for me (I was SUPER annoyed with that one, great organisational skills there, hey?), and the other restaurant said they were keen to take me on but they were after someone a bit more permanent if I could do that? I didn’t want to promise something that wouldn’t necessarily happen as I don’t know if I want to stay in this town, let alone Australia, long term at the moment. Other than that I’ve been applying for everything and handing my resume out everywhere - the town, although a tourist stop, is actually going through a quiet period at the moment and the fact that I’m seen as a “backpacker” doesn’t help either. It’s funny because I’ve lasted at my current work for longer than some of the residents. Pretty good for a “backpacker” hey?

One of the admin staff has looked into and applied for an extension on my 6 months with the immigration office. Their immigration support worker for the company advised that I have a good chance of being accepted to work another 6 months at the company but I’m still not keeping my hopes up. I’m trying to stay positive, but at the same time I’m staying realistic by thinking of other options that are available to me. There are a LOT, so whatever happens I’ll work something out.

This whole situation is just annoying though as I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. Originally I got told I wouldn’t be able to work at the other restaurant, then I got told they’re applying for an extension. This past month has been an absolute rollercoaster of emotions; I’ve been up down and every other way as well. I just need some solid information about what’s happening at the moment, as my life is currently in limbo not knowing what’s happening. 

Despite feeling all over the place in the work department, I’m still staying positive and happy in other aspects of my life; I’m reading a lot more, getting into my blogging and the new puppy is an obvious new ray of sunshine in my life. I’m sure I’ll talk about all of this at another time but for now, thank you for reading and I’ll speak to you next time!

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