Week two of being unemployed in Melbourne

Righty-ho. Day Six. The Engineer left for work (slightly bleary eye’d after a 7 AM alarm clock), and lo, I have re-begun my search for fruitful employment. I’ve decided last week was a wash, and this week is the actual real start.

This week, I was determined to begin well, to set a schedule that maximized my job prospects, whilst respecting my physical and mental health. I also wanted some time to pursue a few dreams and hobbies. A healthy balance seems appropriate. (I may have read a bit too much information on surviving the job search over the weekend…….)

Timetable looked like this:

7 – half hour jog. Listen to inspiring podcast on mindfulness or some such.

730 – prepare lunch for the Engineer

8 – sit at desk to search for jobs. Background playlist – Mozart. For the intelligenceness.

12 – Pilates (note to self – figure out what Pilates is and how one pilates)

1 – lunch, probably of raw biodynamic salad, whilst listening to more soothing classical music.

2  – pursue other avenues of income – Airtasker, upwork, etc.

4 – other writing projects, such as this blog, or a short story on a brave princess who followed her dreams and came out on top. With good hair.

5 – prepare dinner

6 – meet Engineer at the door with a fresh Martini, with tasty stew bubbling in the background, and bright smile.

A healthy salad I didn't have on my second unemployed week in Melbourne

Witness my healthiness! Note this salad was had by my sister for lunch. I, well. I burrito’d.

The day has looked a little more like this…….

7AM. 20 minute jog, woo hoo!

730 Fall back asleep on couch as body refuses to accept the reality of the time of day, and the physical exertion.

9 AM wake up to post-it note on face saying ‘bye! I’ll grab lunch from the sandwich shop from Engineer.

930 – read job ads. Try not to cry. Turn on Metallica as you can’t cry to Metallica.

12 –  Eat lunch (burrito. Well, burritos, really. Biodynamic credentials uncertain) while watching episodes of Parks and Recreation.

3 – google ‘jobs in parks and recreations in Melbourne” .

6 – Engineer arrives home to find me in bed, reading, and refusing to move until the world promises to be nicer.

The following thoughts have characterized my day:

  • Why are there so many jobs for accountants and architects?
  • Wonder if there’s any chance a PhD in American history counts as ‘experience’ for jobs in architecture?
  • Due to budget cuts, no one has any parks and recreation departments any more. This is sad.
  • Thank god for Nespresso.
  • Mindfulness suuuuuucks. In ‘this moment’, I’m unemployed, unsure of my career direction, have several blisters on my heel and the sounds of the ocean are making me have to pee.

Critical stats:

  • Jobs applied for – zero
  • Coffee machine espressos consumed – six
  • Waves of existential dread – ten
  • Hugs from the Engineer – unlimited, bless his heart.

3 thoughts on “Week two of being unemployed in Melbourne

  1. Oh, the waves of existential dread. I know them too well. I love the fact that you’re getting up early and exercising, though. That really does make a difference, in my opinion.

    By the way, you made me laugh with your bit about mindfulness, but I have to say that I really do think mindfulness can help. I’ve tried using a meditation app, and I really do think it makes some difference.

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    • Thanks for the comment! It’s amazing what a difference the exercise does make – it’s a clear, obvious achievement, when the job-search can be very depressing when you have no control over how others react to your applications.
      I’ll give the mindfulness another go, for sure – for example, right now in Melbourne it’s pouring rain, and I have a view from the desk here to my neighbors yard, which is full of late-summer flowers and pigeons. I like this moment!


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