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I am dole bludger. Been on centrelink, medical certificates for my accident. Put in for 2150 jobs in last year without any success. Been homeless for 6 months, currently this again. Only thing keeping me going is my mum as can't let her down by topping myself. The last month been hardest. My van was written off after a car pulled out in front of me (he had no insurance). Bought new van and went to renew registration only to find in had a fraudulent RWC so can't register as it failed the RWC I got done and can't afford the costs. Have tried to be a personal trainer on and off without my success, had some long time clients which train online. Over the past 5 years I have moved address 45 times, been to Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Perth, Melbourne (x3), Newcastle to try and establish a life and work. Put myself out there but no one willing to give me an opportunity.Life is great?

 

Clearly your not having the best run with things. Changing things can seem impossible when feeling low and things are not going right. Getting some stability in the living arrangement could help. Do you have any friends who might let you stay with them or could you perhaps move in with your mum.

 

The 2150 job thing is heartbreaking. I've seen/been in similar job seeking efforts. Applying for every single job (or around 5 jobs a day) is an exercise in frustration. Job seeking needs an objective even if that is as simple as having a job. Are you willing to take any job? Working at the local Woolies or petrol station while not awesome would still be a positive step (apologies as you may have done this already). When I was struggling to get a job in 95 (with two degrees, thinking what is wrong with me) I took a job pumping gas and then delivering pizzas 4 nights a week, eventually ended up falling into this IT thing

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I work as a ridiculously overpaid IT contractor two days a week. That, plus my wife's salary, pays the bills and allows me to spend two days a week working as a sales assistant in a running store which basically involves talking to runners about races they have coming up. The rest of my time is spent hanging out with my kids, getting them to/from school etc. I must've done something right in a previous life

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Creative Services Manager - Advertising Agency

25 years in the industry and still have my sanity.

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I bombed out of Grade 12 with an OP of 17 after spending most nights of that year at the hospital with my Terminally ill father.

After that I went down the TAFE to see what pre vocational courses were left and all there was left was bricklaying.

So I became a bricklayer. Did my Builders Reg while I was in the last years of my apprenticeship then proceeded to spend ALL my money on alcohol and racing motorbikes.

My bricklaying career came to an end with an almighty bust up with my boss and I told him he could stick his f#%king job up his arse. Possibly the most gratifying sentance ive ever said!

I went down to colledge and did grade 11 and 12 again in 1 year and got my TE rank of 98 and did a degree in Mechatronic engineering.

I used to do cashies while I was at uni which was a bit bizarre. One day id be putting one brick on top of another the next day it was triple integrals and partial differential equations.

Had a job as a graduate mechanical engineering consultant for a while and now Im a senior capacity planner for Telstra looking after power and air conditioning for the exchange buildings in Queensland and NT. About 4000 buildings.

The job is varied but a bit boring, pays well though and the hours are good.

I wouldnt say I love my Job but it certainly beats standing out on a slab laying fire rated blocks when its 40 degrees!!

I think when i have some money behind me ill start my own business. :)

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After being in the printing/publishing industry for about 35 years I was laid off and now work as a Porter at the local rehab hospital.

 

I get to push patients around in wheel chairs all day to their Physio appointments.

 

I don't get paid a lot, but I get to walk a lot, talk a lot, and listen a lot, as well as work with and meet some pretty interesting people.

 

And it's only a 10 minute cycle to work. :smile1:

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I went down to colledge and did grade 11 and 12 again in 1 year and got my TE rank of 98

Wow! Respect.

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I'm also a physio, did my first degree in sports science but not much work in that field really, so I went back to do physio. Met my wife at Uni who is also a physio - we had been to Japan for Uni holidays and had a number of contacts there so we moved to Tokyo 11 years ago when we had enough experience to open our own clinic. Then a few years ago Japan became a hot place to come to for ski holidays, and our favourite place in Japan (Niseko), became full of foreigner skiers in winter. As our market is injured foreigners in Japan I went up to open a branch there. Was just an excuse to snowboard a lot initially - I had the clinic phone diverting to my mobile and a headset and auto answer on the mountain and I'd take appointments while riding! After a few years of working winters in Niseko and back in Tokyo for the rest of the year, we got some physios who wanted to stay year-round in Tokyo so stayed in Niseko. We've now got about ten staff in Niseko and also another clinic in Hakuba. The past 4 years we've been in Niseko all year, and only working winters.

 

Cycling in Hokkaido in summer is so good, and I still giggle like a ten year old doing fresh powder turns, so can't complain. I don't snowboard as much as my first couple of seasons and am more fussy about when I will go out, but still ride a few days a week. The physio we do in winter is really interesting, as there is no doc in the village we are almost and Accident and Emergency centre. We've become specialists in knees - diagnosing ACLs every day - we see our share of tears.

Dealing with 20m of snow can be a bit tiresome. We just got permanent residence in Japan now, but actually moved to Singapore for a little bit to open a branch here and we're opening one more ski-clinic in Nozawa, which is the latests hot-spot for international skiers. My wife has made some noises about moving back to Aus, but we don't have much going on back there as far as work, and with a few physio clinics in every suburb it's a bit intimidating to open your own there. Between Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney and the ski resorts, Niseko's where I want to live the most (hence the handle), its pretty quiet in the (8 month long) off-season, bloody muddy in May when the snow melts, and November can be a bit miserable with everyone waiting for the snow and some cold rain, but the roll of the seasons is really special and part of the reason I love the place.

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I'm a clinical nurse in a medium to large emergency department. I basically attempt all day to prevent doctors and junior nurses from unexpectedly killing people and at the same time attempt to get everyone to leave the department within 4 hours as some brain surgeon in Canberra decided we only get paid if people do not stay for more than 4 hours in emergency departments.

 

 

See my previous post. (I am a nurse, highest post Assistant Director, 800 beds, Tertiary care)

 

When kids where in college in the USA, and I still worked in Saudi, I had to send them monthly pocket/money/meal money for over 4 years, both in school at the same time. When I was night supervisor I covered EMS as well as the rest of the hospital. Quite a few nights I pulled more than 6 hours down there.

 

I started pulling 12 hour shifts as an ER nurse, working either in triage or in a section where I handled 4 beds, but not Level 3. I had 4 patients in the rooms plus at least 4-10 in the waiting room. The 12 hour shifts went by very quickly, getting a 30 minute meal break plus 2 15 minute coffee breaks, which I usually took on the fly so as not to get behind. Riveting stuff, often wish I could have done it a bit more, and every problem patient you have is ultimately going home or getting admitted and you don't deal with long term problems. 1 Shift=one month's support for 1 child, so it was worth it.

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Work for Department of Trade and Investment. Enjoy many aspects of the job (the fact that we deal with so many different businesses, export, import, and pretty much everything and anything that's not retail) but the paperwork can be very frustrating. Seeing a business/council/tourism board etc get some good runs on the board after assistance/advice is great, as is getting a say in the economic development of the region I live in.

 

Also work weekends as an Event Director - mountain bike and adventure races. Unfortunately having to give worlds a miss this year due to fact that new bubs will be only seven weeks old. Great contrast to the Economic development work - heels and suits to runners and event t's. Husband's business but he prefers race director role.

 

Just launched an import/distribution business as well - great timing with the AUD crashing, but previous time on an Foreign Exchange desk with one of the big four had come in handy with hedging in place.

 

I tend to like being busy and get bored easily doing one thing.

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Clearly your not having the best run with things. Changing things can seem impossible when feeling low and things are not going right. Getting some stability in the living arrangement could help. Do you have any friends who might let you stay with them or could you perhaps move in with your mum.

 

The 2150 job thing is heartbreaking. I've seen/been in similar job seeking efforts. Applying for every single job (or around 5 jobs a day) is an exercise in frustration. Job seeking needs an objective even if that is as simple as having a job. Are you willing to take any job? Working at the local Woolies or petrol station while not awesome would still be a positive step (apologies as you may have done this already). When I was struggling to get a job in 95 (with two degrees, thinking what is wrong with me) I took a job pumping gas and then delivering pizzas 4 nights a week, eventually ended up falling into this IT thing

 

 

Tried everything mate. Most of the supermarket/petrol jobs go to Imports (as run by Asians)

I have no friends, never really get to make any when you moving so much.

As for Mum she is in Tassie and have bad relationship with father so unable to go back there. He thinks I am bludger

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Tried everything mate. Most of the supermarket/petrol jobs go to Imports (as run by Asians)

I have no friends, never really get to make any when you moving so much.

As for Mum she is in Tassie and have bad relationship with father so unable to go back there. He thinks I am bludger

 

 

WTF is an 'import'?

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Special Ed. High School Teacher

 

Ive got two stage 4 classes of kids who are 1-2 IQ points above being Moderatly Intellectually Disabled and the others are ADD, ODD, ADHD, mental health... you name it, I have to attempt to teach it. Love my job, best thing I have ever done.

 

Was a professional photographer. Got sick of the bullshit that goes along with that and having to just cop being treated like shit.

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People like you FP, who just come over here and steal our jobs!

I saw a documentary about it on SBS - I think it was called SouthPark.

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People like you FP, who just come over here and steal our jobs!

I saw a documentary about it on SBS - I think it was called SouthPark.

 

 

:lol:

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IT Manager with a prestige automobile manufacturer. New luxury car every 3 months, gym at work and some good triathletes to learn from so it's not a bad gig.

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My full time job is pretty boring I'm an estimator for a commercial joinery company. Been at the same company for 22 years as they are pretty good to work for and they look after me alright.

I also do some race timing on the side which is a bit of fun, and then my other part time job is reviewing stuff for Bicycling Australia magazine, which is all kinds of awesome.

Although my usually boring job had a good day today when we went in a chopper (a Bell 429 for yo-yo) from sydney airport through the city, over the harbour bridge and up the parramatta river, and then over the three sisters and off to Oberon. Pilot put her down at the fairmont resort on the way back then up to charmhaven, then somersby then back to sydney, not a bad way to spend the day.

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I'm also a physio, did my first degree in sports science but not much work in that field really, so I went back to do physio. Met my wife at Uni who is also a physio - we had been to Japan for Uni holidays and had a number of contacts there so we moved to Tokyo 11 years ago when we had enough experience to open our own clinic. Then a few years ago Japan became a hot place to come to for ski holidays, and our favourite place in Japan (Niseko), became full of foreigner skiers in winter. As our market is injured foreigners in Japan I went up to open a branch there. Was just an excuse to snowboard a lot initially - I had the clinic phone diverting to my mobile and a headset and auto answer on the mountain and I'd take appointments while riding! After a few years of working winters in Niseko and back in Tokyo for the rest of the year, we got some physios who wanted to stay year-round in Tokyo so stayed in Niseko. We've now got about ten staff in Niseko and also another clinic in Hakuba. The past 4 years we've been in Niseko all year, and only working winters.

 

Cycling in Hokkaido in summer is so good, and I still giggle like a ten year old doing fresh powder turns, so can't complain. I don't snowboard as much as my first couple of seasons and am more fussy about when I will go out, but still ride a few days a week. The physio we do in winter is really interesting, as there is no doc in the village we are almost and Accident and Emergency centre. We've become specialists in knees - diagnosing ACLs every day - we see our share of tears.

Dealing with 20m of snow can be a bit tiresome. We just got permanent residence in Japan now, but actually moved to Singapore for a little bit to open a branch here and we're opening one more ski-clinic in Nozawa, which is the latests hot-spot for international skiers. My wife has made some noises about moving back to Aus, but we don't have much going on back there as far as work, and with a few physio clinics in every suburb it's a bit intimidating to open your own there. Between Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney and the ski resorts, Niseko's where I want to live the most (hence the handle), its pretty quiet in the (8 month long) off-season, bloody muddy in May when the snow melts, and November can be a bit miserable with everyone waiting for the snow and some cold rain, but the roll of the seasons is really special and part of the reason I love the place.

 

 

Great post Niseko, love it. BTW, don't let your wife talk you into it, this place has 'gone to the pack'!!

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People like you FP, who just come over here and steal our jobs!

I saw a documentary about it on SBS - I think it was called SouthPark.

 

 

I can feel some 'Chocolate Salty Balls' comin' on... does that make me a chef?

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Special Ed. High School Teacher

 

Ive got two stage 4 classes of kids who are 1-2 IQ points above being Moderatly Intellectually Disabled and the others are ADD, ODD, ADHD, mental health... you name it, I have to attempt to teach it. Love my job, best thing I have ever done.

 

 

Thank you for doing what I would consider the hardest job in the world. We need more people like you with compassion and patience. I know I could not deal with it day in day out. Once again thank you very much.

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All that just to inspect particle board??? I had to do a road trip for that gig. Along with an abattoir at Dubbo, apples at Orange and other freight magnates of the Central West.

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:lol: guys who make the board ( mdf actually they don't make their own particle board) own the chopper. So they can commute between their factories.

It's a high tech toy I think he said only 5 in the country, all the others are owned by the military.

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Is the guy Mr.Ikea?

 

FitnessBuddy: what are your skills? What work are you looking for?

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Detective in Brisbane.

 

Highlight of the year to date was returning from Cairns and being in the team to solve the Brisbane cyclist who shot the homeless guy with a bow and arrow.

 

Funny how knowledge of cycling in the area lead us to locating him on CCTV which with other info ultimately led us to his front door.

 

 

Without giving away all your operational secrets, how did you track him down? Very impressive work.

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Thank you for doing what I would consider the hardest job in the world. We need more people like you with compassion and patience. I know I could not deal with it day in day out. Once again thank you very much.

 

Thanks... I don't consider it especially difficult but it suits my skill set. Thank you though :) always nice to be thanked.

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I'm an Electrical and Instrument Technician for the same company that Kal works for.

 

The plant I work at takes the gas that Kal's plant cracks and adds a catalyst and under extreme pressure creates plastic.

 

The pay is great, the hours are reasonable but the enjoyment is declining.

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Managed Internet security provider for a number of large companies you've all head of. Always interesting things happening.

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When I left school I intended to be a PE teacher. 2 years of HM Studies at uni told me I wasn't & I dropped out. I spent the next 12 months working cash jobs such as lawns (about 40), junk-mail, cleaning & assistant in a running shoe shop. Kept me fit & well cashed up for racing. At the end of that year i figured I'd had my gap year & started a Technicians Apprenticeship with Telstra. this was in the days when they trained their own staff. Four years later I came out of the apprenticeship and started travelling installing TV & Radio transmitters and antennas all over Qld. Got to see nearly all of the state, and climb & work on some of our highest structures. I really enjoyed the travelling and the work was interesting, but I felt I'd let myself down somewhere. I'd left school with a 985 TE score, and was working half the time as a rigger.

I decided to do an Electrical & Electronic Engineering degree by correspondence. About halfway through this, I got married & started a family, so pulled the pin on travelling & settled back in Brisbane, still with the big T, but in an exchange. Worst job I could imagine. Once I got the degree, I applied for a designer position, then a Planner. I now run the Wideband Planning group in Qld, planning the network we use for high speed data services to Enterprise & Government.

The work is varied, really interesting, and has me working with constructors one day, CIOs from major Multinational mining companies the next, then legal teams the day after. Not seen much these days, but I can see myself retiring from the same company I started with at 20.

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I've been a midwife for 24 years ..................a wonderful job that I am passionate about.

 

There is nothing greater than sharing the joy a gorgeous newborn baby brings to a family.

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I work in Search and Rescue. We coordinate SAR for 12% of the earths surface.

 

I stumbled into this job in a roundabout way from the military. 12years on Blackhawks & Hueys then met the girl I was going to marry (although I didn't know it at the time). My last year in the squadron I spent 11months away and thought this wouldn't be good if I'm serious about this so took a training job. Being the only utility helo regiment means everyone wants their piece of you. 2 years later I left to work in civilian helicopter EMS. I have done that in SA, QLD, NSW and the ACT. That job was alittle less work averaging 55hours per week up to 90ish. My record was 106hrs at work in a week. The best bit was pretty much NO TRAVEL. Then we decided we were going to start a family so for the first time in my life I took an office job. The good thing is I get to use my aviation skills but get to go home to my girls on time every time.

After 2 1/2 years I can say I love my job. It may not be as exciting as things I have done in the past, but I get to help a lot of people and they never know who I am.

 

Just for Buggeracup: I did get a back seat ride in a Hornet at ARDU when I was still in :smartarse: The trade off was taking the OPSO(hornet pilot) and teach him helicopter winching as part of a test I was doing on someone. Risk is relative. He was very nervous in the door at 200ft.

 

PS: Smiffy wins

 

 

I hear you about the long hours GlennC - pretty much always north of 55hrs a week for me, love the job and the flying though.

 

You're a brave man jumping in the pit with an ARDU Test Pilot, they're mad!

Come to think of it, some of the flying the chopper boys do is pretty crazy as well, I can understand why the OPSO was a little nervous. I like having the insurance policy of two engines and an ejection seat!

 

When did you get out? I've just been working with some of the ARH Tiger guys this week actually.

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I'm a grain and cotton broker.

Started my own business (with a business partner) at the start of this year. We act as the link between traders and farmers when they're selling whatever it is that they've grown. Mainly that is wheat, barley, sorghum, chickpeas, fababeans, canola and cotton. I spend a lot of time on the phone talking about the weather.

 

Starting up on our own was the best thing I've ever done workwise. I love being able to set the direction and culture (vibe!) of the business. It's also nice to have flexibility with work as I've got a young family and a small orchard as well.

 

 

Know any producers in Croppa Creek? I have family up there.

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There are some good stories here.

Personally I think Balri has the best job - 2 days of work, 2 days in a running shop, and then the rest with the family. That sounds like a good work-life balance!

I started out studying Exercise Science before moving on to the RAAF.

Have now ended up as a Dentist running a medium sized practice.

Love my job - Dentists are basically tradies that work inside the mouth - so there is a lot of job satisfaction.

Difficult part is trying to run a small business and work in it at the same time. Lots of long unpaid hours ( i would be better off working for someone else) - but I enjoy what I do.

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There are some good stories here.

Personally I think Balri has the best job - 2 days of work, 2 days in a running shop, and then the rest with the family. That sounds like a good work-life balance!

I started out studying Exercise Science before moving on to the RAAF.

Have now ended up as a Dentist running a medium sized practice.

Love my job - Dentists are basically tradies that work inside the mouth - so there is a lot of job satisfaction.

Difficult part is trying to run a small business and work in it at the same time. Lots of long unpaid hours ( i would be better off working for someone else) - but I enjoy what I do.

 

 

A fellow dental practitioner! where are you based?

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These days I am the Ops and Sales manager for Myplates. We bought the business off the Nsw govt on a 15 year concession.

Great job start about 7.30 leave by 4 and don't have any real pressure as we pretty much have to move at the pace of the government.

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I'm in the wrong game.

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Is the guy Mr.Ikea?

 

FitnessBuddy: what are your skills? What work are you looking for?

 

 

Qualfications

Diploma of Fitness

Cert III and IV in Fitness

Exercise Nutrition Certificate

First Aid

Working with Children

 

Past Jobs

- As a school kids never saw school holidays laboured for my father from 7yo to 15 every school holidays for nothing, no pocket money (no wonder don't have good relationship with him.

- 1998-2008 Game development Officer with TCA (tas cricket) Part Time/Casual, persisted as thought may lead to higher up position but these always got passed to others (only later to find the my manager was deliberating not forwarding my resumes etc on as I was better at the job then him)

- Blind Installer

- VFL/AFL Umpire (till got called cheat by Tasmanian Coach at the time Matthew Armstrong) this change my life, lost this job as boss got sick of press ringing work. Lost my friends, stopped playing cricket. Constantly getting called cheat walking in street locally. That possessed me to move on.

- Store person

- Retail Assistant Sport

- Au Pair x 7 times (volunteer)

 

Other volunteer roles - personal training, coaching, cooking, cleaning, sandwich hand, housekeeping just to get experience and skills

 

Unfortunately due to the nerve damage received from accident most job involving lifting heavy item are not an option anymore.

 

Next step to do NEIS and develop my own fitness business.

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I can't believe yoyo hasn't told us about his work in the Porn industry yet.

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I can't believe yoyo hasn't told us about his work in the Porn industry yet.

 

 

is yoyo a doctor? seriously

 

the only time he contributes without a one-liner piss take is when he makes a learned response regarding something medical or pharmaceutical

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Yoyo was the supplier for TDF.

 

The poor bugger can't afford the Internet anymore so won't be posting.

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