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The appointment this morning was stressful, but because of the whole having to meet a new person and trying to understand what was going to happen next.

I’m with a Disability Employment Services provider which means they can help me in more tangible ways than the regular Job Services Australia people could – especially since I was a “level 1″ who was supposedly quite capable of doing it all myself.

So, I have a new contact there, we spent an hour going through my history and what made me flake out at my old jobs, and thinking about what sort of work I want to get into, both short term (this year) and longer term. I have to mull over whether SP is what I want to get back into or not, and related fields that might suit me better now and in the future. I totally know that I still want to work in some sort of disability related field, but what and with who is not certain. I said flat out no to hospitality, though :p If i was stress, I wanna get paid well for it!!

I no longer have to make 10 contacts a fortnight about potential jobs, nor do I have to take that list into Centrelink at their whim. I still have to go to Centrelink now and then to prove that I’m alive or something, and tick the boxes online. They put me as capable of 15 hours work a week for now.

Oh and I also get pharmaceutical allowance and a pension card with my Newstart. Rich, baby!

No front desk just a video phone to call them to let them know your here
No front desk just a video phone to call them to let them know your here. There were three seats, so it is also the waiting room area…

Yeah, the entrance to the office was weird, impersonal, and totally crap for people with phone phobias! Fortunately that wasn’t me, but it did add to my already heightened level of anxiety and confusion when I wasn’t able to immediately be reassured that I was in the right place at the right time and I wasn’t just imagining things.

So, I think I’ve FINALLY calmed down from it, let’s see how this all goes – I go back on the 30th.

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On Phone Interviews

August 8, 2014 · 0 comments

Hell Hole Wine
Hell Hole??

I had two job interviews by telephone yesterday, and just lined up a couple more for the coming weeks today.

The one I had first up went well, but I didn’t get the contract…. we’ll see about the other one.

Stasi Museum
Stasi Musem Phone East Germany

I both like and hate phone interviews. One thing is, they seem to expect better answers. You get chances to clarify, but then they don’t get to see whether you’re shaking in your boots or not.

Awesomely modern phone
Old Parliament House Phone, Canberra

Have you ever done a phone interview for a job? What was better and what was worse than F2F?

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So

I’m looking for work.

Centrelink tells me I need to contact 10 prospective employers a week.

Clearly that’s more than there are speechie jobs in my region.

So I go further afield… Bourke. Albury. Wagga.

And then add in other jobs. like home care.

and get a “you’re overqualified” email.

Keep trekkin.

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Hello Kitty x Peter Alexander nighty

I got this cuuuute Hello Kitty nighty from Peter Alexander on Monday (a very very late Xmas Gift).

meow!

(job interview tomorrow! eep!)

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I went shopping for a job interview outfit today. Because I’m a few sizes too big for all my old work clothes now, and because mum said she’d get me something so that I had it ready today. We shopped at Target, and she came out with pants, and I got a skirt, blouse and tights…. I was so close to buying the matching jacket, but that is so not me. *heh*

So, where did the last four months go?

December was a chaotic Hell and while the time since has flown, it seems a lifetime away.

Where has it gone?

What have I done?

*blinks*

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The next step

May 1, 2014

So I am seriously. consciously, applying for jobs. i’m a speech pathologist with 9 years experience working with school age children with delays, disabilities (Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disabilities etc). I’m fairly awesome when it comes to supporting the inclusion of kids in both mainstream and specialist education settings. I’m also great with language impairments, […]

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Back to it

March 3, 2014

Where do I start? I’m still looking for a job. Part time, preferably. For my sanity. I re-enrolled in uni. Master of Applied Linguistics. Which means relearning Syntax. And how to write essays. I still live with my parents, and my sister and her kids. Which I’m grateful for after we nearly lost her last […]

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Careful, she bites

November 14, 2012

“Fiona!!!” Another day, another ruckus. A kid is melting down, taking the class and teachers with him. Strength in numbers, separating some kids, shuffling those around that can deal with it. Some one on one time with whoever is available. I hold the girl’s hand in the playground. Not letting her go, not near the […]

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Weary, but Ok

October 15, 2012

I woke up well enough. With my alarm, 6am, out of bed for a walk. The sleepiness set back in after that, battled off with trusty caffeine. Which sent me buzzing a mile a minute. Churning through visuals, making up feelings boards, supports for Where is the Green Sheep?, flap visuals for Where’s Spot? Making […]

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I cashed a cheque today. I know, I didn’t realise that was still a thing!

September 6, 2012

I didn’t go to the beach today. Instead, I spent the day between the dining table and the balcony. Nerding away, blowing my nose repeatedly, and continuing to curse that my brain bounces against my skull as I cough and it hurts. And I also watched some more Puberty Blues. Yeah, a bit of a […]

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Card Me

August 21, 2012

A speech pathologist walks into a grade five classroom. A ten-year-old boy turns and looks at her. Then looks at the deputy principal and asks “Is this a new kid?” Anyway. I found my box with my favourite speech things in it. My artic test, my key word sign resources. I set up my room […]

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