February 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm #519471froot_loopzMember
Ive never moved for a job, but did relocate interstate with two kids, a dog, 2 cats and a guinea pig for a bloke. ( after 3 years of walking on eggshells, of him dumping me constantly I woke up one day and said THATS IT, Im a tad slow) 😆
I have absolutely no one else to rely on but myself, all family is in WA.
I do find it difficult at times
If you have the chance to take a job out of SA, take it. SA sucks for jobs, very hard to get one and its only going to get harderFebruary 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm #519472DaylaMember
I don’t know how long VIC will be good for jobs as you say. this new govt is not spending and is all cut cut cut!February 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm #519473Bandicoot ValleyMember
Kristy, if you did a course here, there would be other passionate gardeners doing it too. There’s a good chance you could hook up with them & start your own business. You could do it on the side while still doing IT until the gardening business took off. Another option is going out to the Food Forest & doing a permaculture course there. There’s a new one starting in April & runs over the easter break & then two weekends beyond that, so do-able while still working at your IT job. You would get heaps of contacts via them & maybe that’s where a job will come from. Many gardening type jobs are word of mouth rather than advertised.
And yet another option – get involved with a local community garden. I’m now on the committee of The Old School Community Garden in Stirling & it’s set to become the largest community garden in SA. As well as doing that, I’m volunteering at Jupiter Creek Farm, which is the new organic food box CSA farm, with the anticipation that it will become paid work when it gets into the groove more. Added to that a new homeschool project we’re working on from the CSIRO about carbon footprints, climate change & sustainability & all the work on the property at home & it’s more than enough to keep my passion & my interest going. There are other options like it out there.
Can you reduce your IT work by a day a week & volunteer at Jupiter Creek too? It’s near Echunga. Too far for you?February 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm #519474KristyMember
Thank you everyone for your feedback, after spending a wonderful weekend in the garden, with my chooks and ducks, I know I can’t leave… I withdrew my application this morning.
BV I like your suggestion of reducing my hours down to 4 days a week, it is something I have definitely been thinking about.
I have thought about doing a PDC with the Food Forest, I was thinking about doing it last year. Might look into it again this year…February 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm #519475BlueWrenMember
Hi Kristy. :hug: At least you’ve had the opportunity to think everything through to reach your “stay put” decision, and that has to have been a useful exercise.All the best.February 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm #519476porgeyMember
Kristy post=337335 wrote:
I feel sad at the thought of not having my garden and house to tend to, my ducks and my chickens, who I spend hours watching, and it is lovely that my sister can come over with her nieces 15 mins drive.
I reckon this is enough of a reason to stay put, especially being a sister and auntie. For me being a good Uncle is far and away more important than a formal job structure which I can learn myself.
A great thing about gardening, especially if you have a passion for it, is you can learn so much from just doing it. It also is great exercise and the food you grow helps you save money which may enable you to reduce your IT hours freeing up time for more of things in life you enjoy.February 6, 2012 at 11:51 am #519477KristyMember
Thank you everyone for your advice and stories 🙂 I would love to reduce my hours to 4 days a week. May keep an eye out for a job that may satisfy this 🙂
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