Eek poor you, that doesn't sound much fun.
First of all --- what did you teach? Is it anything that can transfer to adult education because if it does there are hundreds of RTOs (registered training organisations) that might offer you temporary or casual work at quite a good rate of pay. Better than pulling pints anyway. I work for an RTO and even though it's mid semester, stuff happens, staff get sick etc and people need hourly paid staff.
If you let me know what you teach I can probably think of RTOs who might be good bets - nothing guaranteed but at least some of the research will be done.
Secondly --- have you got your CV/Resume together --- stress transferrable skills gained both in workforce and at home --- and spend a day going round the Employment / Recruitment agencies ... including those that do labour hire. Yellow pages wil list them. I've also done some work for recruitment firms and their jobs go to people on their books who they've met and made some sort of connection with ... the old 'networking' thingy
Thirdly --- can you register as a teacher here? There are casual teaching vacancies that might tide you over though more likely to come up before term 2 (after Easter) etc?
Originally Posted by Deb17
Wow guys. Well done for all your suggestions.
You are all so helpful and really lovely people .
I work for torrens transit at morphetville but they have depots all over the place.
They train you from start to finish and pay you minimum $400 per week take home whilst training.
Only criteria you will need is: Calmness (no road rage) a clean police record, Full drivers licence, PR visa and pass a medical. Oh yeah and be able to have a laugh plus a crazy soh helps as well.
You get 3 attemts at your test that also qualifies you to drive artics (big trucks) and the test is realy easy compared to the Uk drivers test.
Training takes about 4 weeks start to finish and then your on full pay.
There is a lot of split shifts e.g. 0700 start to 09.00 and then about 3pm to 6 or 7 pm.
Yes only roughly 6 to 7 hrs a day. weekend are optional but a shed load more money.
Average saturday pay around $220.00 to $270.00 and sundays around $300 to $330 per day and more for working public holidays, however you might only get one saturday or sunday a forfnight as theres a roster which you would be in.
You would also be rosterd once and a while to do a few late shifts but you get the higher rate pay for that as well.
Over all its not a bad job but can be frustrating and testing at times when your stuck on currie street for 30 minutes.
If you or any one wants to know more heres the website address http://www.swantransit.com.au/tt/default.asp or just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0424258750 and ill will see if i can answer any of you questions.
Right, let me run down the list of options.
The bus driving one yes, I will apply to that...if Kazzarazza thinks I am too proud or whatever at this stage, he/she should see the state of my food cupboard! I am not a snob who boasted about her past in the UK. I was a very humble classroom teacher, not a big shot! I do not begrudge anyone a good wage for working hard, and would like the opportunity to work hard myself, but this town has a lot more opportunities for men than it does for women.
And that's a fact, it seems to me, after so many months of scouring the job ads.
Erm...the Big W suggestion. I have had my CV with Woolworths, Big W, K Mart, Coles, Bunnings, everyone I can think of. I went back to the Big W site yesterday, clicked on applying for jobs at the new Hallett Cove store and the job has been removed, so obviously positions have been snapped up.
Re: Jo and Phil...I am actually registered as a teacher, but I'm a Primary School Teacher, hence no job! I've tried TRT work, it doesn't work for me! I get called at a time that wakes my husband up (he's a shift worker!) or it's too short notice (I also have my own kids to get to school.) Plus, it's not regular hours or a regular wage which is no good in the long term! Obviously being Primary trained doesn't help you get a job in training, lecturing or youth work, all options I have already looked at, but couldn't afford the training (and now I can't afford the time! Time has run out!) I have basically left all ideas of teaching behind now and am trying to fit myself into whatever job is going!
Yes, I do have my CV up to date, stressing transferable skills etc. But it seems to be really hard to convince employers that handling 30 argumentative kids at a time is comparable with running a reception desk or doing admin work.
As for Centrelink...well no, we are not eligible for income top up, emergency payments etc. Having just been made permanent residents we are not entitled to unemployment or any other supplements to income for another 2 years because of 'statutory qualifying periods'. Basically you are here for four years before you can claim anything like that, although we have a claim in for family tax benefit, at last; the equivalent of child benefit.
Thank you for all comments and suggestions.
But the comment about Australia rewarding us 10 fold does grate a bit after almost 3 years of crap at the hands of the state government who told us we could not buy a house or get a permanent visa unless one of us was in a 'skilled' job, hence my husband wasting 13000 dollars of our savings re-training...he could just as well have stayed working in a sandwich bar and saved the money!
Australia has given me nothing so far, all it has done is take. I appreciate that experiences are different for all of us, and I came here full of hope and with an open mind, completely prepared to take up another career, only to find that Australian employers are not as open-minded as the ones at 'home'.
Originally Posted by Deb17
Nowhere in my post did I imply that I thought you personally were a snob or too proud. I was making a general comparison between the attitude to workers and career choices in the UK vs Australia. I took exception to your comment about being "disgusted with the Australian system......." which, I personally, think gives everyone a fair go.
I am sorry to read that things have been tough for you and your family and I hope something turns up for you very soon.
Last edited by Kazzarazza; 06-03-2009 at 02:36 AM.
I have followed your troubles before and know that TRT was not an option because of the reasons you state again above, but surely now that your hubby has lost his job, you should be able to do some shifts as he won't be needing to sleep in the day, nd can help you out with taking the kids to school. Yep, the insecurity is not good in the long term, but if you need to put food on the table right now, it might help.
Originally Posted by Deb17
Claire's tip of the RDNS is good, hours are perfect for those with school kids. Wish I could go for it myself!
Personally don't know, as we are temp, but I think the family assist thing, or whatever its called should be processed fairly quickly and is a good sum, so that should help out, if it is taking a while, maybe phone and ask why, I had to ring them when my daughter was born and they were very helpful.
Wishing you best of luck in finding something.
Deb love, we have had this conversation before about teaching. You have got to accept that the only way you can get a long term is if you do some short term work and that might mean a day or two but until you have an Aussie teaching reference you are going to stuggle. Mind you, that might not stop the trouble either but the fact there is now no shift work going on means you should be able to answer the phone early in the morning with the OH doing the school run.
The suggestion about tutoring is a good one. There is some sort of advert I have seen in the paper which asks for staff to do tutoring with children.
Handling 30 kids mean multi tasking and you can and should put that as a transferable skill.
I wish you the very best of luck in finding a job
I hope you do apply to be a bus opperator (not called drivers here).
We could do with some more girlys on the road and the boss is a Scotsman not an Aussie.
Gotta admit its a lot more aggressive than driving in the Uk but also a lot more fun with the normal head-cases and drivers that like to have a laugh and a joke + we take the mic out of each other quiet a lot.
If you wanna put the hours in its possible to take home a grand a week.
Where bouts do you live as theres bound to be a depot near by.
Right, thanks for the heads up Matt, I have downloaded the application form for bus operators. And having driven through the gridlocked streets of Birmingham during rush hour I'm sure I could handle any amount of traffic with great patience and fortitude. I lived four miles away from work and it took me 40 minutes to get there...
I have also printed off the RDNS application forms for Domestic and Home Support Workers...is there going to be a problem that the closing date appeared to be 4th March, or will they still take general applications? Don't want to waste my time filling it in if it won't be accepted now.
Libby, please re-read my reply...I have GIVEN up on teaching entirely now...there really is no point in me even continuing to pursue this line or in you trying to push me towards this as a goal...I have had so much hassle trying to do TRT that it just isn't worth it. As for hubby not working...luckily he HAS now found another position, but the hours are even worse than they were with Woolworths, different shift times and patterns...very difficult to try and work around that. And however long this job lasts for the wages are still not enough for four people to live on. Two and a half years of soul-destroying, scraping by existence on far less than Matt earns as a bus driver has left us with nothing, (no wonder I am jumping at that opportunity!) Like I said, I do not have any more time to waste on putting my all into trying to get a teaching job that just isn't there! Food needs to be put on the table and I've a 300 dollar leccy bill overdue...I'm waiting for the lights and the computer to go off, as I write.
"Australia has been built, in a relatively short space of time, by hard working people and it rewards it's tradies and other workers. It does not take too kindly to people who say "look at me, look at me - I was this, that or the other in a former life." Be fair to Australia and it will reward you, in return, 10-fold. "
This is the best quote i have seen
"Australia has given me nothing so far, all it has done is take. I appreciate that experiences are different for all of us, and I came here full of hope and with an open mind, completely prepared to take up another career, only to find that Australian employers are not as open-minded as the ones at 'home'. "
I think this is the mistake alot of people have made, i wanted to Change my career as do a lot of others ..........but it ant going to happen, you have to stick to what you know to start with at the bottom if need be, then and only then when contacts have been made and knowledge of our new country has been gained is anyone in a position to just change careers.
Last edited by graandjac; 06-03-2009 at 11:12 AM.