I Got A New (Temporary) Job!

Regular readers may remember way back in February, I mentioned that the opportunity to take a temporary job as a Business Analyst seemed to have arisen — as long as I was willing to do it for no extra pay. For those that don’t remember…  An Exciting Opportunity From initiation, the project I am working for identified the need, and budgeted, for a business analyst (BA). Our business has a department of business analysts, so it was expected one of them would be brought into the project. At the time, they were all tied up, the business advertised the role externally as a contract. For reasons that are absolutely beyond ... Show Me More!

The End Result of my Job Conundrum Is…

Six days after the job closed, I was offered an interview. Because I hate email, I don’t log in every day, which meant that: They sent me the invitation to interview on Tuesday afternoon. I opened it on Wednesday morning before work. The interview time was 10am Thursday! The Job Interview I was not expecting things to happen so quickly. I still had to go to work on Wednesday, so spent all my train trip time and lunch reviewing and preparing. That night I continued preparation, along with taking an hour to fill out all the paperwork. I also had to ask/notify my referees. I’d been holding off, because if ... Show Me More!

Is Workplace Loyalty Holding Me Back?

This is not the post I had scheduled, but I need to draw on the collective wisdom of the PF blogosphere. Is workplace loyalty an outdated concept? A Short History 18 months ago, I left my job for the one I’m now in. My previous job was part-time, 5 minutes from home, and reasonably paid on an ongoing contract basis. I enjoyed it, and still have a good relationship with the business, but for various reasons it was time for me to move on. My “new” job is full-time, and takes about 1 hour door-to-door. You can see how I spend my hours in my Day in the Life post. ... Show Me More!

A Mindset Change To Banish Overwhelm

I love blogging. I decided when I started that I would commit to posting once every 8 days for at least a full year. You may be asking, “why not weekly?” In my head, that didn’t feel achievable, whereas for some reason adding an extra day did. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself, or reduce my chance of success. To me, blogging regularly shows commitment. However, as it turns out, blogging isn’t only about chucking some words down on a page and pressing post. What’s So Overwhelming About Blogging? I enjoy all the other tasks that go along with running a blog, such as: maintenance tweaking the theme adding plugins ... Show Me More!

Australians Are Hoarders – Do You Suffer From FOTAL?

Ah, the holidays. It is a rare few that don’t look forward to (or even long for) that stretch of days without formal work. Full-time employees in Australia have an entitlement to four weeks paid annual leave. This entitlement is pro-rated for part-time. Compared to some countries (play with the embedded Tableau graph below), we are lucky to have this amount. When you add in the 10 or so public holidays each year, Australians get a significant amount of paid time off. And yet… at last count, we were holding on to a combined 133,737,000 days. It turns out that Fear Of Taking Annual Leave (FOTAL) is now a thing. Data ... Show Me More!