Thursday, June 9, 2011

A New Job!

Well it is almost a month since I had the interview, but I have landed a new job!

You may remember I had an interview with the Victorian Public Service. One of the three person interview panel asked me to apply for another job the same day (I didn’t get that one).
Then about a month ago the chairperson of the panel had her PA ask me to apply for another job for which I was interviewed.

I thought I had done a reasonable interview, but hadn’t heard any more. Then last night one of my referees phoned and told me she had been contacted for a reference.

Naturally I was pretty excited last night and today I was phoned by the chair of the third panel and offered the third job! The delay was caused by an internal applicant appealing their decision.

To say I am relieved and happy to get the new job is somewhat of an understatement. The job is very different to my current one. At the moment I am managing a couple of charity services that support homeless people in Melbourne. My current job is very coal face, very stressful and exhausting. I love community service, but I am ready for a change.

The new job is very different, it is managing a policy team for the Department of Health. The link with my experience is that part of the role is oversight of programs that provide services to homeless and other marginalised people. Effectively my ‘clients’ in the new job will be charities and other NGOs that run services similar to the ones I am running now.

I won’t be starting for at least another three weeks because I have to give notice where I am now. The hardest part will be leaving the truly dedicated team of staff and volunteers that I manage now. It will also be strange moving away from the community sector and into a government job.

I’m not kidding myself, the new job will have a steep learning curve. It is going to have its own stresses. But in comparison to the real dangers we face in this work it will seem a refreshing change.

Now just a few piccies.

The Horseshoe Falls, Mount Field National Park, TasmaniaFungi, Mount Field National ParkFreycinet Peninsula, Tasmania in morning lightWave washed rocks Freycinet Peninsula


Linda G. said...

Congratulations! Best of luck in your new venture. :)

And, as usual, gorgeous pictures!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Good luck with your new job. I'm sure working with the government won't be nearly as stressful as working for a non-profit. (wink, wink) Just kidding. You've done meaningful work, and your new job will allow you to continue doing meaningful work. That's worth much more than money alone. (though the money doesn't hurt!)

Old Kitty said...

I am doing a happy chirpy totally excited dance just for you!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done you!!! Yay!!!!!!! I am so so so so so so so thrilled for you!! Wonderful!!! Yay!!!

Oh thanks for these stunning pics!! Take care

Jayne said...

Fantastic news! Well done. :-)

Love those wave-washed rocks. And the description of them!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Yay! Congrats!!

Amanda said...

Congratulations!!! I've been reading your blog but on my iPhone so it's been hard to comment. I'm going back and commenting now though :) I just saw that your book is published and I'm so excited, I'll be ordering it soon. Yippee!

Vicki Rocho said...

Congratulations! That's great news! I hope you are very happy in your new position!

Lisa said...

Congrats on the new job, Al! I'm sure Deb and the girls will be happy not to have to worry about your well-being every day. Lovely piccies!

Kristen M. said...

Congratulations, Al! I am glad (as I'm sure your family is as well) that we won't have to be worrying about your safety anymore.

The piccies are stunning, especially the fungi!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Congratulations, Al! Enjoy your new role...

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