Hello, well over another year has past since my last post.
In that time I left my corporate project manager job in 2019 for a public transport role, however I was actually fired for the 1st time in my life as I passed all the tests but did not score high enough on my practical tests, go figure. Blessing in disguise I suppose as that company clearly had no patience and was not willing to invest in people as other organisations would have allowed you to iron out problems with additional training while you grew your skill level.
So again I found myself unemployed for almost a year before I accepted a job in a contact centre. It was a horrible numbing experience, training was woeful some lazy staff member just read out powerpoint slides for 2 weeks after which we were then thrown on the phones to answer calls unsupervised and with no training on the software.
We were also constantly threatened with performance management if we did not stay at our desks and answer calls with only a minute allowed between each incoming call. All this for just slightly above minimum wage at $21 an hour.
The company was a multi national billion dollar outsource provider and I know the equivalent govt position they were replacing would have paid $67,000 with 15% Super as opposed to the 40k we were being paid.
I thought again I do not want to repeat mistakes in my life and stay in another company treating its workforce a serfdom, so I quit on the Friday afternoon after 2 weeks so I could de-stress over the weekend.
I then began another period of unemployment in the middle of Covid 19, however after a few months I have managed to find a permanent part time job with local government, I only work a few hours a week but it is relaxing and I no longer have any stress. Money wise I am only earning a quarter of what I was on before so I am looking for another part time job to supplement my income, such as Coles , Woolies shelf stacker or a delivery driver on weekends or nights.
I also managed to pull money from my savings and bought into the sharemarket at its lowest point in March and sold in November so I am sitting on surplus money which again i have put back into savings as this needs to last me until I retire.
I lead a very frugal life, no holidays or expensive dinners etc. My only luxury is Fish and Chips on Saturday night, I make do with my small earning but I have my mental health and that is worth more than a large salary in a stressful, unrewarding corporate job.