Working life begins
Trip Start Apr 17, 2011
87Trip End May 10, 2012
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The company I work for is called CanTeen which I have been brought to fill in a gap they have in their HR department and provide cover until a more divisive future HR plan is put into place for the business. It's a not-for-profit charity organisation that provides support and guidance for young people with cancer themselves, or those that have a sibling with cancer or children that have a parent that had cancer. It is a very worthwhile cause that I am happy that I am providing some benefit to whilst being here in Australia and hopefully I will be able to actually lend a hand with volunteering myself but the checks here are pretty strict like they are back home with a check similar to the CRB which is the Police check (PRM) and a Working with Children check so will see if I'm allowed to offer my services in due course
The people are really nice and it is definitely a more laid back culture in Oz. Just in regards to the flexibility in hours, the dress code where I work is pretty relaxed and there are plenty of biscuits, 'lollies' and cakes to bite into. As a future traveller around the country who is tying to cut costs for drinking money...am loving the free tea and coffee as it always a plus!
The first few days have been really good though and I have learnt so much already just in regards to the differences in Annual Leave and its allowance in that it has to be earnt to be taken rather than starting a job and going on a 2 weeks hol a week after you start however the one that's much better at home is Maternity/Paternity - they get 12 months off for Mat Leave (but it could be the father as well as the mother but the whole 12 months is unpaid!) Just as well, when one day I have kids its more than likely to be back in the UK. The laws back home are getting better for us as we speak on that very matter...so I look forward to see what other differences and similarities I will face in the world of work down under.
It was nice to go on my first Friday night drinks to a local bar where the happy hour is at the right time and finally I had my first glass of proper red wine here and as one of the girls at work said 'we import the crap stuff and keep the best here' she was right as I've never been a big fan of Aussie wine but this was some good stuff and I felt it after the third glass! It was a good evening as they were all very hands on to give me tips on my travel ideas and so my decision to work here has already paid off.