New Role At Work

It has been just over 3 months at my new role and I can say that I was offered another ongoing role just last week. I started the new role today & will do 2 days at my new role, while I do 3 days in my old role till my contract finishes on 19th September. Needless to say it’s been a really exciting day today. I got to learn a whole heap of new things and get to know the records system and workflow. My old role was as an archivist and now I’m a records administrator. I’ve gotten quite a bit further in just over 3 months than I did in 5 years in my old role. Not sure what work saw in me, but this promotion was a real surprise.

 

I’ve always thought that things worked out for a reason and by chance I’ve always fallen into things accidentally and somehow managed to prosper and make my way through things. Not exactly sure why or how, but it seems to have happened with my previous job, I fell into it after uni when my circumstances were pretty dire (I was on a student visa, the GFC just hit, employers weren’t employing people who weren’t PR and I hadn’t gotten my PR so I couldn’t get a job). I was offered a job 2 weeks into my prac & I stayed there for 5 years.

 

I fell into this position quite by accident as well as it was by chance that I saw an e-mail advising of a position available in the CBD as an archivist, starting immediately and full time. I swung by for an informal chat & obtained the job, which I am where I am now. By chance, someone had left within another department & I was offered this position. All this with my employer knowing that I didn’t have the experience or records background, but knew I was studying the Grad Diploma in Info & Library Studies and finishing up this year. From what I’ve heard, as long as I’m willing to learn, I will be fine. I take that stance in everything I do and every job I go into, I’m not going to lie about what I do know, but am upfront and frank about what I know, but make it very clear that I am willing to learn.

 

I am a bit buggered out at the moment, uni is taking up quite a bit of time, but I am 2 units away from my Grad Dip! I’m super excited about that, but not looking forward so much to all the assignments. Am currently immersed in the Harry Potter series again (I am currently reading about the Yule Ball in the Goblet of Fire and laughing my heart out at Ron’s dress robes!) amongst other things to wind down after work and uni. I’ve missed reading heaps. Speaking of library and reading, my new work place has an informal library where we can take and give books out of a mini cupboard labelled ‘Library’. I’m an excited little person right now!

Epic Opportunity Frigging Yeah

For those playing at home, that phrase comes form a local tv ad advertising the End of Financial Year sale for some cars. It is that time of year again & it has been a bit of a kick start to some new habits & a project. I used to be really good at keeping track of my expenses, but have dropped off as money wasn’t such a giant issue as time went on.

 

So I took the opportunity to kick start my expense tracking again. I’m using this app on my phone called Xpensy, which is really nifty & shows how much I spend in each category. Really helps me identify where I’m bleeding money the most or spending unnecessarily. Always good to know as I always seem to think I have more money that I actually have. Heh.

 

Also, have begun my new project, slowly setting things up and getting ideas onto paper and into motion. It’s rather exciting as I’m hoping that this project will be an outlet for my creative side that I’ve always felt has been rather under utilised. It’s all under wraps at the moment for good reason, I’m wanting to give it the best chance to succeed when I finally reveal it. But I am very, very excited about it to say the least.

 

So far, it’s been nearly 2 months that I’ve been in my not so new job now. As each day goes past, we keep finding more and more documents to be digitised or hardcopy archived, I’m still amazed at the amount of documents generated in the 7 years. The aim is to get everything cleared by end of August or early September but we will be doing it till we finish everything so when the actual finish date is anybody’s guess. My colleague’s initial contract at another project was 3 months, but it took her 1 year and 2 months to finish. I must say, now that I’ve slowly adjusted to my colleagues and settled in, the human interaction side of things are improving considerably. Actually talking to my colleagues is helping the time go past at work so much quicker, which is awesome. The amount of work I’m doing each day is also relatively high, so things will get done eventually, I’d say it’d be around the September mark. I’m actually looking forward to finishing up to be honest & move on to other things.

Week 2 At Work

I’ve done 2 weeks of full time work at my new job & I must say I don’t particularly love it, but I don’t hate it either. I’m a bit meh with it. Checking that physical documents match the scanned version & typing in codes to say that it matches for 7.5 hours a day is enough to make me see stars. I have to type in “DIGP0019″ on each document and by the end of each working day, I’m starting to call it digpooig in my head. I have to find amusement in such things, or else I’ll go insane with boredom.

 

On the bright side, I’m allowed to listen to music or radio while I work, which is nice. I made it through the 1st week without listening to music as I was a bit unsure if that was allowed, but seeing that my colleague was watching anime while he worked, I’m pretty sure listening to radio is fine. Plus, I was outputting something ridiculous like close to 400 documents per day.

 

I can’t say I see myself in this position past the September deadline, it is way to mundane for my liking. It does pay well for the work I’m doing though, but I really miss the human interaction part of a job. Staring at the screen for almost 8 hours a day with barely a word spoken to colleagues really isn’t me. I know I am shy and don’t talk much, but going mostly the entire day without talking to anyone is starting to do my head in. They’re aiming for about 4 months for us to archive & digitise most of the documents left behind after a 7 year project, which isn’t too bad given that I’ve worked out that they’ve got about 30000 to 40000 documents to complete and aim to do 2000 per week. Those numbers scare me, but I’ve worked out in my 2 weeks there, I’ve done just over 2000 documents, so there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

I’ve decided to stick out this 4 month casual contract, I was told that there might be work till December, but really have to play it by ear. Not sure that after 4 months of staring at the same types of documents, I’d be wanting to sign up for another 3 months of it. If any interesting library jobs come up after the initial 4 months, I’m going for it. Being on a casual contract isn’t entirely the best & I definitely do want to get back to a permanent role somewhere. But for now, this will suffice :)

Finally Employed!

As the title will suggest, I’m finally gainfully employed! I managed to score an informal chat with a potential employer on yesterday and next thing I know, I’m being asked to fill in paperwork & induction forms for a Monday start. I am truly thankful for the job as I’ve been sitting at home, doing nothing for most of the time for the longest time and it has really started to take its toll on me. The job is not the best of things, but it definitely is a step in the right direction and the pay is not too bad. There are worse things that could happen I’m sure.

 

At the moment, I’ve got a bit of first day nerves and just want to go in and have a squizz at what I will be doing. From what I understand, it is a bit of data entry along with matching documents and ensuring compliance to the client’s documents and verifying things. It is rather vague but an opportunity is an opportunity. It is a step into the records management field, which is pretty awesome looking on my resume. Only downside is that it is casual work till end of September, maybe till the end of the year before being rotated if there are projects available. Am looking forward to finishing my Grad Dip & then fully throwing myself into library work when it is all done.

 

On the bright side of all this, is the opportunity to get some #ootd shots & to try on new looks! I will be working in the city which is rather dangerous when it comes to shopping. I’ve been really good for the past year or so, I think I deserve to splurge a little every now & then. Plus being Asian, I’ve already written up a list of things I will reward myself with, plus a budget to stick to. Can’t say I’m not prepared! :)

New Project

I just had an interview for a part time position at my local library yesterday. I’m going to tentatively say that it went well, I don’t want to jinx the whole thing. After the interview, I ended up at the local regional museum, just so I could get out for a bit. I love museums to bits! Was really interesting to learn about the local history in my area and how the area came to be what it is today. I also ended up buying a cow shopping bag from the museum, just to add to my ever growing collection of cows :)

 

Anyway, after a bit of thought with the whole unemployment thing and the way the state and federal budget is going, I set myself a goal for a Super Secret Kristine Project to keep myself busy while looking for more work plus who knows, this might evolve into something and take on a life of its own. I’m hoping anyway.

 

Not giving out any details, but starting to project has gotten me motivated to blog more & to throw myself into this new goal. As an Occupational Therapist by trade, having no occupation at the moment is really throwing me off kilter. When I went to the optometrist the other day to get my eyes tested, the optometrist asked what I do for a living & it was a bit awkward to explain my situation. I didn’t want to say unemployed, so I used my fallback strategy of what I used to do & now I’m looking for other work. Beating around the bush isn’t exactly my thing, so it threw me a bit. This kind of is how the idea of the project started. I’ve had ideas in my head for a while, but no real push or drive to get things done. No time better than now, right?

 

Anyway, I thought I’d write that down somewhere so that I can look back & see the exact day I decided to take my future into my own hands & do something about it. Wish me luck!

Career Change

Some of you might know that I’m a qualified Occupational Therapist (OT) but have never worked in a hospital or traditional OT role since I graduated 5 years ago. I fell into my previous job with a Disability Employment Service as I did my prac there and loved the job so much, that I never left. It wasn’t your traditional OT role, but I did enjoy the OT aspects of the role which included researching new equipment for clients and assisting them with obtaining funding for it. By the time I left, my traditional rehab type OT skills were non-existent, shall we say.

 

In my final year at work, I took the plunge and seriously explored library work as an alternative career. Why? Cause Matt made it look so enticing and to be honest, I’m a book nerd. Hey, I was always¬†told off for reading at the table and actually tried to run my own library at home. Surely that was a sign? Anyway, it took me about 6 months to run the idea through before actually taking the plunge to start a Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies. I’m in my second semester (just over halfway through!) and I’m loving it. Ok, maybe I’m not loving all the assignment and essay parts of it all, but I’m enjoying that I’m being stimulated intellectually (oh, the irony!) and have goals to work towards.

 

I suppose it is quite tough moving from one career to another and I can attest to that. I’m currently unemployed and looking for work mainly in libraries as a library officer. Starting from the bottom, yo! I actually don’t mind it. Some people have the impression that I’m just settling into whatever job I can find, but honestly I love it. When I completed my 3 week prac, I was over the moon with what library officers to. There was little to no stress and pay was higher than my previous position (if you don’t look at the car and petrol part). I’ve put in some applications to libraries and hoping to hear back from them. I’ve also put in some applications for non-library roles, which are actually higher paying, but I’ll have to see.

 

Changing careers in your late 20s isn’t the easiest thing. But I figured, if I’m not happy where I am, I should do something to change it. I might not make the most money or be a millionaire by the time I’m 30, but I’ll be happy. And I think that’s the most important variable in this all. Plus, since I won’t be so stressed, I’d have time to pursue hobbies and things I like doing, rather than having sleepless nights thinking about things I need to do at the office or worrying about how my clients or their families might hate me and blame me for what’s happened to their kid. My health cannot take that kind of a lifestyle anymore. I’d rather be happy and do the things I love.

Procrastination 101

I must admit, I’m a really bad student when it comes to writing assignments. I always end up leaving it right up till the last minute & then stressing out while writing the bloody paper. Today’s assignment is no different in this arena.

 

Study Table

 

I’ve got an assignment to write on the topic of empowerment, how staff can be empowered in an information service workplace and if empowerment can be a useful HR tool. Truth be told, it probably is a very exciting topic in itself. I just don’t like writing papers on topics like theses & then have to find at least 8 scholarly articles to base my arguments upon. Abstract concepts like this doesn’t sit well with my style of analytical writing or brain. Somehow I just find it very difficult to put pen to paper (so to speak) when trying to explain and argue an abstract point.

 

As such, my procrastination plan today was:

  1. Nap
  2. Write some words
  3. Watch TV
  4. Write some more words
  5. Rinse and repeat till midnight when my essay is due

 

So far, I’ve fiddled with my computer updating it to Windows 8.1 and tried to fix a glitch where my computer has refused to let me play Minecraft: Attack of the B Team due to something with Java, my graphics card and something called a DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION. Updating everything didn’t even make the damn thing work. Anyway, I digress.

 

I’m 123 words into my 2000 (+/- 10%) word essay. I’ve got about 7 hours left. I suppose it is about time to actually get started properly…

Blogging Fodder

As the title suggests, I always have trouble with what I blog & if I blog at all. I constantly struggle with the balance of how much about my life I should publish online versus I want to document my life and the happenings so that when I grow old, I can flip through my blog and have a glimpse of what I was at that particular age. At uni, I thought I’d have more time to blog when I finished uni as I was always either caught up with assignments or desperately trying to finish up my assignments or maintaining my sanity while working. After I graduated, I thought I’d have time to blog as I didn’t have to chase down uni deadlines and be bogged down by how much I have to work to be able to survive. That’s didn’t really change, work took over & became the be all & end all of things. It was as if I didn’t know how to do anything apart from study or work.

 

5 years post uni and unemployed, you’d think I’d have more time or mojo to blog, but somehow that hasn’t happened. I was always caught up in the notion that there is always a perfect time later down the track to get things down. Eg: I’ll blog after uni as I’d have more time to dedicate to it. Or I’ll wait till such and such month to do something as the weather or whatever variable is perfect for it. It has taken a long time to eventually learn that there are no perfect times to do things. Like the cliched saying goes, time and tide waits for no man. There really isn’t a perfect time to do things, you make the best of the situation you are in and you grab a hold of your dreams tight and get down to it.

 

Not working has certainly made me mull in my thoughts a bit more and that isn’t always the best thing when you have an imagination as active as mine. I’ve been putting in applications for jobs and just waiting to hear back from things, but the waiting around is driving me up the wall. There is only so many TV shows that I can watch, only so many blogs I can read and only so many times I can go on Facebook before I go bonkers. Thankfully I’ve still got uni, which is keeping me busy enough to focus on the bigger picture and what I want to achieve in life. Although, I still complain about assignments and procrastinate to some level :P

 

I am hoping to find some semblance to how much of my life I share online & how much I keep to myself. I don’t think that struggle with ever go away, but as long as I have a say in what I put out & sway more to the conservative side of things, I think I’ll be just fine :)

Revamped Again

This is getting a bit old with the revamping & removing of previous posts, but I had my reasons for removing quite a large chunk of my blog lately. I suppose this should really be called Kristinesays 3.0 haha. In all honesty, this feels like a slate being wiped clean & I don’t quite care at this moment if I’ve got a following on this blog or not. This is my tiny space in the big world wide web & I’m going to claim this space as my own & write as I feel like. Sure, some things will still remain private for my eyes only as I’ve struggled to draw appropriate boundaries on what it is I write or how much of myself I expose online. As I’m studying to become a librarian and information professional, it is really important to me that I have limits to what I put down. All the views published on my blog are my own and do not reflect my employer(s), past, present or future. For now, this will be a place where I document my life as it goes along.

 

I’ve had a bit of a brain wave & figured that since I like to write lists all the time & cannot live without lists, what better way for my blog to be! A giant collection of lists. It’s a bit weird, but for me it works wonders that my brain is able to process what I’ve got planned for each day & what I have achieved by the end of the day. It took me nearly 3 years at work to discover that I work well with lists, go figure.

 

For the first official list this time, I figured that since I’m hungry, what better list than the foods I can’t live without. Even though I come from an Asian background, I love me my Western food. I grew up with Asian-fied versions of dishes like spaghetti bolognese (it had bits of carrot & beef mince in it) or pork chops (made with tomato, onion & corn flour to thicken the sauce – was actually pretty good). If there was a Western dish that we watched on TV, it was almost guaranteed that dad made an Asian version of it. As a result, I’ve made up my own spaghetti bolognese recipe (I’ll post it here one day) & altered it to suit my taste buds. Pasta is something that I absolutely love & can eat day in & day out.

 

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Another food that I couldn’t quite live without is rice. I live up to my Asian roots. I could happily eat fried rice, rice with soup, rice porridge, rice with other dishes, anything with rice pretty much. Such a cliche I am! It’s something satisfying about eating rice that just makes me keep coming back!

 

To be honest, there really isn’t much else that I couldn’t live without. I say this now, but I’m sure something else might crop up later on :P

 

What foods could you not live without?

Resolutions 2014

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I read somewhere on the good old Internet about how a girl posted up a picture & a thing that she was grateful for, for 365 days. Not sure which article it was or where it was published, but it got me to thinking and evaluating things that have been happening in the past year or so for me. I know I made some New Year’s Resolutions last year, some of which I’ve achieved and others not so much.

 

Now is a good time as any to make some resolutions or goals for 2014. I’ve never been a huge resolution fan, I’d rather look at them as some goals to achieve and guide me for the year. I hope to review them in detail at the end of the year to see what I’ve achieved & look back at what life was in the year 2014.

 

First thing that I would like to achieve is to write more often here & document things that are happening in life so that I have some sort of memory of what went on. I know with life, study & all sorts of things, blogging daily won’t be something that can be achieved, but I would like to increase my writing frequency to document the big events in life.

 

Second thing that I would like to implement with this blog is to be thankful for at least 1 thing each day, although I might not post daily. With the things that go on in day to day life, it is sometimes easy to forget to be thankful for the little things in life. And it’s the little things in life that make life so colourful & interesting.

 

Thirdly, I would like to take more pictures each day. I have put this down last year too, but think this is probably an ongoing thing as I would like to improve my photography skills. Sometimes I think I’m just too lazy to whip out my camera or phone & I miss things, which is something that I don’t want to happen anymore. Learning to be more spontaneous with things & life will definitely help with this.

 

Lastly but not by any means the least, I would like to look at delving deeper into my hobbies, more so cooking and baking, and to see if there are any business opportunities in Melbourne to do with these. This one is pretty close to my heart as I’ve been wanting to embark on a business to do with either cooking or baking and would like to see some stuff happening in terms of that. I’ve put some ideas on hold due to personal reasons and the Melbourne move, but am now putting it out there so that I can hold myself accountable to it all.

 

On a side note, a few other things that I would like to achieve in the short term is to secure a job prior to the Melbourne move, complete my 3 week prac (starts next week, eek!!), finish my Graduate Diploma in Information & Library Studies, as well as settle well into Melbourne. I work best by setting small goals each day & working through that. It has taken me nearly 28 years to figure out how to understand my body is telling me, but I am taking it day by day & learning to love myself & life a bit more each day :)

 

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