Advice for starting a new line of work while in Melbourne for two years?
February 4, 2014 9:13 PM Subscribe
My wife got a temporary academic position in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I have happily followed her here. After almost six years of working in childcare, I would really like to get into a new line of work. Something physically active and room for some actual advancement. I just turned 30 and feel a bit like I have been wasting too much time treading water in childcare. I have a few years experience as a prep cook and dishwasher, and years of experience volunteering in non-profits and community organisations. We don't have tons of friends here and I am feeling a bit isolated and discouraged. Any advice or motivation you can share would be greatly appreciated. More details below of course!
posted by Slimemonster to Work & Money (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I don't think I can move into any professional/office sort of role. I'd like to do something active that pays somewhat decent and hopefully has room for advancement. A museum, hotel, casino, the Post- a bigger institution or company that can provide new jobs skills I can take back home. I feel like I am good with people and can be professional and personable in any customer service roles. I have a Bachelor's Degree but it's in Ethnic Studies and feels pointless for finding work. I also don't drive unfortunately.
I know there is government subsidised training for citizens and permanent residents, but I am not one. I might be willing to pay for courses but I have gotten the impression that some might not be worth doing? Any RTOs or TAFE programs you would recommend?
I have recently paid for a professionally done resume and have been submitting things left and right on seek.com.au. Any other websites should I look into? Is it acceptable (or even worth doing at all) to just pop into shops and drop off resumes? Not trying to be "chat filter" here, just hoping to get some advice and thoughts from others. Thanks!