So the whole 'looking for a new job' thing fell over for a… - Tactical Ninja
Sep. 4th, 2015
So the whole 'looking for a new job' thing fell over for a while, first because I had to prioritise my health and reducing stress, and second because all of the jobs that actually interested me were paying $15,000-$20,000 less than my current salary. Which would be ok, but it doesn't align with my life goals, or those of Dr Wheel.
We've been talking a lot lately about working less. Dr Wheel has a million projects cogitating in the back of his mind that he wants to spend at least some of his life working on, and he finds that full time work leads to limited brainspace in his free time to spend on his own stuff.
We are talking here about a man whose 'little projects' include building strong, friendly AI - and he actually has the intellectual capacity to achieve it. Not the sort of thing you easily can do between the frantic weekend sock-washing/grocery shopping merri-go-round, it needs chunks of time and attention, and uncluttered headspace.
Meanwhile, my life goal has been to live off the land, to be self-sufficient, to live in the country and breed The Better Sheep. This is another goal that requires significant time input, which means that full time permanent work is extremely difficult to reconcile.
Add to this that we both feel a bit resentful at the expectation that we'll sell our lives in chunks for money, and don't want to be on the must-work-to-pay-debt train until we die.
So, we've been thinking a lot about ways to reduce the cost of our lifestyle. The apartment we own was always going to be an investment and it looks like that'll pay out in a couple of years or so and then we can maybe look at buying a little farm (which where we're looking would cost about the same as the apartment but without the Bodycorp fees), but meanwhile, what?
And that's where the job thing comes in. You see, Dr Wheel doesn't know how he'd get on living in the country, not really having done it. It may be quite different from what we've envisioned, and that's a bit scary, especially if you're buying. The solution? Maybe renting over there for a while - a flash-as house in Masterton is about half the rent of the nice-enough-but-cold one we're renting here, so that'd reduce cost as well. We could cover it on one income if we had to.
But that's not what we want - it would be much better if we both worked, but less time each. Dr Wheel has a lot of options open to him for things like working remotely, but I've always felt tied to my job that I have to be at, and moving to another job I have to be at is not a solution, and jobs in my field aren't very common over the hill.
Then this morning I saw a wee ad for a unit standard writing contract - just a short one, paying $100 an hour. I couldn't do that one because it requires immediate availability, but it got the cogs turning. I have *vast* experience in design and development of learning and assessment, qualifications and unit standards. I can do this stuff with one eye closed, and I'm fucking good at it. And if I can get contracts doing it then my chances of being able to work off-site, remotely, part time, or from home, suddenly increase dramatically.
So this afternoon I updated my CV to tailor it to that type of work and sent it off to a couple of recruiters in the field. 20 minutes later, one of them rang me and was all "I've been waiting for you to decide to do this, I've got you flagged, expect to hear from me."
To which I go "Well gosh."
So that's a bit exciting, and may provide a chance for us to get with the lifestyle cost reduction and working less, a whole lot faster.