I’m going to try to update you one subject at a time! This post will focus on how I found my job!
Getting a Job:
After I moved out of Base, things just seemed to get better and better. I moved into my apartment with the other seven girls and started looking for jobs right away. I applied to probably 60 jobs over the course of the next week and a half. I received many job offers, but turned most of them down. Why?
Well, you see, I was looking for Marketing jobs. Having an Advertising job, I figured it would be pretty sweet if I could find a job near my major. There appeared to be a lot of Marketing jobs, which was exciting, so I applied for any and all that I was qualified for. Then I started receiving job interviews. However, they weren’t for real marketing jobs. They were for “Charity work”, which means you go out on the street or in a mall, and “ask” people for money to support whatever charity you are “supporting”. Basically, you are annoying people, and it appears to be a miserable job. Plus, you are scamming people, and that’s not who I am. The job paid well; but I didn’t want to spend my months in Sydney miserable. Yes, I need money, but not that bad.
Everyone thought I was crazy as I turned down job after job (about seven in total). I just knew that God had better plans for me than that. Right after turning down what I thought was going to be my dream job (a company offered to “create” a marketing assistant job for me and I would have been advertising for the college, but they wanted me to sign a 6 month contract, and I’m not sure how long I want to stay in Sydney), I got a call for an interview as a photographer at the aquarium. I was so excited!
The next day, I could hardly contain myself. I knew that this was the job I really wanted, as it fit with my experience and was an actual real company. I had, oddly enough, even said to other people in my OzIntro group that I would love to work at the aquarium when we went there. Well, it turns out, the job was for a photographer at the zoo, which is next to the aquarium. Since she asked to interview me near the aquarium, I just assumed that was what it was for. Well, I love the zoo!
It was actually a pretty fun interview. I had to go up to a random stranger and ask them what the capital of Africa is, and then return with the answer. I also had to sell her the book-that part was easy and fun. She said I did one of the best sales during an interview that she’s ever seen. I was very happy; I was positive I’d get the job.
And I did! I got the call later that night, even though she said it’d probably be about two days. I came in to work the next day, and I’ve been enjoying myself ever since.
My first day, I was able to go around the zoo and take pictures right up next to the koalas! A really nice zoo keeper named Bonnie let me in by the koalas and told me all about them. She explained that they sleep 18-22 hours a day, and only use energy to move around or eat. They try not to do too much, because the leaves that they eat has something in it that makes them sleepy. I was kind of listening to what she said, but I was also a little busy staring at how cute they are!
I take pictures of people when they come in to the zoo on the green scree, I edit photos and print them and I also sell people the photos once they are exiting the zoo (we switch every hour).
The people I work with are so nice! It’s amazing, because we all work as a team and everyone gets along. I’m so used to gossip and drama, but there is none. It’s peaceful and happy, and the only people who annoy us are rude people who have no manners.
I even got invited to a work Christmas party after only working for about four days. It was pretty amazing! It was a “drunk Amazing Race”. Since I’m allergic to alcohol, it was helpful, because I was alert and able to run. We would solve a clue and then run to wherever it was. Unfortunately, most of the clues were about Australia, but I had a really smart team and it worked out well.
Most people were in dresses, but I had decided I wanted to wear shorts and a shirt. Best choice I ever made-out of everyone, I was literally the most comfortable. It took several hours-running to a spot, doing the activity (kicking a goal, winning a Blackjack game, finding hidden items, solving a bunch of trivia questions, taking pictures of items on a list) and then trying to figure out where the next place was without letting the other teams seeing us. We all ran around the city in silly hats. They were all different, as it depended on what your team was. All the teams were from the different Magic Memories areas, so that includes the aquarium, wax museum, tower, opera house, and jet boats. Some people had santa hats, and the rest of us had different colored party hats.
Our team won several challenges, but we arrived at the final designation in third place. The guy in charge told us the two teams in front of us had cheated and we’d probably be getting first place, but we found out later that he told every team that. Apparently, he wanted everyone to feel like winners, but instead, he ended up making us all think we were surrounded by a bunch of cheaters.
The final destination was the actual party, so there was lots of hanging out and just talking to each other. They had some interesting food that they brought out, but due to my stomach condition, I was unable to eat most of it. I asked friends to try food first, and if it was spicy at all, I refused to try it. I didn’t want to ruin the fun by running to the bathroom to throw up blood. It’s the worst feeling.
One of my favorite parts of the job is getting to see the animals. We can visit them whenever we want, and I love seeing the koalas. Another bonus is getting to take our friends with us to the attractions. I’ve gone to the wax museum with two of my friends, and brought my roommate to see where I work. Both experiences were amazing!
Sarah and Melodie came with me to Madame Tussauds. I met Melodie my first week with the travel group. Sarah, on the other hand, I met through a fun experience that will be my next blog post. We did a video for the YHA together.
My roommate Leslie is from Texas. It’s nice to have another American around, especially to help me affirm that some things the Aussie’s do are just strange. For example, a bathroom here is called a “toliet” which makes for some interesting stories. For example, a lady told me that she probably shouldn’t be drinking water from the toiket, but she didn’t want to purchase another $4 bottle of water (its really expensive here…sometimes, it’s even higher!). What she meant was she had filled her water bottle with water from the sink in the bathroom, but the mental picture that flashed through my mind was her dipping her water bottle in the toilet. There have been several stories similar to this that have happened since.
Anyway, Leslie and I have gone on several adventures together, which I will fill you in on later. Here are some photos from the zoo.