Wednesday, 15 February 2006

The Victorian Job

As some of you know, and as some of you don't know, and as some of you didn't have the patience not to know, I will start on a new job in the middle of March.
The work I will be doing there will be under the banner of business analysis. I don't pay much attention to titles, and while it is nice that I will have the title "senior" for the first time in Australia I cannot forget that I had achieved higher domains back in Israel. I suspect that the bottom line would be that I will be doing pretty much the same thing I am doing now but in a building that actually has windows as opposed to our office's replacement in the shape of yellow walls. Still, I like being a banalist, so no complaints there (yet).
Besides the joy of leaving all the troubles of my current work behind (which, although nice, are fairly minuscule compared to the joy of leaving the troubles of the world as you know it behind and moving to the other side of the universe), I see a lot of positive in this career move.
First and of much personal importance to me is the fact that I managed to secure this job on my own. Unlike my current position, which I only got through the people my brother knew and after five very desperate months of unemployment, this new job is all mine. Yes, I did require the help of others in order to secure the job (and I am very deeply thankful), but this help that I received from them was secured, I hope, by virtue of my own actions rather than begging or favoritism. For someone who had such a hard time finding a job in this new continent this achievement will not be taken lightly.
Second on the list is the ideological aspect of the new job. I am more than a bit tired of working for companies with the sole aim of making some already overly rich shareholder even richer. Add my current anti capitalism mood to the equation, through in a constant drizzle of news concerning corrupt top of the ladder management adding more and more millions to their coffers while actively screwing the little people reporting to them, and you will see that working at a position where you actually help people in need is quite an attraction.
The best gift we gave this last Xmess was not one of the gifts we gave family and friends; in general I am not a big fan of those, and I view them as a big waste - especially after noticing the wide gap between the efforts involved in acquiring the gifts (I'm talking also about things like the pollution created in making them) and their shelf life, which on average is less than an hour. No, the best gift "we" gave was when Jo bought some toys and gave them to charity. Being a tight and cheap person (more on that in another entry), I would have never been able to do this myself; but Jo did and I'm proud. My point is, we're relatively well off, despite mortgages and constant complaints about this and that; it wouldn't hurt for us to give unto others. And I think that with my new job I will have the opportunity to do a bit of that, and I like the thought. The fact my salary would be way better (yet not explosively better) than my current salary does add a bit to my sense of satisfaction, too.
That said, the new job does not represent progress on all fronts. For a start, commuting will now consume an hour of my limited life span each way, or two hours a day. I will also have to expose my sensitive body to Melbourne's harsh winter weather as well as give up the warm comfort of the Canyonero for the privilege of cramming myself into Melbourne's lackluster rush hour full train service. At least I'll have time to listen to a few podcasts on the train; and best of all, Jo will be there with me, especially in the mornings.


K Williams said...

On the last comment, you may be contradicting yourself; unless you equip Jo with a headphone splitter and a pair of earphones; and unless you are sharing similar taste of PodCasts.

As an alternative (and with the new laptop in mind), a regular commuter on my train atches movies on his laptop, with a pair of BIG Senheiser cans on his ears. The movies of course are not on DVD (for the sole purpose of preserving battery, of course).

ek said...

...and don't forget in Winter, the many sick individuals that will also be crammed into the train, coughing and spluttering all over you!

Moshe Reuveni said... the train would feel just like my current office!
You are right, though, and I do tend to catch a cold ever so easily. Look for my name in the black lists once bird flu comes around.

wile coyote said...

Well good luck, but please don't say you turn to be anti capitalism.
Us per my new calculation, I forgort to return to you 1.43NIS before you left our side of the globe.
As per your new mood, I see myself free of this debt.

Moshe Reuveni said...

"Us" per my old calculations, you owe me something completely different that has nothing to do with capitalism, Bijo, but a lot to do with a bet from high school.
P.S. You sent me that Shekel in the mail, remember? We actually used it when we visited Israel.

Moshe Reuveni said...

P.S. Thanks, Ijo.

wile coyote said...

That still means that I'm left with 0.43NIS.
I see that you are back to your el-al days, working for an offical goverement agency (I think)
El-al is now a private company.
Drive safe and make sure all the people are safe (or what ever this company is doing)

P.S. the shekel was some kind of a bet that you won againt all chances (who could belive it these days...)

Moshe Reuveni said...

I still have no idea what that Shekel you sent me was for and why exactly you owe me 43 Agurot, but I would say that the truffles Ossnat made were so good that I dream about them at night and would therefore happily dismiss that particular debt.
Which doesn't mean for a second that the big debt of yours (and I have witnesses) is not very much valid (even if you pretend to ignore it).