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.