Work in Australia - A Change Of Scenery Can Do You Good
It was in a stagnant moment in my life that I chose Australia. I had just graduated college, had zero luck in finding that dream job, and if I was being honest with myself, I really had no clue what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. And then one day as I sat with a plate of chocolate cake, eating away my feelings after being turned down by yet another job interview, I thought to myself “Screw this whole career thing, maybe I should just do some traveling instead.” I knew a change of scenery can do you good. With that, I put the fork down (ok I actually finished my slice of cake first) and headed to Google.
I’m not even sure why I chose to work in Australia, but for some reason I felt drawn to this country and after typing in an online search for “fun jobs in Australia,” I landed on Alliance Abroad Group’s home page. After browsing their website for a while and looking at all the stunning pics, I was convinced—I knew I had to go!
Less than 2 months later I found myself in Sydney, Australia, working front desk reception at a haunted hotel—the Q Station resort in nearby Manly. If you had told me even 2 years ago that I would end up working at a hotel in Australia famous for it’s ghostly guests, I would have laughed. First off, whoever heard of a hotel giving ghost tours to its hotel guests? And second off, I’d never even been overseas, let alone moved 8,000 miles away from my home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
But life has a funny way of sending you places you would never have imagined, and that’s how I ended up in Australia.
The first week was a blur of anxiety mixed with awesome. I can remember looking out of the airplane window as we descended and being completely blown away by how gorgeous Sydney was from a bird’s point of view. And then came the anxiety. I didn’t know a single person in Australia, I was about to start a new job in 3 days, and didn’t even know where I was going to live!
That first weekend before I started working, I bought a cheap city map at a corner shop and literally walked all over the central business district (CBD) of Sydney. I went to the Opera House, saw the Royal Botanical Gardens, and wandered over into China Town. I wanted to soak in as much as possible before I started working at the hotel.
My first day of work was an interesting one. I woke up in the morning with a stomach full of knots and could barely eat anything due to my raging nerves. The Q Station Resort was located in Manly, about 7 miles across the harbor, and I was staying in a hostel in the heart of the CBD. Since I hadn’t figured out how the buses and trains worked yet, I ended up walking a half hour to Circular Quay to catch the ferry over to Manly. As the ferry approached the wharf at Manly, I remember seeing Q Station for the first time. It looked old fashioned and kind of quaint, situated on its own private beach.
Once I arrived, I still had no clue where to go and wasn’t even sure which bus to take, but the hotel hadn’t looked like it was too far away from the dock. Using my phone’s GPS, I started walking. Little did I know that it would take me 40 minutes to walk there! I ended up being 15 minutes late on my first day. Oops.
Now that I am home in the states again (I ended up finding a dream job after all) I can honestly say that I am so glad that I took a time-out from life and took the opportunity to move to Australia. It was seriously one of the best times of my life. The friends I made, the experiences I had, the ghost I saw (no joke!), and the memories I made will stay with me the rest of my life.
When you gonna make it to Oz?