It’s on.

“I’ve had it. I hate to be dramatic but it’s time for me to fly the coop” “I’m looking out for me”.  – Iago from Return of Jafar.

Warning: Rage mode on.

Yes. I’ve had it where I am right now. I won’t go into depth as the length of my dissastifaction of my job covered in my previous posts 2 months back and to this date it’s still within me.  I’ve been low on and off over the past weeks and I’m wasting my energy and time here. I’m deep down miserable and I know that I need change which is why I am studying my degree (with a possibilty to study extra) plus seeking new jobs not related to what I am in atm which leads to below..

I did interview for a part time role (bookings role) last week but although I didn’t get that job, I’m on the waiting list which is still better than ‘unsuccessful’ :). This would be my fourth time out of the five working years but it can’t be guaratneed that a position will pop up in the next 12 months. Key is to keep on applying. I’v applied for a few more in the past week and I have one lined up after the long holiday. Have yet to hear from the others but I know that 3 I won’t get a call back.

It sucks when you’re the only person who is available to cover the front and aren’t allowed off on Fridays and be around in the afternoon. It sucks when you’re in a place for way longer than you expect and knowing health records has high turnover rate. I wonder why I am here -rolls eyes-.  It sucks when you’re skills are best suited to other positions, (policy, research, health promotion..), your current job is stagnant and are no longer interested in pursuing any more opportunities in the place. It sucks when people are chasing after the boss after numerous times or when callers call about a query that is totally not relevant to the scope of the role. I totally no longer enjoy my role. It sucks when you’re study leave hasn’t been approved at all this year.  It sucks when your role is not going to change -sigh sigh sigh- unless i make the change (see above).  I haven’t been applying much over the past year but  this year has been my turning point. This year may be the time to go for me as I’ve applied for a heap of positions in the past two weeks and will continue. Unfortantely I havent been offered anymore exposure outside of my role which frustrates me. In fact that I may be showing signs of resentment to this job. Anyways, enough said.

That’s my thoughts atm… 6 months of this year to go and opening up to part time may mean a higher chance of me securing a positon. Time will tell..

Anyways Over and out!

June Favourites!

Hello readers. Now that class is over until August, I have spare time for this blog.

Today’s post will be on the above title. This won’t be limited to just one but various things.  Here’s to below:

  1. Freddy wr up pants. The ultimate butt lifting pants. Hailing from ?Italy?, these one of a kind pants has a silicone waistband and strategically placed seams. These pants are unlike any other pants / jeans you’ve ever worn.  These pants have become increasily popular since 2016. From denim, fashion to even leggings and skirts, you’ll definetly want to buy another pair Only downsides are the cost but totally worth it and the sizing is small.
  2.  Public health research & practice website. As a public health students who aims to tranisition a career into the area, I thought it would be good to start reading out of interest and perhaps gain insights from researchers and current health issues and it’s effect of health policy.
  3. Figs. I love figs and over the past month, I have been eating it most days.  Known for it’s high fibre content, I can only eat a few pieces.
  4. Kombucha. The fermented pro-biotic drink. I havent even bought prebiotic tablets in a long time.

That’s all I can think off at this point in time 🙂

 

Where have I been?

Hello to all my fellow readers! I’m back.

Havent completely dissapeared from this blog. May was a busy month for me from Game of Zones fitness, Laser Tag, foodie outing and university. The last weekend was spent writing my last, shall I say challenging paper for the term. Never done a policy brief before and I found that it challenged me intellectually :).  Now class is done until August!

Really enjoyed my last class for univeristy as it was based on health policy, one of the fields I aspire to work in.

Aside from that, I’ve recently seen jobs pop up that are of interest and in the process of applying for a few more.

Update with my work hours (part time): Not approved :(.  The only way is part time job applications. I’ll still go for full time as well. I did have an interview earlier this week and have applied for more positions.  Having both options opens up the opportunity for more to come. My turn will come…

Mood wise I’m feeling a little better but am still motivated to move on hence the above. I have my days but it passes.

BTW, I am officially doing city2surf in August and Blackmores in September! Something that I have never done or considered out of my comfort zone! In the past month, been doing twice a week runs (one treadmil) and one outdoors. May ramp this up from this month or next..

Anyways, over and out!

Pokemon GO review.

Here’s to another post on Sunday night. I should be continuing my univeristy task but have done most of it and I have tommorow off so more work into it! Next weekend is finalising a ‘video’ for that task and Good Friday it’s due.

As you may not know, I am a pokemon go fanatic. I hopped onto the bandwagon after the official release and from that day on, I was hooked. Most lunchbreaks and days off I’d walk around and catch pokemon. I did take a 3.5 month hiatus until Febuary and then Pokemon 2.0 was released. Back again onto the wagon.

The biggest influx of pokemon was around July-September of last year where people were everywhere with their phones out. People from young to adults were sitting in groups even at the opera house to circular quay. Rhodes  was considered the hotspot until the council removed the pokestops due to complaints and also Rhodes being a residental area.

Anways, back to the point. The gameplay is simple. Walk around anywhere and a GPS will detect pokemon in your region. My main hotpsots was around Sydney City where there was more spawn and different pokemon.  Upsides include doing something to occupy my lunch-breaks and spare time, getting much needed active recovery walks and on a good day, enjoying the sun.  With the release of new pokemon in this version, I am keen to catch more!

Downsides include common pokemon at every hotspot (no more natus and spinarax please!) and certain pokemon, especially rare ones to run away easily. Grinding can be tough with pokemon that don’t spawn often (pointing at you Onyx!) and batery life. Be prepared to bring a portable charger when pokemon hunting for a while. It can get boring an hour or two grinding, so I suggest an hour ot two each day to hunt. Certain pokemon is region exclusive only.

 

On a random note, I question the gender of some pokemon. For example, the picture on the right is a female wobbuffet where normally it would be a male. Goldeen a male? and when transformed into Seaking a female?. Gender confusion here.

Head to beaches, parks, iconic hotspots and you’ll see more pokemon spawn around those areas. Busy towns help too.

Rating: 3.5/5.

Are you a pokemon go fan? If so, how often do you play it or are you starting out?

Until next time

x Lydia

Why I like a chilled out wedding?

The title says above.

So last weekend I went to a wedding at a couple’s home one hour from where I live.  Two of them were in my friendship group and have been together for four years.

Chilled out wedding means that I sit down and catch up with people that I know from the past and also hangout with my current friends. Wedidngs I’ve been have been at churches or venues. The last wedding was at Darling harbour in May and that was nice :).

Anways it all started off with a vintage drink van below:

 

Then it proceeded to the ceremony at the back yard and then it was a food marahon from the lolly jar, cheese plates to burger and quiona salad:

 

Mind you the weather was perfect!! Sydney has been pouing buckets this month and I am ready for sunshine!

Yeah, that pretty much sums up the da. A few days later, I get an invitw to another wedding which wont happen until the end of this year.

Adios!

Why did I choose to study Public Health?

Hello dear readers,

As you already know from my previous posts that I am currently studying public health and currently working in health adminsitration (records to be specific).  I thought I’ll share my story on why I choose this and not a course related to my job?

Basically I graduated with a bachelor of Science in Safety, Health and Environment. After sitting in uni for sometime and graduating 5 years ago, I knew I needed to find full-time work. Months before my grduation ceremony in November 2011, my mum mentioned working in hospital and took it as an opportunity to try. During my studies, I did a range of volunteer work at univeristy and took on student casual jobs mostly in student adminsitration, even a stint in christmas retail the first year of univeristy ended. These were mainly to bump my experience so I didn’t want to be a graduate without experience (yes this happens). From these experiences, I enjoyed being able to make a difference to students and acquire general clerical experience. I did a stint at a pharmacy a few months after but the experience and environment was isolating, overwhelming and depressing, nor did I want to work for elderly pharmacy store owners and so I quit and it wasn’t for me.

I started looking for health jobs and applied for a local but wasnt successful that time. That was December 2011 and then I went on holiday and held off job hunting until I got back. January 2012,  I applied for a records position but at a hosptial on the North Side, interviewed twice but ended up with a temporary position and May was when I started full time. Mostly behind the scenes work and a year later and my contract was extended. However, I wasn’t being fullfilled as it became repetitive and that time I started looking for permanent jobs and I was successful in securing one closer to home in a newly created department to where I am now, same field.

August 2015 hit and I decided to go back into study as I needed change from the indutry I am currently in. At that stage, I was getting exposure to outside the department and I still remember being a secretary for the steering committee for a project. Management changed and unfortunately I haven’t had an opportuniy to outside thie department last year. I also paid all my debt from my previous study. One of my aspirations was health policy but now am considering enviromental health, communciable disease or research / project roles. At that stage, I decided to attend the post-graduate nights in Septmeber and then the univeristy i’m currently at was introducing my current degree to commence in 2016 and went ot that to. I applied online and then November 2015. I was offered my current degree and am about to resume second year very soon.

I’ve also mentioned in one of my previous posts that I am no longer inspired and fullfilled on where I am working. Intellect is also what I am looking in my future job. Yes I have colleagues that are doing coding courses / health administration courses but honestly, I am not interested nor is it my passion in that area. For the time being, I’ll just take on roles that suit me until I can get roles in my desired areas.  I really need to get out of this bubble that I in.

I would rather work with research / projects / rather than being chained to a clerical dead end job with uninspiring colleagues way off my league, brain turned into mush and feeling dead inside. A year ago I was working on my skills but after last minute changes in roles not being filled approrpriately in the final quarter of last year and seeing it all,  I’m done. Yes for reselience but you reach a a point and need to get out. Another rant done.

I find that public health does serve a purpose in life in preventing, promoting and prolonging life.

At times I do worry whether I will get a foot in the door in public health. Where I work isn’t helping me achieve this so time to seek another avenue. I’m not on campus frequently either. Maybe I want to switch to health policy degree or switch to something else or transfer. I’m at a loss here… The jobs I see and interested in require a completed masters, experience  and skils in course that I haven’t even done yet :(.  A lot of these roles are temporary and I know I am a long way to where I want to be.

On the upside, 2 Distinctions so far :).

There’s my story and I hope you enjoyed reading it or if you are feeling the same then I empathise with you.

Blogging here makes me feel better.

Until next time.

x L

How I feel right now, career wise.

Here’s another thought post (if you do find them interesting) on a different note:

The job that I do is mentally unstimulating, unfullfilling and dull. At the end of each day I come out feeling blah or drained. I’ve been in the field for nearly 5 years and I feel that I haven’t gone far. I feel like on repeat day in day out when I answer calls and do behind the scenes work. Meeting mintues, setting agendas like providing support is what I am capable of doing. Project work or research is what I’d like to get exposure on.  I’ll only take on positions if suited until I can finish my degree and shift my focus towards public health, unless I find something that is more suited to my career goals. I cant predict the future.

In a place where most have kids, all female (apart from one male but taken),  I would rather tune out to what they say. Also it’s different when your career goals are compeltely different and that I am seeking change. If there was a public health unit or anyone in that field that would like to take me, I put my hand up to get experience!

Where I am work wise, I don’t feel that I am making a difference if that makes sense? I’ve decided to undertake a public health degree to change career paths,  make things better, meaningful and improve the quality of health and life.

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Public health, even the major I studied at my previous univeristy covers occupational health and safety.
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Prevent. Promote. Protect

Will I be able to get experience in those fields?? With colleagues who aren’t on the same focus doesnt make me feel inspired to work there.

Anwyays enough of me ranting :(.

Anyways, over and out.

The end of my longer-break from work.

Yes, as the title says, I am nearing the end of my work break :(. I didn’t take much leave in January this year. Now I only have 2-3 days left but am going to use that for the 2 days that I have at classes this month and my first class is in two weeks.

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Overall what did I do? Aside from the weather being rather shitty and yes some days did drag on and yes it wa snice to sleep in. Th elongest was 3 weeks but that was in transition between my old job and my current.  I did watch Fifty Shdaes Darker, pokemon go hunting in the city (yes I am back on it!), walks, massage and cupping (separate days), caught up with people, visited my uni to check out a few events and appointments.

I tried out an ‘on demand’ app [Pure} this week. It’s a hit amd miss for me as the ones I saw weren’t attractive, far away (why send me a request if you’re so far away). You’ll see same faces pop up time to time again but I’ll  move on thanks.  There’s an upside though so you’re not bombared by heaps of creeps.

It’s only been 5 days so far that I used it. 2 out of the 5 requests i found good looking but far from where I live :(.  Plus it eats my data and having to post every hour = bye data. Once I go back to work, I’ll probs take a break from it and maybe see how much I get billed then decide to unsubscribe.

I stand in the middle. 2.5-3 out of 5.  It depends on the day and time on when you use it. Also it depends where you live as well. The thing I question: nearby but still shows users far away from the suburb? Most likely there’s not much users around my area and/or I’m not game yet to do it but I’ll keep in on my phone. Having one hour limit = less users.

Post break blues but then I remind myself that I have class 2 days this month and then its easter.  A few positions popped up during this time. 5 months ago I had an interview however on the waiting list. There havent been suited jobs during that period which is why I have been out of the application process. I want to get out from where I am and it will come. I remember struggling for a year and two months (temporarily employed) to get my current job and it’s hard but likewise, keep on searching.

Life is life. Recharged is what describes me but once work hits it’s dull mode again. Kind of over where I am now.

This was a good break and I needed it after some rather long weeks at work.

Anyways, over and out.

x L

Gloomy weather, please go away

I hate you rain. You’ve made me gloomy, dull and dampened my mood :(.  I couldn’t fully enjoy myself on the first week off (I have one more week to go) aside from catching up with my friend, casual meetup and  doing a run in between rains. Also, univeristy will be back soon and I saw a few orientation week days.  Oh, and I’m hopping back on the pokemon go. I’m hoping the second week off will birng better weather.

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