This morning I had a job interview. They were nice, the role sounds extremely interesting. As they have positions going all over I flagged that, while my first choice is Melbourne, given our strong family and friend supports in Canberra and Sydney we might consider one of those options.
The lead interviewer immediately and visibly sat forward, and explained rather excitedly that they are starting a new office in Canberra and may be offering roles there to people interviewing elsewhere. The interview continued on a good note.
I have another interview lined up, and it is unambiguously based in Canberra. We are having to consider the idea as more than mere remote possibility.
We both want to stay in Melbourne, but this has come about due to the combined factors of beloved wanting to spend the first year with bub, me running out of contract where I am, and my experience, as the sole breadwinner for a good year who is in dire need of a good job, being rather weighted towards policy and government law.
And frankly that's where my interests lie. Where do good, senior, government roles tend to cluster? Canberra. A bit of a clash with my Melbaphilia.
Please, if you are a Canberran, post about the good aspects to this because I'm feeling just a little depressed right now. Last night we chatted about live music, and beloved, who's spent some years living there, said 'well, there's Tilly's....and the uni bar.'
There's not much point having family who might share the baby sitting nearby if your evening entertainment options don't extend much beyond hiring a couple of DVDs.
Go on, tell me I'm wrong.
Then there's the pragmatic issue of finding a decent maternity bed and an obstetrician with only 5 odd months to go....
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