I haven’t really been doing much over the past month or so.
This was going to be my first sentence. I’d be wrong, as I’ve done quite a bit recently, but as I can’t think of a more suitable first sentence that one is staying.
A few bits:
- been to a few Aussie Rules Footy and rugby games
- watched Celtic play with a hoard of Irish and Scots (although that’s not surprising as there is quite probably more Irish people in Sydney/Australia than there is in Ireland)
- been to see Elbow and Gomez
- viewed more apartments and houses than I care to count
- moved house (and now looking to move again)
- booked a trip to Alice Springs & Uluru (I go in 2 weeks) with a girl I’ve only met once, for less than 24 hours…and not seen for 7 months…
- winter days being just as hot as an English summer
- laughed at colleagues wrapped up like they are going on an Arctic expedition when it’s 18 degrees outside
- started swimming lessons
- been chatted up by a bloke who looked like an 18th century French mime (complete with twirly moustache). Twice.
- Put my tourist hat on again and went whale watching
- Salsa dancing (I have the dancing skills of a weird drunken uncle at a wedding)
- Sang karaoke for the first time ever (I have the singing skills of a tone-deaf weird drunken uncle at a wedding)
- Shouted at by a shoe shop assistant – I’d apparently been wearing the wrong size shoes for the past year. Still not sure why he was so angry at me.
But in the main I have just been working and trying to save as much as I can. Work extended my contract for another 3 months (which would take me to the maximum time allowed to work with 1 employer on my visa – 6 months max). This will take me towards the end of October.
My 2 immediate bosses want me to stay and I’d love to stay, so I asked if they’d sponsor me – the only way I’d get to stay in Australia longer.
As with a few other meetings I had separately with immigration agents, they think any application would be ‘borderline’. I’ve since had a couple of meetings with HR and had to submit them a re-jigged CV to fit the job spec. a bit better, and given them copies of all my certificates. HR people aren’t convinced at the minute a sponsorship application for the job role, would get through immigration. But at least they’re looking into it and speaking to whoever they need to speak to.
One of my bosses admitted that it’s gone a lot further down the line than they thought it would get, so we’ll see. I expect to find out in the next week if the company will do it *crosses fingers and toes.
If they don’t go for it, then at least I should have some money to do some travelling again before having to head back to England – although I’m trying not to think about that.