27 April 2009

Cashed up! Employed in London! & London Aquarium

We are now both contributing members of society :)

Rochelle is enjoying working at the cafe - but the hours are long so comes home most nights exhausted.

I started a new job Friday for a company in town - they do contracts for transport companies. The job seems cool, people are laid back, good hours, and best of all I don't have to wear a suit! Only bad thing is it takes an hour each way - but I hear thats pretty standard in London.

We have been trying to get out as much as possible. In the last couple of weeks we have been to the London Aquarium with our friends Shaun and Sarah, and Richmond Park. The weather has been really good so we have been going out for drinks in the sun on the weekend. Now that we have some money coming in we can venture a little further afield. I really want to get to Paris and Amsterdam sometime soon.

Heres are some pics -

Awesome jellyfish

Turtles making love

Other cool stuff

13 April 2009

Being a bum in London

It turns out this recession thing is kind of a big deal...

The title of this post is not 100% accurate... infact it more like 50%. Rochelle has a job! She starts work tomorrow in a small cafe in Fulham. The money is not amazing and she didn't want to work in a cafe if she could avoid it... but thats the way the cookie crumbles. At least now we will have some pounds coming in - which will help to stem the torrent of Australian dollars that have been pouring out of our account since we got here.

I have been searching high and low for work. We even walked around town handing out CV's to anyone that would take them. The problem being that even for a job in retail - you need experience. While I have some a few years ago - employers have become very selective in who they take on. And it is no wonder when you have (literally) 200 people applying for a run-of-the-mill retail position. At the moment in London there are 60 people actively seeking work for every open position. Those are some tough odds... The fact that we have work visa's is working against us also. Employers are in for the long haul so are looking for people that are going to be with them for many years. Even though I may be the best person for the job, many employers/recruiters will disregard my CV as soon as they know I am on a temporary visa.
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