I have a job! (I'm saved)

Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
Trip End Jul 27, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, April 1, 2010

I wish I wrote this blog a few hours ago - because I was so excited!! 

Just as I was about give up finding a job, I was on a serious low cash situation (seriously, had about 100 left) and I was one step away from going to Quantas and re-arrnaging my flight back early. I didn’t feel to bad about it, I have survived 8 months travelling and that’s a pretty good go at my first attempt at travelling.

But this was the first time since I started travelling (in fact the first time in my life) that I’ve had to go around the place phoning people up, handing out my CV and lying to employers about the skills that I didnt have. I even made up that I’d worked in a call centre for 3 months because I knew that my sister had done for North Devon Hospice a while back.

I called the National Harvest Trail help line 4 times a day, and was even tempted to risk-it-for-a-biscuit, spend all my money and go to Bundaberg up north in Queensland. But when I phoned up hostels they said they had about 40 people already waiting for a season to start in 2 weeks. I simply couldn’t wait that long for a job. I had 100 left, and all of that was going to go on a ticket to get me there. I was in a bad situation.

The last two days I’ve been in the National library taking advantage of the free WiFi. I’ve been sending CV’s here there and everywhere. I got desperate and was going to send my CV to bars and restaurants, just to keep me a float here in expensive ol’ Sydney. I didnt want to do this, I can do this at home - this isn’t a new experience, this wasn’t an adventure, I just wanted farm work or something new. But I had no choice.

I was just finishing off my newly bullshitted CV designed to blow the socks off a bar/cafe owner when I got a phone call. It was a woman called Barbara, a working hostel owner I had been in touch with the previous day and had my details with her. She was offering me the Tomato picking job that she’d rejected me from the day before. Amazing! I just couldn’t believe it, I got her email straight away and emailed her.

I’ll be there Sunday, booked my ticket.
Don’t have the $295 deposit to give them, but I’ll blag it!

So, here’s the details:

  • It’s in a down called Tenterfield - In the middle of no where

  • I’m picking tomatoes - So lots of bending down =S

  • I arrive on the Sunday, start work on the Sunday

  • I work 7 days per week - Going to be pretty intense

  • Start work at 7.15 - 4.45 (think a little under 60 hours per week)

  • Im in a dorm with two English blokes

  • Sounds like there’s lots of couples - I hope that there are some single women..

  • Going to last about 6 weeks

Maths bit -

2.30 per box of tomatoes
Beginners pick about 40 per day
(Experienced 100 per day)

Lets take 40 a day on average..

$2.30 x 40 = $92 per day
$92 x 90 = $8,280 for 6 weeks (90 days)

$8,280 AUD > 5,002 GBP 

Minus 700 for accommodation 

Totalling 4,400

Not bad for 6 weeks work, and that’s a minimum estimate of 40.

Average of 60 per day - 6,900*
Average of 90 per day - 10,650*

Ha, I’d need to be a machine to pull off those figures.
But I;m set to make a lot of cash - Hopefully

*Including $1000 accommodation fee
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