Monday, July 28, 2014

Jobs in Australia - How To Lose $80,000

You are twenty-one years old and are sitting there after completing an apprenticeship or a university degree planning to take a year off to see the world. Will it be South America, Europe or maybe even a round-the-world trip? Your choice is to live at home and go to work, or to escape!

The banks make it so easy, throwing money at your feet in the form of a credit card or a personal loan.

Maybe you have even saved up part of what you will need. But whoa – stop there: what will be the real cost? It will be the grand sum at least $80,000. You don’t believe this? Well, start counting.

There is a concept called “opportunity cost” which is defined as “the money or other benefits lost when pursuing a particular course of action instead of a mutually-exclusive alternative ” which means that you have a choice to work instead of traveling.

If you would be earning the average Australian wage for the year your take-home pay would be about $47,603 after tax plus superannuation of $5,500 that gives you a total of over $53,103. That is money that you will not be earning.

Then you have to fork out cash for airfares, buses, hiking boots, travel immunization and medications, a good backpack, a passport, visas, insurance, backpacker accommodation, mobile phone cards, a camera, food and seeing the sights for the whole year. $20,000 for all of this is a conservative figure.

If you have borrowed this from the bank there will be an interest cost of twenty percent or so for every year that you have not paid it all back. Obviously you will not be able to pay it when you are away, so you now have to add another $8,000 which is effectively forty percent interest, which rounds out to a total of above $80,000.

Do you really want to go backwards by that amount in one year? And suffer for the next couple of years paying back the bank? Yes, you can still see the world at a tiny percentage of this! Get that job and go during your four weeks’ paid annual leave. Way to go!


Friday, April 11, 2014


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To put it simply:  the boss is a horrible person.

She makes your life miserable as well as everyone else’s on your floor.  What should you do? This is not the time to walk out, because another job might be hard to get.  There should to be a way to fix things without rocking the boat, however sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t.

1.     Identify what he or she is doing: Is he being demanding, keeping you on your toes and giving you a very difficult work-load?  Or could it possibly be abuse?  If it is abuse then tie down exactly what is happening.  Sexual abuse at work used to be very common.  Today most people are aware that this is just not OK.  Unwarranted touching or kissing, brushing up against another person on purpose, exposing private parts are a no-no.  Or maybe the boss is throwing things around the office which can be dangerous.  Filthy or suggestive language or emails by the boss or even work colleagues fall into the category of abuse.

Remedy:  In the case of abuse be insistent that you do not accept this kind of behavior.  If it does not stop immediately report it to his superior, if he has one.  In extreme cases such abuse can be a legal matter.  Send him an email that you do not welcome his advances and that you only wish to carry out your work.  Print that out and keep a copy at home in case the situation deteriorates and keep any threatening, rude or nasty emails from him or anyone else in your company if you lose your job you may have to sue him in court or he may be answerable to a Fair Work Tribunal. Report such intrusions into your privacy to the boss if it is another staff member, preferably in writing.   

2.    The boss is always angry:   This boss might be getting out of bed on the wrong side every morning. She may have a sour face, never being happy with your work and swearing. 

Remedy:  Work on your relationship with your boss, smiling pleasantly when you see her.  If you have the opportunity find a few jokes that are related to your work, tell her as you submit work to her.  That may break the ice.  Always, but always be pleasant and remember that most people are a mirror of yourself and your efforts, even if it takes time to get there. Believe that there is something upsetting her life; it may be a sick child or a difficult personal circumstances. 

3.     The boss who gives out impossible amounts of work:  No matter how hard you try it is never enough for her.  She snarls when you have to catch your train home and leave before the impossible amount is finished. 

Remedy:    First measure yourself against others at work.  Is everyone complaining or is it just you?  Check that you skills are up-to-date and if necessary improve them.  You may also be pedantic in ensuring that every little thing is perfect, spending too much time on every task when you should not.  If she is really overloading you then pick a good time to have a heart-to-heart talk with her, maybe bringing her a bunch of flowers from your garden, explaining that it may be possible that one person cannot physically do that amount of work in the time given. 

General tips for handling difficult bosses:

•    Are you inviting trouble?  There are issues such as coming late to work, slacking off, not putting in your best or the issue of your personal appearance. Dressing respectfully encourages respect; turning up in a single-top or a mini-skirt downgrades the seriousness of your actual work and encourages bad behaviour in others.

•    Is there a power struggle going on at your workplace and could you be part of it?  Does your boss or other colleagues feel that you are threatening their progression at work or can possibly replace or overtake them?  Use your brains for this one and be smart in impressing your boss, planning to be his ally.

Sometimes there comes a point when you have to realize that it is not in your best interests to be pushed around.  If you have done whatever is possible to better your situation and could not, then as a last resort begin looking for another job but do it whilst you are employed.  Walking out first may leave you unemployed for a long time.

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