Well, after a few weeks of fretting and worrying and not sleeping I have finally made a fairly significant decision about my career and my finances...
I have accepted a redundancy package... eek!
The Queensland Public Service are wanting to cut staffing figures by about 3500 - so all permanent employees were offered a "Voluntary Separation Package" to leave their cushy jobs and agree not to work in any Queensland government body for three years.
I have been offered a package of 30 weeks base salary, plus 3 extra weeks salary for each year of service - I have been working for the government for 9.3 years, so yeah, its a fairly good chunk of cash.
So as of Friday 9 December - I will be unemployed! And I am scared shitless.
I have given up the magical government "tenure" for a bag full of unmarked dollar bills. I am absolutely shit at managing dollars, so I am really worried about blowing it all on booze and hookers.
But I do have a plan. I am going to put away 18 months rent and go and study a course that will challenge my creativity - A diploma of Screen and Media (Specialising in Film and TV Production). I have so many ideas in my head for TV and movie scripts, but I want to do more than write, I want to produce, I want to get behind a camera and get involved in making them.
Its a huge risk - leaving asecure job in government purchasing (which has been the most boring six months of my life) to pursue a career in a cut-throat industry with few opportunities in Australia. But there has never been a better opportunity for me to try.
Failure is quite possible - but fuck it. I'm going to go for it and see what happens in the end.