Tuesday, November 22, 2011


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.


Victor said...

Cliche time. Fortune favours the brave.

Good luck with your aspirations. One day I'll be watching your productions. I love the movies!

Myykel said...

Cool....can I say I knew you when? good luck

phishez said...

Excellent plan!

I was made redundant in April. But I only got 10 weeks cash.

Maybe start looking for casual/part time work (after a good break). Use that money for groceries, clothes, entertainment and general spending.

In the end, it will be a little less stress when the bank balance starts to get lower.