It’s been an interesting few weeks.
The dominant issue has been with work: I was made redundant, and so even though I’m effectively being paid until around Christmas, I need to find a new gig.
Which brings to the surface whether to stay in Newcastle or not?
I want to stay here, there’s no doubt I am happier here, and I belong here. Getting a job would be easier though if I went to Sydney.
The other aspect is that the nature of the work I do means there’ll be very little hiring going on over the summer – small to medium businesses are the main employers, and they are in the wrong mindset to increase staff over Christmas and January. Most likely, things will improve in February/March. But should I stay here over the summer, with little prospect for any result? Especially when I can live cheaper elsewhere.
Do I want to relocate for the short term though? Finding a good place here in Newcastle took me a while – about 18 months. If I leave, I may have to go through something similar when I return. Do I want that?
It is, therefore, a bit of a balanced question, and one which I flip from one side to the other with painful regularity. We’ll see how it pans out.