I have a new job!
My Liberal Studies degree is leaving me with two majors, one in Social Policy and one in Geography. And get this:
Anglicare has offered me a part time job in their social policy department making maps!
I am so so excited! Was there ever a more perfect job? My friend Natalie (a girl from church, although not from my congregation) lined it up for me. I saw her recently and was asking her about her work. She graduated from UNSW with a geography major and initially had a job at Sydney Uni with the transport studies department. She told me she had a new job, using GIS for Anglicare so they could map social trends within different parishes. My excited reaction was uncommon for her – not many people get excited about GIS. The next thing I know, she was lining up a job for me as her assistant one day a week. Apparently she is the only person in the whole organisation who can use GIS software. That being said, she is using a different program to the one we were trained on at uni, but that’s OK! I can pick it up! I had my interview and they liked me, and they talked about me staying for awhile, even after I graduate. The job doesn’t start til the end of September, but that is still alright. I am hanging out for it!
The only drawback is that now I am living in a two person household where the two people are employed by parachurch organisations – no, wait, two anglican parachurch organisations. A part of me is recoiling at the idea – I was sort of looking forward to finding a job that was outside of the Christian bubble, and meeting different sorts of people etc. But I guess I can’t complain – it was beyond my wildest dream that I would find a job so tailored to my interests and studies with such nice people. But such a job does exist!
In terms of other future plans (like my urban planning diploma) I don’t want to write them off. I am taking an urban planning subject this semester, as well as a pseudo-planning subject in Geography, and planning is exciting too. Maybe I’ll keep that option up my sleeve for later.