Auckland beckons

I live in the wrong part of the country. Dunedin is lovely, don’t get me wrong. However there are opportunities of a whole range of sorts that I am missing because of where I live. I won’t go into all the details of that, just trust me. We’ve decided that we should move to Auckland. Plus it’s much warmer, and we have family in that part of the country who we haven’t seen much of.

I’m a family man and we’re not particularly well off, so I can’t responsibily move unless there’s there’s a job to move to. I’m applying for jobs already, and while I’m explaining each time I apply that we do intend to move to Auckland, there’s going to be a natural reluctance to hire people from out of town when there are local applicants. I thought I’d give a shout out here in case there are readers in that part of the country who might know of something, or who might even be in a place of influence who might be able to offer something. There’s a whole range of areas that I could work in. I currently work for the Inland Revenue Department in Student loans, doing technical work on accounts and also liasing with other agencies (like Studylink, the Ministry of Education, the Immigration Department and tax agents). I also get in touch with customers by phone and also address their queries by email. It involves applying legislation, and I’ve also played a role over the last year and a bit in clarifying the legislative requirements of the roles that my team has been involved in, and also coaching fellow staff members. Prior to this role I worked as a customer service rep in the call centre for Inland Revenue. Prior to that I managed a bookstore.

You already know (probably) about my academic background, but in general my approach is that unless a role requires years of experience in a highly specialised field, I can do it: anything involving communication, coaching, training, tutoring, or anything that involves explaining technical information. I also work well with numbers, and I even have a couple of papers in accounting. I could do web based work and even some graphic design work (it’s not like I have professional expreience there, but I made this site and the graphics here – bearing in bind that the blog is a wordpress blog, although the graphics are mine). I also have a background in music, recording and audio engineering (have you seen my site www.podcastermusic.org ?).

So if you’re in a position to suggest anything in the Auckland area – anything at all really – please do drop me a line and let me know. 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Auckland beckons

  1. dude, if I did.. I would let you know immediately..

    I’m pretty sure I could get you some speaking engagements, or at least introduce you to some people who can.. but I doubt they would pay (much if at all).

    Tell you what.. you pray I get some more big customers, and I will train you up and pay you to work from home doing my tech support work (and on site if you really want to) 🙂

    IT Helpdesks in auckland are always looking for people, they dont pay that much though.. 40-55k.

    Which reminds me, do you have a diploma of teaching? If you had one, at least you could teach “normal” school.. I reckon you’d be a great, if not controversial Science teacher 😛 Could be worth investing the time in getting it (also, to teach at bible colleges/seminaries, they seem to almost require one now..)

  2. Thanks Geoff. Yeah, I’ve considered the teaching thing. I’ve already used up all my student allowance, though, and since I’m a white male, there are no scholarships available. 🙁

    I chuckled at the Bible College comment. “Hey, a higher degree degree (let alone a PhD) in the field we want you to teach in isn’t required (in fact it won’t even cut it), but dangit, make sure you have a teaching diploma!”

    And yeah, helpdesk work would be cool. That kinda money would be fine as a regular job. It’s just a matter of lacking the training and experience. It would be cool if your business got a little bigger and you were so inclined!

  3. ah well.. I’ve been lucky (blessed!) so far… who knows what will happen? Only God, I guess. Dang, I am sounding all spiritual 😛

    I need the customers, thats for sure 😛

    Yeah, about the diptch – Rod Edwards told me that if I wanted to teach theology (or anything really), I should get one. He said they will always prefer it.. for QA stuff I guess. I wonder if you can do it online/part time? SIT does free stuff online does it?
    http://www.sit.ac.nz/
    (Cant see anything teaching there though)

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