I have been alluding to the fact that there is something I am having to contemplate right now. I have not been able to say a lot about it except to individuals about what is going on, but that’s about it. The rest of the planning , or trying to figure out what I am going to do has been going on in my head. And it’s been driving me a bit crazy.
Here is the situation.
Nic and I are trying to decide whether we should shift away from Nelson. We have thought about this before in the not so distant past, but this time we are getting a bit more serious about it.
I have posting on here occasionally about the state of Nic’s job prospects over the last few months. There has been a lot more rejection than I have really advertised, and the constant looking for jobs has been really getting us down. Nic is a fully qualified primary school teacher, with a large amount of experience in special needs teaching. Even with all this experience, he is not getting a shoe in the door, and is being turned down for jobs left right and centre. The problem here with working is that so many people want to live here, and people that already have permanent positions are not giving them up. There is not much of a worker shift here and the positions are coveted by many. Several job applications he turned in had 45-65 applicants.
I was hoping to get more hours from my employer, too. As it stands, I have a 17 hour a week job at a school and 1 hour a week working for a government department. So, 18 hours a week, with OK pay, but I do not get paid for school holidays, which is about 13 weeks of the year. I had asked my employer for a raise, but there is no money available in the budget for this. I was really disappointed in the outcome, but it’s totally understandable. you can’t miracle money out of nothing, and money in education is really tight.
So, knowing that I have 18 hours a week, Nic does not have work, and his son Illie is now living with us full time for the next 5 years does put a bit of stress on the situation. As is the nature of contract work, I am unsure if I will get more hours in the future as my reputation grows. I have recently been contacted about some extra work, but I am not sure about how many hours I will get, or if I will get my standard rate. It’s all quite up in the air.
And So It Begins….
I found a job that was advertised a while ago in Invercargill.
Here is nelson: here is Invercargill:
So, in a nutshell, the position is a very good one. It is a permanent full time position. It is on a wage. I would get paid for holidays. I would get paid more overall working there than I would here due to doing 18 more hours a week. The position is at a school very similar to what I am at now, but I would be a staff member, and not a contractor like I am here.
Sounds good, right? Logically I know this is a good deal, it’s just it’s in Invercargill. I grew up there, so I know it particularly well. It’s reputation has a tendency to precede itself. No one is really fighting to move there. It’s a flat, quiet, slightly boring city. Not very affluent, not particularly rich in culture (though some would argue it is), and it has much worse weather than Nelson. However, it is cheap to live there, I have several friends there, and my Dad and Grandma are there.
Oh you know I am about to write a pros and cons list.
Moving to Invercargill:
- I have a stable job
- I can afford to support Nic and Iliam
- We can live in a cheap house, paying $160 less than what we do here per week
- I can have a garden
- I can get a dog and some chickens
- we will be close to Dunedin, Te Anau and Queenstown
- my allergy crap will go away
- I am familiar with the city and people
- we can save for a house
- we can have more money for our wedding
- we can stress less about making ends meet
- we can buy a new car and update our furnishings
- Nic and I can do post grad studies at teachers college
- I said I would never live in Invercargill again
- it is boring there
- the shopping is terrible most of the time
- I think I am ‘better’ than living in that city (this is a problem I have myself, and I need to get over it!)
- Having family close is not necessarily a good thing
- living in the flat will remind me of Mum (was my parents old house)
- a sense of ‘failure’ having to return home
- Having to find another bloody wedding venue
- we will be stuck there for 5 years
Staying in Nelson
- beautiful weather
- great lifestyle
- lots of people of different cultures
- access to golden bay
- staying in a job that I am comfortable in and that I enjoy
- getting to keep my private client that I love seeing every week
- having some great co-workers
- being able to have an active lifestyle
- feels like we are on summer holiday all year round
- struggling for pay
- trying to find a flat is hard
- cannot buy a house without a permanent contract
- having to have multiple jobs
- paying lots of rent for little return
- it’s too hot sometimes
- people can be unfriendly/hard to make friends
- we would have to leave the friends we have already made
- mostly bad shopping
- pollen trying to kill me
So, we have a bit of thinking to do. Many people I have talked to have shown us how positive a move it would be to go to Invercargill. It would mean so much financial security for us, and it’s a good wee town to grow up in (for Illie and maybe future spawn)
The scary thing is I think I know what the sensible thing to do is… I just don’t want to admit it.
Can you tell me what to do? Maybe I should take a vote. Your comments will definitely help!