When we moved to Dunedin from Singapore, we came primarily for the kids to get to know their Kiwi side of the family better, and also for the incomparable lifestyle that the South Island has to offer. It honestly doesn't get much better than living in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city surrounded by oceans, mountains, and meadows. Not for me, anyway.
We knew that moving here would mean moving to a smaller job market, away from the major centres of government and commerce (where a lot of the compatible jobs suitable to our skill sets would be). So we gave ourselves a good length of time to establish ourselves and find permanent employment.
As it turns out, I've secured a job in an industry that I've always wanted to work in - recruitment. My new role combines everything I love about a job: fast-paced environment; KPI-driven; EQ and IQ equally important and rewarded; collegial culture; and one where I think you need both creativity and organisational skills in equal measure to excel. As an ENFJ, I honestly think this is a great fit job-wise for me!
However, it does take a major mindset change. I've been working flexibly since Jordan was born almost seven years ago. At different periods within that timespan, I've held a full-time corporate role, managed a team of staff, and run my own small business. So now to go into a traditional 8.30am-5pm office-role, while it will take getting used to, I think is worth the opportunity cost in the long run. That's what my gut is telling me anyway!
I'm very thankful I have the support of Mr Turnip, who will be working from home in the meantime. I'm happy for him that he'll get to spend more time with the kids, and also very grateful that the working culture in New Zealand is very much respectful of work-life balance. So while I won't see the kids as much in the weekdays, I'll still be at home in time to cook dinner for them most nights and do all the things that The Turnips do in the evenings. Oh, and it takes me 19 minutes to walk to work in the mornings (I timed it while wearing leather boots, so in running shoes, I reckon I could shave a few seconds off the timing!), so another upside is I'll be getting regular exercise!
I'm going to give this new opportunity my all, and am switching my brain to full-on learning mode. Am so excited to be learning a new trade at this stage in my career. And also to finally be able to have a work wardrobe for all four seasons, wahoo!