For the first time in my life, I have been asked to leave a job. This is weird territory and I feel somewhat bemused.
I started a 'seasonal' job in April working at a local Garden Centre. I was on the Information Desk and it was the first time I had worked anywhere like it. And I really enjoyed it, I have to say. Knowing it was a seasonal post, I figured that working through the summer until maybe September would do me just fine. But what I forgot to work into that equation is that 'summer' in Calgary - as far as the retail world is concerned - is pretty much done by June. Quick! - it's mid June - let's put everything on sale now. Including letting go of some seasonal staff. So that's me out of a job - bah humbug.
I've never been 'let go' before but on this occasion I reassure myself that there is no need to take it personally, and they have asked that if I was free next Spring, to come back again - which is a good thing, right?! But herein lies the dilemma. I can foresee my life going more into this horticultural/sustainable development type route which seems to be where a seedling of interest is forming. And an albeit slow realisation that living in Alberta might not offer me too much in way of employment (or variety) in this field. D'oh! The lengthy frozen winter season does not do too much for the horticultural world here. In fact I spent last winter learning and studying some courses through the Calgary Zoo Botanical department (highly recommended by the way - www.calgaryzoo.org ) as a way of usefully using the chilly months. I might do the same again this winter and sign up for some more stuff. That is, of course, if I do not find suitable employment in the meantime.
With two young children, I want a proper part-time job that pays more than minimum wage and that has some kind of meaningful spin on it. Like gold dust of course, and if you hear of one, do let me know ... not much to ask, is it?
The downside of not working, apart from the blindingly obvious financial fallout, is that I will now have to be Chief Entertainments Officer for two young ladies for the duration of the 10 week school holidays. Aaghhh - give me a regular job any day of the week!