A.J. Walker


A Most Difficult Hunt

I’m on the lookout for a new job. But it’s a bit difficult not knowing at this stage what I want to be when I grow up. How do all you guys do it?

I’ve been too long away from my time as an Environmental Scientist really to get back into that. Unless maybe it was on a project by project basis (or auditing). Can’t see it happening. I enjoyed report writing and reviewing - and the fact that every job was different. The management side less so, especially during trying and pressurised times.

I’ve being doing delivery driving for a few years now, which has its positives and negatives. But Amazon have been pushing more and more deliveries on to drivers over this last year. It’s basically been like Xmas every week since last March: but Xmas without any bonus. They have been wearing younger guys than me out at a ridiculous rate. At least at Xmas you can see a light at the end of the tunnel as it's just four or five weeks of madness. There’s no upside currently. I could definitely write a good blog or four about working as an Amazon driver. But I’ll have to wait until I’ve finished there and want to burn any bridges. At the moment whilst I’ve got an eye out for something else, but don’t have anything, I’m still planning to work for them - needs must.

I do need to find another job locally. Preferably something enjoyable - at least at times. I know not what though. It really is hard to look for a job when you don’t have a specific aim. I dare say I'll need a variety of CVs skewed to what I may apply for. Wonder where I’ll end up? Later in the year I may need to look at retraining, but as what? There’s only so many web designers or copy editors needed out there. It’s all so up in the air: like going for a hunt not knowing what is out there and what equipment you may require.

In the interim I’ll get a lottery ticket if I remember.

Wanted: New Job

It's the new year and I definitely need to find a new job. Something that pays enough and provides me with a decent work-life balance. Ideally something I enjoy doing. But if it pays enough then I can live without that - as long as I earn enough to live and have proper hours so that I can have the enjoyment outside of work that balances out the tedium from any crap job.

So to that end I'll be updating my various CVs, including my writing one.

Of course I still have the problem of not knowing what I want to do when I grow up, which is not ideal. It's hard to look up jobs when you're open to consider lots - you end up seeing countless useless soul destroying adverts.

I'm not even sure what my ideal job would be. I mean I love writing, reading, music, beer, football, social media (well Twitter anyway), websiting from my Mac, photography, driving, train journeys, flying (in planes), boats (less so). Britain, Europe, the world, the planets. I love conversations and enjoy solitude too.

So what the hell would be the perfect job then?

Writing content for a beer and music site with lots of travel and a bit of footy thrown in - based in Merseyside with plenty of world travel. Look I'm your man for that. Not seen the advert for it yet and not sure where to look for it. Searching for 'Dream jobs' isn't delivering that. I'll keep looking. You never know.

In the meantime I'll carry on practicing my writing, reading and strumming the guitar and I'll keep an eye out for jobs and training opportunities. If you see this advert anywhere in the coming weeks, please drop me a line!