So, how has 2020 been for you? It’s impossible to find anyone whose life hasn’t been upended in one way or another. It has been particularly challenging for business owners like Phil, who depend on regular contact with people every day. Phil cuts my hair. I’ve been seeing him for at least seven years, maybe longer. He and his wife Iris own a salon in … Continue reading A view from the top
“I was raised to believe that you work hard, do your job and be conscientious. But experience has shown me, to some degree, this advice just goes out the window. You could be made redundant at the drop of a hat and you have no control over it.” Joseph reflects on a major episode in his life that occurred more than six years ago. It … Continue reading A Good Samaritan’s Reflections
How do you transition to retirement? That was Julie’s question. She had plenty of energy, plenty still to contribute, but wondered, “when will I be ready?” Julie had been with a large community organisation based in Sydney for twelve years. “We had gone through a lot of changes. I had a big role, responsible for a lot of staff. But I was thinking about moving … Continue reading A transition to retirement?
Getting ahead in her career was not a major priority for Emma this year. Yet the onset of Covid-19 has elevated her work in ways she could not predict. Her skillset and professional experience are more in-demand now than they have ever been. Change of focus Emma’s focus at the beginning of the year was on helping her employer expand into new markets through strategic … Continue reading An unexpected turn
Matt and Clare moved from Sydney to Newcastle with their three children at the end of 2019. Clare had been offered the role of CEO for Compassion Australia, a significantly sized humanitarian charity. “Most aspects of my life have changed. I finished up my role as a Pastor for a local church and am effectively working as a stay at home Dad.” Changes He sums … Continue reading A move to support
“I lost my dream job. After years of building up to it, I thought I’d paid my dues.” Jasmine has worked in childcare for over ten years. Landing a job in a newly opened preschool represented so much for her. She learned of the job in 2019, before the preschool opened. At the time she was Director of a Long Day Care Centre in another … Continue reading Jasmine’s story