Thursday, 2 May 2013

This is not a fun post

Don't worry, nobody is dying and I'm not going anywhere. But we found out this week that Chris and his workmates have a high probability of losing their jobs in the near future. Pretty much all of them.

New Zealand is a small country. This essentially means his field of work (aircraft engineering) will not exist here in any substantial way. The career he has studied for and worked in since he was a teenager, gone. Hundreds of engineers searching for the few small pieces of contract work that will be available.

There are very, very few jobs in aircraft engineering in Australia, either. Like the garment industry, it's now cheaper to outsource to Asia - never mind the skills of the workers, or fair pay and conditions.

We haven't decided what to do yet. There probably is nothing that we can do, other than save our pennies! It's much too early to know what Chris is going to do if the work does indeed run out. I feel awful for him - I can't imagine how I'd feel if civil engineering was no longer a career in this country.

I just wanted to let you all know what is going on. I'm not writing this to elicit a thousand sympathetic responses, or career-change advice. Being entertained and distracted by your blogs is more than enough. I greatly appreciate your work!

Thank you all for being inspiring people and wonderful friends.

15 comments:

  1. I feel for you Kat. I have been watching the demise of Australian aviation for years - my father was a production engineer and set up the factory for the first commercial jet in the world. Sadly he could not get Australian industry to see the needs of the future world, and the roles of OZ/NZ in this. So I am sad for you, for him (his soul) and our countries. My thoughts and prayers for you.

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    1. Your father must have had a very interesting career. Thank you for your thoughts :-)

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  2. That sucks. It sucks to be in a scary and sad place, not knowing how everything will shake out. Things DO have a way of working out, and we are often better off for having worked through these rough patches. But man, it's awful when you are in the thick of it. Sending good thoughts your way...

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  3. Oh that's not good. I've been through 3 redundancies and ended up in better jobs as a result of each one. I always believe that things happen for a reason and that the outcome is always good. But when you're going through it, it can be stressful. Praying for you both.

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    1. Thanks Suzy. I hope that Chris can find another job, one that he is equally well-suited to.

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    2. I'm sure he will Kat and it will be better than the other one :)

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  4. yikes. Not cool. I'm reminded of the wheel of time series mantra though... my dad is an avionics engineer by trade and lost his job eons ago now ('95?) back when Avalon Airport was the beating heartland of aircraft maintenance in Aus. He turned to farming as opposed to moving us all to Singapore or Hong Kong (he went for many interviews there), but now he's half retired, teaching part time at Brisbane airport. Fingers crossed for a half decent outcome for you both :(

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    1. Interesting - I can't see Chris as a farmer! We thought about China, but the pay is sufficiently low that we would probably never be able to afford to come back home...

      Crossing my fingers too, thanks Mel :-)

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  5. My thoughts are with you both right now. In the meantime, I shall continue to do my best to provide you with shiny, shiny distraction. :)

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    1. Hahaha, I always look forward to your posts! Thank you for your thoughts :-)

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  6. Such a shame. My role has been made redundant on a couple of occasions and there was always something better around the corner. Have faith that another door will open for Chris. Good luck!

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    1. He's definitely not the first to be made redundant :-) I think we might need that luck, thanks!

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  7. You have my sympathy even though you didn't ask for it! So much is being outsourced in so many fields. It's hard, thinking 'What else can I do?'

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    1. Hahaha, thanks Valerie! Yes, that is the question. It's so open-ended, and where to even begin?? Hopefully there's a little bit of time to think about it.

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