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Thursday, December 14th, 2006
6:48 pm
Holy Shit... where did that come from?
Right, I was completely thrown yesterday when the Austrian company I had an interview with at the end of November got back to me. I've been offered that job too. Having agonised over which to go for I've decided to take the Austiran one.

I feel like saying "Ah Fuck" and "Fuck Yeah!!" at the same time.

It was a really tough decision. Both places had diffrent things to offer and to be honest I want to take both. Alas I've not done my homework on self cloning. I do want to live nearish to Birmingham but I also want to move to Austria. I'm really glad to have gotten the job but sad that I won't be nearer my friends, happier because I'll be actually living in the same country as Verena, kicking myself that I won't be able to do as much hands on work as I'd like, exited that my career couldn't get off to a better start etc etc ad nausium. But since I should be earning a good salary I'll have a much better chance of getting to Brum on the odd holiday. Better then when I was an unemployed bum in Vienna anyway.

I did cancel an interview in Hampshire on the 19th because that job didn't have anything either of the other two did. Which means since I can't get my money back on the flight I'll have to throw myself on a sword and go on a shopping trip to Camden instead :D Any chance that someone is free to meet up that day? I think it's a Tuesday.

Current Mood: indescribable
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
9:17 pm
Time for a bit of an update, methinks....

I gotta job!

Had an interview in Bury (not far from Manchester for those, like me, with limited English geography knowledge) yesterday and got offered a pretty good sounding heat treatment post. Sounds nice and hands-on and will look very good on my CV whether or not I plan to stay there for years. Will probably be starting sometime in Janurary but the details aren't worked out yet.

I heard back from that Sheffield job but alas management and accountants said no. Though there is a chance the decision will be reversed in January. Still it's finally good to say I'm not reliant on anything like that.

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
1:20 pm
May as well make a weekend of it...
It doesn't rain, it pours.

Got some good news for a change:)

Had a a call from Austria yesterday and I'm heading over for the guts of a week for an interview at the end of November. The place is a heat treatment research center or sommat similar. The guy I talked to said he was happy to take a recent graduate so I'll have my fingers crossed.

The other bit of good news happened yesterday too. I called up about a graduate metallurgist job in Sheffield. A cast research place. Again the job sounds good. I've got an interview there next thursday.

I've decided to make a weekend of it so I'll be back i Brum from Thursday the 8th 'till monday the 13th. Will be heading up to Sheffield on the Friday morning and coming back that evening as long as there are trains and the leaves aren't the wrong sort we get every Autumn.

Any crash space available? :D
Monday, October 30th, 2006
5:49 pm
Back in Dublin
Been trying to settle back in Dublin for the last week and a half or so. really not happy that i'm back here. Have been applying for anything I can find in England. So far two interesting sounding jobs in Sheffield but I'm not holding my breath.

I'm starting to lose patience with this god forsaken country already. Quite tempted to move back to Brum and get anything I can. Don't want to work for the rest of my life in Brum City council but it's better then staying here.

I did have Lady Luck smiling on me yesterday though. Played poker and had an unbelievable run of luck. I had a Royal Flush which is the first I've ever seen in real life. As is typical of me I ruined it all with one silly hand later on. Still, something I'm going to remember for a while.
Friday, October 13th, 2006
3:45 pm
Well... that's that, then

Had the interview and it went as well as it could have done. Problem is there are other people going for the job as well. It all depends if Böhler wants to risk taking someone new on. I'm not going to hold my breath. Will find out at the end of October.

In the meantime I've nothing else going here. I'll be flying back to Dublin on Tuesday. With a good deal of luck, I'll have a week or two of spending time with my family before getting called back for that job. Otherwise it's a mad dash to get a job, anything, back in Brum. If Austria doesn't work then hopefully I'll be back sometime in November.

Will be nice to see everyone again but I hope I'm forgiven for hoping that it won't come to that.

Bah-humbug...at least I tried.
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
12:58 pm
*wanders back...tail between legs*
Right... bugger... blast it to bloddy hell and wotnot.

I've booked a flight back to Dublin on the 17th. I've still not found a job. I'm going ever so slightly strange sitting around the flat with very little to do. I've got another 3 weeks to find something or I'm going to have to give up and leave Vienna and Verena :(

Will be moving back to Brum as soon as I can find a job and a home to get messy. At this stage I've pretty much given up finding an engineering job. No experience, near one and a half year work gap and crappy eye-sight makes it even more unlikely I'll get that all elusive First Job in engineering.

Well, we'll see. I've got an interview next Wednesday. Maybe things will be diffrent this time and I'll actually be contacted again after it. Maybe they could even say yes. Doubt it but I'm still hoping.
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
2:05 pm
I'm back. Just realised when I read my last post that no one's heard from me since about May time. How has everyone been? How did people do during exams? Have we got more graduates? Let me know.

Things aren't going all that well really. Don't have a job and my prospects aren't looking too rosey. If I don't find one soon then it's back to Dublin with me and Dublin holds even less prospects for a job for me. Unless something changes fairly soon I'd have spent 5 years in University for nowt. My CV isn't too great as it is. A year gap in employment is making it worse.

Well the weather's been great. The 3 week heat wave seems to be coming to an end now though. It's actually raining without it being a summer thunder storm. I do love temperatures of over 30C I must admit.

If things don't improve here then I'll be hightailing it back to Brum at the soonest opertunity. I want me friends back :(
Thursday, May 18th, 2006
4:45 pm
funny ol' world...

Sorry bout the long absence. Been filling my time with online D&D 'cause I've got nowt better to do.
Was going to post yesterday that I'd not gotten the job I had the interview for. Now I've got staff training to (hopefully) get a job in an Irish Bar next thursday. And s few minutes ago I got a phone call asking me to go for an interview about a warehouse job. Not ideal jobs by any strech of the imagination but alot better than I had the day before.

Hope evryone is well. Will read up on peeps livejournals soon.

Thursday, April 27th, 2006
12:07 pm
Gah now I'm horribly confused.
Got some good news this morning. Got an email about a interview so called the recuitment agency and yes I'll have an interview in Linz next Thursday. Woot!

The confusion came when the guy i talked to called again 10 minutes later and started asking me how my german was and whether i could move to Amstetten. After about 5 mins of me wondering what the hell was going on i asked who was calling. It was a completly diffrent recruitment agency and diffrent caller and had nothing to do with the first call.

Are austiran recuitment agencies all run by clones?


Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, April 13th, 2006
1:50 pm
In a good mood now. Just got a phone call about a job i applied for at Phillips. Got a phone interview next week. Not sure if it'll come to anything but it's the best response I've had to date from anyone... ever. The only slight problem with the job is that it's nowhere near Vienna. Oh well hopefully it pays well enough to let me travel on the weekends.


Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
3:54 pm
Nicked off stelmaria_clg
No surprises here, methinks.

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Monday, April 10th, 2006
2:33 pm
steps up to spring board...
Wondering if i should join the flirt bandwagon or not. Hmmm prob too woriied about not getting any replies and having my over large opinion of myself challanged.
Just in case droves of you ever wanted to knock down my door. I screen anon people anyway and i'll screen any replys if requested to.

so without further adue:
Flirting is good. it makes people smile and brightens up the day, so i'm doing two posts. one will be comment-screened for the shy folk to indulge in whatever flirtatious naughtiness strikes their fancy. one will be unscreened so the bold and uninhibited can all have fun together........

Alternatively it may be one post containing both screened and unscreened comments. Screened by default holler if you don't want me to unscreen you.

In other news, still no job but german is improving. Club thingy on saturday was ok. It was in an old royal city residence and was amayingly beautiful but lacked aircon and enough loos. Been trying to get to know people so didn't do much dancing and missed Ronan Harris playing. Oh well, maybe next time.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
10:27 pm
ich kann schon Deutsch sprechen.
Heya peeps
Thanks to people who commented on hte last post. Couldn't get round to replying to them alas.

Started an intensive german course on monday. Monday to thursaday 6-9. I'm knackered but at least i can string more than two words together now and think i've caught a cold. Bah Humbug.

Still not heard any thing about jobs, yet tho i did have a hopefull sounding conversation nthe phone monday. It's the job want to do and it's with a company i'd like to work with so fingers crossed.

Das ist alles für jetzt, ich glaube. Bis später.


Current Mood: snuffully
Monday, April 3rd, 2006
10:44 am
Tom's Big Adventure: Day 9
Heya peeps,

In Vienna and settling in now. Sorted out registering and got a bank account now. Just waiting for someone to give me a job. Been applying for all and sundry so far. By the laws of probability something should turn up soon (I hope). Already got the chance at a bar job but it doesn't open till the end of the month and I'm not sure i'll be able to see the till well enough. If i can I've got a job though.

Kinda struggling with my german. Learning quite a bit but not as quickly as i'd like. Need to find an affordable language course methinks.

Will be heading to a big club night this weekend. Pretty impressive line up of DJs. People from VNV Nation, Covenant and Projekt Pitchfork plus some i vaugle recognise and a few i don't. Should be fun tho i might be Billy Nomates in the goth scene for a while. That will change i hope.

Das ist alles. Ich müsse mich mehr Stellen bewerben.

Tom der grinsende_idiot
Saturday, March 25th, 2006
2:47 pm
I'm leaving on a jet-plane
I'm off!
Leaving for Vienna horrendouly early on sunday morning. Getting the last things packed atm. Don't have as much room as i'd thought bur who cares? I'm leaving!

Next update will be in forn-parts.
Take care everyone.


Current Mood: excited
Monday, March 6th, 2006
7:00 pm
Get me outta here
Heya people.
I'm out of hiding again for a short while. Still not been going well but at least it won't last too much longer.

I'm off to Vienna at the end of the month! Sqeee! Will be away from this god-forsaken country soon and hopefully getting myself sorted in a place i actually like.

Recommencing hiding mode.


Current Mood: tired
Thursday, January 19th, 2006
1:43 pm
Bout time for an update


Not been posting much cause things haven't been going all that well. Still no job and so far no prospect of one either. Still looking up websites and emailing my cv to all and sundry so maybe soon. My parents are still on at me as much as always which has been getting me down too.

Some good news though: I'm out of a cast and got an "air shoe" instead. It looks suspiciously like a new rock except comfortable and it keeps my foot warm and I can walk on it:)

Some better news: Verena is coming over for nearly a week next Wednesday:D Been over two months since I've seen her. I'm not sure how much time alone we'll have with my parents in the house. Well I'm not bloody complaining. I've made up my mind to move in April whether I have a job there or not. Still sending off job applications and at least the Austrian companies send responses even if they are negative.

Right need some food and a coffee and a hug. Will have to wait a week for the latter i suppose.

Take care of yorselves.


Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
2:33 pm
Oh bugger....
Went to the hospital yesterday to get my foot checked out. After waiting for about 6 hours I got told that yes it is broken.
Now got a cast on it and will have to put up with it for about 6 weeks.
Bugger bugger shit damn is all i can bloody say *grumble*
I'm sure that making me use crutches is against the oathy thing docs have to swear. With my balance, I'll end up doing myself far more harm than walking on not too painfull broken fott.
Oh tis life i guess.
T :(
Sunday, January 1st, 2006
8:52 pm
Happy new year and wotnot


Well that wasn't the best start to a new year. Went to my old haunt in Dublin hoping that I'd know people. Luckily I did and I'm getting back in touch with the Dublin scene.

The unfortunate bit happened when i went for a new year smoke outside (bloody smoking ban... grumble). On my way back down I managed to trip down the stairs and bugger up my foot/ankle. Limped round the dance floor till it got too painful and limped my way to the night bus. Luckily the re was a taxi right there when i got off the bus so I didn't have to limp the last mile uphill.

Woke up this morning and it was swollen really badly and fucking throbbing. Been putting ice on it and it just seems to be bruising and soft tissue damage. I still hold my no bones broken record.

Tis all I can be bothered to say atm.

Missing brum people. Hope all are well and meinen Hundinnen are taking care of themselves.


Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, December 23rd, 2005
10:32 pm

Heya people,

Been busy these last few days looking for a job and making myself usefulish at so hence no updates. The job search has not gone well so far. I've sent my CV off to quite a few places in Dublin but not even gotten so much as a thanks for your CV in response. Applied for two jobs in Austria so far. They a least got back to me. Not surprisingly I didn't get an interview offer but they were fairly positive rejections (sounds like an oxymoron but never mind). I got told that they'd let me know if there were any jobs going that they think I could do and to keep checking their web sites. It's not much but it's a start at least.

Things haven't been going too well at home either. My parents are telling me daily that i really need to find a job. It's true but it's something I knew before I even arrived back and the repetition doesn't help in the slightest. It's really bugging me and just getting me  more frustrated. I ended up snapping quite badly at my mum the other day, telling her to stop nagging me to do things I'm already doing. Ho-hum sounding like a teenager now.

In better news my family is starting to come together for xmas. My brother is back from Devon and my eldest sister is coming up from Cork with hubby and niece tomorrow. Should be nice to have everyone together.

I hope everyone's well. I really miss Brum and everyone I had to leave. I'm still hoping that things start going my way soon to make the move worth it.

Take care peeps. If I don't post before: Have happy merrymaking and wotnot.




Current Mood: drained
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