In the job markets of Australia and New Zealand, there are three types of job opportunities: full-time, part-time and “casual”.
Casual jobs typically have a bit higher base pay, in return for a complete and utter lack of job security. If a business needs a little help for a short amount of time, they put out a call for casual work. They then hire workers on a week-by-week basis. Generally the work is 20-30 hours for a week, and then…hopefully you get a call the next week. This idea is absolutely foreign to me, and a little bit terrifying. It seems like it must be exceedingly stressful to go through all of the work of landing a job, and to know that the only thing you actually have is…that week.
I was trying to explain my reluctance to apply for casual jobs to a woman I’m staying with. She just gave me this blank stare and said “Well, but, what do you do when you want to leave for a month or two?”
You lose your job.
If it’s maternity leave, a temp might get hired to cover you, but, it’s not guaranteed.
Now I’m realizing that there are places that have a very different attitude towards “job security” then what I’m used to from the United States.
I can’t help but think: this is why travel is important.