It was part of our plan to find work along the way, as we know we are on a tight budget. If we purely rely on the little amount of money we’ve had, we won’t last long and it will be a very short trip. So when we came to ACT, we have decided to also try to find some work.
We have tried searching for jobs on the internet, but not a lot of short term work on offer. So we then tried using agencies, as we’ve found out there are quite a few agencies for different types of industry, such as construction, general labour, office & administration, hospitality, etc.
In the end, we were offered a short term position by Pinnacle People. They are an agency that deals with the hospitality industry. We have applied the catering assistant they have advertised and we were told it would be a short term position for a month and up to two months if possible. We thought it was very suitable for our need and we accepted the position.
We worked as catering assistants at a nursing home kitchen in ACT. This was a decent size nursing home with quite a few residents living there, our job with the rest of the kitchen team was to provide quality food for them with six meals a day and seven days a week!
It was certainly very different to the type of office work we were used to, as we were required to be on our feet all day and serving food to different areas inside the nursing home.
Although different, but it was a rewarding job, not only did we get the money we needed from this job. We have also met many new people, such as the lovely kitchen team, the caring staffs and made friends to some residents.
We have also learned so much from this work place, especially about the type of food handling requirements and the different types of food and drink texture required for different residents. We’ve felt the pressure that we and other people are under in taking good care of residents in the facility, and we will be showing more of our respect to the people working in the aged care industry.
During our time here, there were two significant moments for us. First of all, we were named ‘Employee of the Month’ by Pinnacle People in May. We were very surprised, as we have never thought we would receive an honour like this, let alone this was our first month to work with the agency and the nursing home. Secondly, we have received a thank you and farewell gift from one of the lovely residents, who thanked us for our service to them and give us a little koala as our travelling companion during our trip! We were so touched by her action and we have gained so much more than just money from this job, which we will treasure for as long as we can!
We thank God for this job opportunity, the love, experience and memories that were given to us. It’s sad to know we will leave this job, but at the same time, we look forward to the next one ahead of us!