Not much happened on the job front for a while. Hugh encouraged me to focus on applying for "real" jobs at first, instead of directing my energy into more immediately-available retail or hospitality jobs. And I was surprised in early July when I was invited for an interview at one of the local universities. I didn't think it would amount to much because of my visa situation, until I re-read the position description and realized it was a part-time, 4-month position similar to the one I did in Edinburgh. So that would be great!
But the interview was so far away, and in the meantime, I've been relying more and more on Hugh for money. So for the past few weeks, I've been applying for hospitality and retail jobs...to no avail whatsoever. No one wants me to sell their clothes or wait their tables or man their front desks. I was beginning to think coming here was a bad career move. I don't know what a work-and-holiday visitor has to do in this city to get a freakin' casual job!
So it's a good thing I was offered the temporary research job. Booyah! The interview was on Wednesday. On Thursday, I was contacted to arrange an interview for a different job with the Department of Health for next week. And on Friday, the first group offered me the temp job. Yayyyy! I have prospects! People want me! I'm not completely useless!