Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Hopeful Gardener

Well the long summer break for Universities is over, the Thai holiday is behind him and we're 2 weeks into the first Semester so DrummerBoy is officially 'unemployed'. Poor possum is still waiting for formal notification of his degree and results which makes proving you've got a degree a little difficult when you're job hunting. People he's seen so far are in retail and he'd rather be slugging it out in the heat digging ditches and designing gardens.

Never fear, mother's here . . We're on the campaign trail with a vengeance. Mummy made pretty resumes and cover letters, he put in the words and now the landscaping industry in Sydney is being inundated with a letter and resume drop. Short of printing 5,000 and dropping them from a helicopter, he's got the city covered. (Would they drop from a helicopter or get sucked up into the rotors and resemble ticker tape rain?) Damn you Ian for making me think about physics!

In retrospect, perhaps an apprenticeship rather than a high falutin' degree might have been more practical. He's got the theory, knows his soils and roses, can identify a load of plants with their botanical names and knows at least 100 pests (we had them all pinned to a piece of styrofoam on my dining table for months!). He's a big boy and a hard worker, not afraid of lugging heavy stuff or putting his back into hard work. The ultimate goal is his own business but to get that, he needs the practical experience. Three months working for a landscape gardener in your three year Uni career doesn't quite cut the mustard. Employers of landscape designers are not so impressed with three years as a casual pool shop attendant!

It's tough for a new graduate with little practical experience, in a saturated employment market, seeking a position in a landscape design company during a five year drought! So would somebody please give my little horticulturalist a job . . . he's ready, willing, able, eating me out of house and home and his car needs registering and insuring . . .!


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Goodness! My mind is racing trying to think of someone to employ a Bachelor of Horticulture! We've only just hired someone to do the edges of our lawn - how posh for us but way below practical experience needed. Hmmmm, will ask around. Have your mailing address!:)

Anonymous said...

PS: Baino ... show off some of those brilliant garden images in your flickr account!

Nick said...

Tell me about it. As you know, I'm job-hunting myself. I guess all DB can do is just keep plugging away, exploring all avenues etc, until eventually something will land in his lap when he's least expecting it. Persistence and optimism, that's the main thing.

steph said...

It is tough for new graduates but at least DB has achieved a degree in his area of interest - so many don't - and they end up hopelessly trying to find work with an irrelevant degree behind them.

And, not everyone is lucky enough to have such a dedicated Mum to back them up either! Aaaah!!!

I hope DB gets some positive response soon - before his Mum's patience runs out!

ian said...

Ah Baino, physics! I don't know anything about physics.

I think think superposition should suggest that the atoms that comprise Adam's letter could be simultaneously present on the desks of the potential employers. The problem is that as soon as the employer becomes aware of the atoms, decoherence sets in and the atoms are very firmly back on your desk (which incidentally is also present in lots of places, I think).

Much safer to use the postal service.

nonny said...

Ahh he'll get something, sure the first year or two after college is going to be hard regardless of your major. I hope he gets the job he wants.

Brianf said...

I don't know about Oz but if I received a cover letter to a CV on pretty blue paper with little cutesy pictures on it that CV would go right into the round filing cabinet.
Who are his audience? Probably guys who own their own business and they tote barges and lift bales all day.

Quickroute said...

I know one of yours is already wandering these southern climes right now so I guess it would be hard to see another head off but why doesn't he follow in her footsteps and see a little of the world before he joins the daily grind. I know, I'm a bad influence! :-)

Baino said...

Anony: Fancy name for a landscaper but that's what he wants a crack at! Sadly his contribution to my garden is a tiny box hedge and lawn mowing!

Aww Nick I empathise with you. Its the old story . .overqualified with no experience. He'll be right. He's a good worker and needs an income toot sweet!

Steph; it'my wallet and petrol that's running out rather than my patience.

Ian: I'm still spinning! Applying for jobs in this universe is hard enough, do I have to cover all the paralells as well - that's a lot of photocopying.

Hey Nonny . . you're alive! He's not one to be out of a job long. My first job had nothing to do with my degree so who knows!

Brian: He's a landscape designer, he has to show he has some artistic flair . .we're not talking wheel barrows and lawn edging here. It's white paper with olives on it! This is what he's going for . . .http://www.rollingstonelandscapes.com

Quicky: One word 'money' and stop encouraging my children to bugger off to the wilds! He can go when the other gets back!

Clare & Jem's Excellent Adventures said...

Nice cover letter! Very...limey!

Baino said...

Clare, they're OLIVES! Gawd, you lived with plant ID man for long enough!

Clare & Jem's Excellent Adventures said...

Like anyone ever pays any attention to what he says...PS, Seems he's keeping up the Kellyville nightlife if facebook photos are anything to go by...

Baino said...

CB: You've been on Ryan's link haven't you . . what they were doing in the car is nobody's business. Frankly I didn't hear a thing! I miss your crowd tho!