Light at the End of the Tunnel

July 29, 2009 at 10:18 pm (working life)

Sometimes things tend to happen pretty fast and before you know it, you see a light at the end of the tunnel even though that tunnel seemed to be quite long and dark. In my case, that light is a new job I applied for only last Friday before going to Budapest to see Nine Inch Nails live. Upon returning, I found an email in my inbox containing an invitation to a job interview, and this interview was scheduled for the next day (Tuesday, July 28th). The interview went pretty well and before I knew what was happening, the editor-in-chief of an upcoming travel magazine said “We want you on our team, what do you say?” Of course, I declined the offer… yeah, right πŸ˜€ As if… The job sounded so interesting and intruiging that I agreed to take it even though it means I’ll be a freelancer for a couple of months. But since I cannot afford to turn down any offers and since the editor-in-chief also told me that there’s definitely a chance of getting a full-time-contract I would have been mad to turn that offer down. Now all that remains to do is to figure out how much I’ll be paid and, most important, if I have to pay for insurance myself. I really hope the latter can be avoided – I was a freelancer years ago and paid 3,000 euros per year only for insurance so in the end I was basically working for the insurance company (damn you, SVA!), with not much money being left to spend. We’ll see how this will turn out in the end; for now, I’m really happy that I can work again and since I’ve never been around when a new magazine has been launched, this will be quite an experience – being able to contribute to a brand-new magazine, being able to come up with ideas and shape the magazine. And if I’m really lucky, I’ll probably get a long-term-contract based upon the “Kollektivvertrag” for journalists, meaning: fixed income with automatic raises every year and 15 salaries per year πŸ™‚

1 Comment

  1. dementiadaily said,

    Woooohooo! Congrats! πŸ˜€ Feel hugged and smooched and whatever. πŸ˜€ Hope it’ll work out fine for you πŸ™‚

    Best wishes

    PS: See you on Saturday, and bring a strong liver. ;D

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