Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Please Hire Me

As I sit here, armed with a whole bottle of some South African 2015 Shiraz, I finally feel like have the courage to talk about my personal issues relating to employment.

It has been more than a year since I've moved to Quebec, Canada and I'm still unemployed. Part of the reason was due to work visa delays, but holy hell do I feel discriminated. 

It may be a first world problem, but I've never had an issue with unemployment. The most I've been without a job is like a month and a half. That was Australia though. Thing is, I wasn't picky. Retail sales? Hospitality? Okay. Not the best job in the world but I still got paid and I did my job right. $35,000AUD per annum. Not much, but no problems. (BTW for all you people who live in places who give tips, I didn't get any. 'Cause I did my job, got paid, and only got tips when clients felt my service was great. It is not expected!).

Now, it's not like I've been trying super hard lately, but I've put in about the same effort as I did when I was unemployed in Australia. BUT GODDAMN SON. QUEBEC.

I feel like 95% of the jobs listed requires you to be bilingual. Oi, I'm multilingual, but unfortunately one of them ain't French. Yes, I was naive. When my partner told me we were moving to Canada, I had this image of English, English everywhere and that finding a job as a waitress or sales assistant wouldn't be too hard. Like, I wasn't aiming for a high-end office position or anything. Boy, am I wrong AF.

Do you know how depressing it already is, to apply for jobs in your native language and get denied? Lack of qualifications or experience? Yeah, well add "I can't speak this other language" on as well and see what you get.

Do you know how depressing it is, to be broke and have people ask you if you have "learned French" and how the job search is going?

"Oh, all you need is to learn French!", they say.

First of all, French is NOT by any means, an easy language to learn. The pronunciation and grammar is all over the place (fuck, I mean even native Francophone fails French) and you EXPECT me to be fluent in French, in a professional work environment?! 

Dude, let me tell you that when I did Spanish in high school for two years and even with a more phonetic language, I could write like a broken, simple essay. Could I work with that? HELLA NO!

Like, you guys aren't idiots. You know how hard it is to get a job. Hell, I even applied for a Social Media and Travel Consultant intern-like position at Hopper (Apple's "2015 Best Travel App"), and even with my experience as a travel consultant, I wasn't good enough. A rejection within an hour. Even I was impressed at the rejection turn-around response. 

So, I was like "Fine, fuck it. Obviously not good enough for them". Looked at other job prospective and it just became more, and more, depressed.

Fine, I get that businesses have the right to hire people who have relevant experience but to really single out that you have to be bilingual?! 

Okay, let me just explain. French is hard, and some people can learn it, but I just simply cannot pronounce certain words. I've tried like responding to people to where I used to live before "Contrecoeur" and people just look at me as if I'm retarded. I'll repeat the word several times but to no avail BUT  as soon as my bilingual partner says it, BAM! THEY FUCKING UNDERSTAND. That doesn't boost my confidence in trying AT ALL.

Why don't you take a French class to help? Uh, well. guess for immigrants in my current situation, it's not supported until my "permanent residency comes through". If not, maybe classes. But as with most classes/courses, they require payment. I'm not working and already being carried through life for the past year on a single income and without any health insurance. Do you really think we can afford French classes? And, the vicious cycle continues.

You know what? So much for the immigrant social integration thing 'cause they (Quebec) fucked it up big time. Why can't you let immigrants like myself, who's awaiting permanent residency to take French classes? We're fucking sitting ducks, if not maybe some of us are already taking shitty ass menial jobs which will want us to slit our wrists with a blunt-ass butter knife, take language classes already? I mean, whilst sitting ducks, at least let us do something productive with our time. Like a full-time, free fucking French classes? It's already one of the  highest paying province in Canada! 

Yes, I may sound like a first-world entitled bitch, but some of us, can't actually learn another language at a later age easily. 



Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Online Gaming is Addictive

Oh my fucking god. I know as part of my new year's resolution I mentioned that I would try to blog more! 


I have been busy... with gaming! D: 

Seriously, it's so addictive my boyfriend actually got mad that I spend more time on it than spending time with him.

Over the years, I have obviously heard of MMORPG games like World of Warcraft and League of Legends but I didn't like the aspect that you have to pay a subscription fee in order to play. So, I never actually bothered to search for it. However, one day I stumbled upon a list of games and TERA sounded like something fun. Plus, since I had a Steam account, it was just so easy to download, wait and play!

I downloaded the game on my boyfriend's computer, and upon starting the game, I was impressed with the graphics and game play. As a noob, it was easy to get a hang of things and it didn't take much to get hooked. I took my time leveling up my gunner character to 65, exploring and doing quite a lot of side quests along the way.

The only downside I had during that time, was finding people to play with (the two guilds I had joined did not have enough members online daily), and soloing quests on your own can get quite lonely & boring. However, I had luck on my side and joined a social guild :3 *byebyereallifeactivities*

For me, joining a guild was a game changer, especially a guild who uses Discord. It's a nice change to have people to talk to (to make up for almost a year of almost no social life). :D

Wait, did I forget to mention that it's free-to-play? They also have an in-game trade broker which allow players to sell/trade/buy items using in-game currency for items that might require real $. For example, since I didn't subscribe to an Elite account (optional), I could purchase a 30-day Elite scroll with the in-game currency I had.

Overall, I must say I was impressed (though I am quite disappointed with the latest patch, which got rid of an easy way to farm for gold) and it's definitely a game worth checking out!