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Australia Couple's career rethink thanks to Victoria's COVID-19 lockdowns

06:13  24 june  2021
06:13  24 june  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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If it were not for Victoria ' s lockdowns , Josh Murtagh and his fiancee, Mikayla Parker, would not be travelling across Australia in a caravan right now. The two are among the latest to join the digital nomad movement, a way of working and a lifestyle they chose specifically because it offered more certainty and security during a global pandemic than their former careers . For more than six years, Josh Murtagh ran his own massage business from home in Mildura. Last year, during the state' s first lockdown , instead of preparing for clients, the 30-year-old was on the couch in his dressing gown, struggling with

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If it were not for Victoria's lockdowns, Josh Murtagh and his fiancee, Mikayla Parker, would not be travelling across Australia in a caravan right now.

The two are among the latest to join the digital nomad movement, a way of working and a lifestyle they chose specifically because it offered more certainty and security during a global pandemic than their former careers.

For more than six years, Josh Murtagh ran his own massage business from home in Mildura.

Last year, during the state's first lockdown, instead of preparing for clients, the 30-year-old was on the couch in his dressing gown, struggling with his mental health and the fact he could no longer provide as the main breadwinner.

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"It's just that feeling of going from my business being very successful and being really proud of what I built there to all of a sudden watching the news and the next morning you're applying for Centrelink and not going to work," Mr Murtagh says.

He says it was at this moment that he and Ms Parker decided to start a side hustle.

"I was … always the one being that hard worker and bringing home the goods," he says.

"Just having that change overnight, and to hear it on the news, didn't sit well for me at all, and that's when I promised myself that I would never let that happen again with my financial situation."

The former massage therapist, who sold his house a month ago to go on this caravan trip, now makes money through an online business and marketing it on social media. The couple has about 22,000 followers.

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Last week, on the banks of the Waterhouse River in the tiny town of Mataranka in the Northern Territory, Mr Murtagh was typing away on this laptop for work with a freshwater crocodile just 50 metres away from his fold-away table.

The couple free-camp as much as they can so they can have these sorts of unique experiences. The downside, they say, is the lack of phone reception as they tether to the often weak internet from their mobiles.

There is no itinerary or place they need to be.

"I don't even know where we're staying tonight," Mr Murtagh says.

Today, they are in the Kimberley, but they say they might soon start their journey toward the Indian Ocean and down the coast of Western Australia.

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During these lockdowns, people have been restricted to just a handful of reasons to leave the house, such as caregiving, essential work, exercise, and shopping for food and supplies.

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MADEC Mildura's director of employment services, Stacey Fush, says the pandemic has caused job seekers to think more carefully about what careers or employment they want to pursue.

"What we've seen as part of COVID is people looking at what they want to do, what their work-life balance is, and making changes that reflect that," Ms Fush says.

She says casual employees have been more willing to change jobs because they have been some of the hardest hit when businesses were forced to close.

"We're seeing a lot of impact, particularly in the hospitality sector," she says.

"People are looking at what careers are more stable at the moment, what are the growth industries, and we're seeing a lot of people seeking out opportunities to retrain and redevelop in other areas, particularly around aged care, which is the biggest growth area that we've seen."

Asked what advice she has for anyone thinking about a job change, Ms Fush says people should make note of their transferable skills, see how they fit in other industries, and then assess what opportunities exist for upskilling.

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Callam Pickering, an economist with job search service Indeed, says throughout the pandemic many job seekers have been searching for work that offers protection from lockdown.

"There has been more search activity around jobs that can be performed remotely or for areas that haven't been impacted by restrictions," Mr Pickering says.

On a national scale, he says job seekers have overall remained "a little cautious" about changing jobs.

"While there is a huge number of opportunities available, many job seekers are preferring the security of their existing job rather than taking on a new opportunity," he says.

"Job seekers have been a little slow to realise how favourable the job market has become.

"The most recent lockdown is also too recent for us to really get a sense of any lasting impact. Other short-term lockdowns, including the February one for Victoria, had no meaningful impact on job trends or hiring."

He says Indeed figures show Australian job postings are well above pre-pandemic numbers.

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