If you’ve read about Who is the Tax Chic, you’ll know that I spent some time living in Alice Springs (AKA…The Outback) early in my accounting career.
As I was graduating from University, our country was still recovering from the recession and full time graduate accounting roles were not exactly abundant.
I remember receiving the phone call to say I had the job in Alice Springs and ringing my Mum to tell her…I was in tears (both joyful at having my first job… and distressed at having to move so far away from home), needless to say we were both in tears after I gave her my news.
Nevertheless the whole family packed my belongings into our two cars and off we set.
Little did I know, the experiences I had would stay with me for a lifetime – back in those days there were no speed limits in the Outback…so travelling to conduct audit work from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek (approx. 510kms) took no time at all – and on one occasion we worked out that it was cheaper to charter a mail plane to fly me to Docker River (near the Western Australia border), and return me on the same day, than it was to have me out of the office for a full three days (the amount of time it would have taken for a return driving trip)…all so I could count some things!
You certainly don’t get these experiences in “the city”.
To anyone contemplating a change of environment, be it a sea change, a tree change or a desert change…have a go! You can always come back if it doesn’t work out how you expect!