Our move to the Maritimes was intended to be a temporary stopover while Sir James, master of the pan flute studied history at the university and I began my career as a Psychometrist. I was ready willing and able to jump into a job working with kids, in a counselling and assessment kind of environment.
The first year was difficult in many ways, but it also helped solidify our relationship and subsequent marriage because we were all we had. We were on our own figuring it out. Though I surely didn't know it at the time, our first year finding our way was also a year of learning many lessons which ended up being the foundation of a career path I had no idea I would end up on. Looking back on it now? It makes me shake my head in wonder.
I had never had a tough time finding employment in the past, so consequently wasn't prepared for the struggles I found landing something in my field or at least something which paid the bills. Not knowing a soul, every call I made while walking the employment beat was a cold call.
Many days I felt like I had shed another layer of skin as I continued to build a network while taking any jobs thrown my way. I tried to look at every job as a chance to meet others who may be able to point me in the right direction. Our timing with respect to the launch of my career couldn't have been worse given that we had just moved into a "two horse" town --government and university. If you didn't work for one, you worked for the other. Unfortunately, we arrived right in the middle of a provincial election which ended in the McKenna Liberals not only winning but annilating the incumbent Tories by winning every seat. Frank McKenna's first order of business? He froze all civil service hirings with the plan to review all programs and services to see what could be cut.