So I got a call today, from BCAS Victoria Island Human Resources. A friendly voice greeted me over the phone and said they have received my application which was forwarded to them by the Lower Mainland HR and that she had a couple of questions for me. She asked me when my exams (for licensing) are, when I’d get my EMR license and when I’d get my class 4 drivers license, I told her if everything goes smoothly I should have it all by the end of August. Then she asked me which locations I’d prefer to work in: Pender Island, Mayne Island, or Galiano Island. I asked if I had any other choices and she said no, those were the only ones I got to choose from. Of the three I told her I’d prefer Pender Island because it had the highest call volume compared to the other two. Commuting on the ferries though, would be another issue.
Now that got me thinking if that’s a good place to start. I was hoping for a station that had higher call volumes. According to the statistics my friend gave me which was back in 2005/2006. Pender had a 245 responses per year, while Mayne came to 163 and Gailano with 178. At the moment it looks like I won’t have any luck getting into a rural station with >500 calls/yr. However I did consider Bowen Island an option which had 262 calls/yr, not far off from Pender. Difference is that the commute time is shorter with less transfers. The interior of course offered more options, but driving through the thick snow in winter would be a problem for me.
I know I’m thinking too far ahead, it’s not like that was a job offer or an interview. I have to focus on my exams first. But that phone call just got me thinking: What’s the best station to start off in? Should I just get my foot through the door? Should I base it on call volume? Should I sit around and wait for a better offer? Will a better offer come up, or should my priority be gaining seniority and waiting out my probationary period?
The answer? At the moment…No Idea.