After my first full week working from home and despite the feeling that the days have blurred into one, several events have occurred.
Firstly, my girlfriend’s parents were able to get on one of the last flights to Australia. They had planned to stay in Europe for a couple of months and travel around. Upon the closing of various borders, we thought that we would go to touring the UK. Now after the country largely closing down, we thought it best for them to return home while they still could. Thanks to my girlfriend’s sister working in the travel industry, she got them a spot on a flight back. It turned out to be the last Emirates Airline flight back to Melbourne! Lucky indeed. They now must stay in quarantine at home for 14 days.
Secondly, my girlfriend’s company has put her on notice as they may not survive the crisis. Terrible news really as she had only been working there since January. They are paying for her to do a post-graduate diploma for the job. It would be a terrible shame if all the hard work failed to pay off.
Thirdly, my company sent out a letter saying they might have to lay off staff too. As I work in construction, it is often the first industry to go. I was expecting this to some extent but it never makes it easy. I am optimistic that my project is going to continue, but it could change very quickly.
Lucky for both of us that we have a combined emergency fund of about £15,000. We should be able to weather the coming storm even if we both lose our jobs. There is of course anxiety that we will catch the dreaded bug, but we are being as careful as we can and only going out for food and exercise.
It’s been a strange week for sure and I’m aware that everyone is experiencing a difficult time and many are much worse off than myself. It is a true emergency and I’m glad I now have an emergency fund even if I thought I’d be using it for a much less serious situation. If this had happened last year, I would be in a different place for sure. For now, due to the high chance that I could lose my job, I will save as much as I can into my savings account. Cash is king! Stay safe everyone.