First Day with Mail Call – Sydney CBD, NSW

First training day as a courier in training with Mail Call. The training was comprised of shadowing an experienced courier, Pete, and the experience is insane. The training is sink or swim and starts the second you meet up with the experienced pushie. Being a new guy, I think I got some special treatment to see what I’m made of. Everything was a constant blur and keeping up with Pete was a challenge. The physical aspects were not a problem, but I still need to get a better grip on where everything is located. After shadowing Pete, I got a written test that involved locating different places in Sydney and answering questions like: “What floor is the mail room for KPMG at 10 Sussex street?”. Luckily, I got a call from home base offering me to come in on Monday and start as a permanent courier.

Mail Call Courier

On Monday, I began a part time job helping put up Christmas decorations in Westfield Centre’s. The job starts at 5:30 P.M. and goes into the early morning. The night started with unpacking and moving all the boxes of decorations out of a storage room and into a main area in the mall. This included hauling all the decorations to put up a three story artificial Christmas tree. After unpacking, others and I were transitioned to checking strands of Christmas tree lights and removing strands that were broken from the trees they were attached to. Others helped fluff the branches of the artificial Christmas tree before they were attached. After removing the broken strands from about six wall trees, an Aussie and I lucked out and got the duty of moving all the empty boxes back into storage. We did this for the rest of the night, had a great time doing it, and next thing we knew it was time to go home. I got a call today asking me to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at a local Westfield. I signed on for Friday and Saturday and am looking forward to it. My apartment neighbor, Rob, is a promoter for a party organizer and has got me on the guest list for a party after Saturday’s work. Monday, I will sign with Mail Call.

Westfield Decorations

3 replies on “First Day with Mail Call – Sydney CBD, NSW”

Hey Darran!

Just wanted to let you know that I am following your blog and love it! I am living vicariously through your adventures. I don’t know if you remember me but we worked together at your last job.

How is the job hunt going? I have a couple of friends in Sydney who may be able to help. They work at Vignette Australia.

Keep us posted!

Of course I remember. You were in technical writing, but might be doing something different these days? What are you doing these days?

The job hunt is going well. I have a part time and start a full on Monday. A buddy of mine also has some remote work in the states making a website and email management system.

I like your realism with handling men’s desire to watch sport.

I remember my first day with “the call” way back in 2001.

Took quite a tumble on pitt st as I remember.The guy I was shadowing (346??) was really testing me out.

Six months later I had my own shadow.wahey…I took it easy on him though as I remeberd the stress of my first day.Oh to the days!!!

How I grew to hate the burb’ runs….


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