According to The Australian Financial Review, across Australia, a generation of 20- and 30-year-olds – many of whom turned their back on their rural upbringing in favour of high-flying and well-paid jobs in the "big smoke" – are reconsidering their priorities and rethinking their futures.
The glittering lights, skyscrapers and bustling bars and cafes of Sydney and Melbourne have lost their lustre during the pandemic, as corporate jobs have disappeared or been banished to the home office and kitchen table.
With KPMG looking to permanently change the way its staff are so centralised, moving instead to multi-hubs and more flexible work-from-home arrangements, Gubbins who trained as a lawyer and now works with KPMG’s food and agribusiness sector is hopeful her “escape to the country” can become permanent.
“It’s going to take a bit of figuring out what works now. I don’t think I need to be back in head office all the time and KPMG has been very supportive; we are talking about a hybrid model for the future.
“I’d like to stay and live regional, travelling interstate to meet clients as I do now and with the option of going into Melbourne head office when required."
Gubbins says coronavirus has catalysed her close cohort – many of whom she grew up with in western Victoria and who all moved into corporate jobs in Melbourne – to take stock, stand still and rethink values. One friend has quit her landscaping architecture job in Melbourne and shifted back to her regional hometown of Hamilton to start a gardening business.
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