Money is a black magic spell.
Hey, at least you stopped and thought about what parts of yourself are worth commodifying. Nothing wrong with 'selling yourself' - everyone does when they get a job. But it feels like oftentimes people are discouraged from considering the boundaries. "Sell it if ya got it!" Some things are worth holding onto for yourself. Other times there must be some compromises.
The thing is this pays frighteningly well for a skill I think is silly and trivial— knowing English. God above knows my grammar can be horrendous but a 300% increase over my old desk job salary (given I put in the hours— the job is paid per class taught) honestly popped my jaw off.
Oh. The job will be teaching kids how to speak English over the interwebz. I just think the rate is incredible in all senses of the word. Of course per the standards of USA and Europe the pay is potatoes, but this is well above mean salary in my area. Fuck.
Take the opportunity and run with it!
If I land it. I'm not so much knocking on wood as I am turning it into sawdust at the moment.
Mmm, I see I misunderstood. But I think I get it now haha. That feeling when you work towards something and get attached to doing it only to have something fall in your lap that makes it seem obsolete.
Kind of in a similar boat. My current job pays significantly better than the one I was certified for and the work is less skilled. Still glad I have my HVAC and some experience in it - still part of this job and while I will always have that, I will not always have this opportunity. For now I just think "Nice gig."
My major is in clinical psychology and frankly, I got into the field because I'm pretty fucked in the head and know that there are loads of people who may need help there too cuz the world doesn't take mental health seriously enough (or overcompensates by using mental health as an excuse for bad behaviour).
It's more or less a passion thing? And probably to help me sleep better at night because I know how bad days where there's no overt cause can feel like hell.
But then the current job is as an independent contractor so I'm pretty free to pursue other things.... RIP sleep though.
Hah! Essential skill, never mind that it may *seem* less skilled in a sense. Perhaps it's a matter of weighing relative needs and abilities that some take as a matter of fact being in high demand for others.
Kinda like a point LetMeBeFrank brought up a bit ago about how vocational careers are horribly disrespected.
There's no harm in making some cash, buying some audio equipment, saving a bit. I wouldn't run down the skills, though: speaking English well is different to writing it, and teaching is something else. I can correct non-native speakers' mistakes, but I've always said no to teaching: I wouldn't know where to start.
Medical practice is well paid in the end, right? And you are doing your bit to help save the world.
One nice perk about this job is that the bar seems subterranean almost. Now I'm hardly a proficient communicator on the forum since I don't always proofread before posting (sorry), but holy light above the premade modules and lesson plans (another perk, that)? Yeah they need heavy edits.
Who knows, maybe I can negotiate a bonus for correcting all the typos and horrendous Engrish on their site and educational materials. Seems like that'd be SIGNIFICANTLY more difficult than just teaching though.
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