6.26.2007

i can't do it

I'm sure this comes as no surprise. In the freedom vs security dilemma, I've chosen freedom.

I had a good first interview with HR, and they scheduled a second interview with the department supervisor, and extensive testing. It seems like LFF would be a good employer, and that they might offer me a decent full-time job... if one wanted such a thing.

I just can't do it, not while I still have other options.

I'm cancelling the second interview.

Meanwhile, I thought of another option for September: tutoring. There are several Mississauga companies that offer ESL classes, tutoring and other educational help. I'm not qualified to teach ESL, but I have a lot of tutoring experience, and I enjoy it.

Onward.

9 comments:

Woti-woti said...

Since I had to re-invent my self at 45, I commend your ability to sort the wheat from the chaff. You're in it for the long haul. Re: your qualifications, I suggest you check out what's being offered at whatever Community College is closest to you. Our local one, St. Lawrence, has some amazing night courses that can lead to qualifications to teach adult ed., ESL, all sorts of neat stuff. (Plus their mid-Sept. start doesn't interfere THAT much with pennant races and post-season play).

L-girl said...

Woti, thank you so much.

I've reinvented myself at least twice already. I didn't expect to be doing so again at 46, but life doesn't always ask us first, does it?

You know, I have a little experience tutoring in adult ed and ESL. I'd love to get certified for it, but I assumed that would mean an entire graduate degree. If it would be something I could add on to my BA in English, that would be really cool.

I'll be trying to get the notetaking scheme off the ground in September, so perhaps I would look at this for a spring start. Or maybe, if it's very easily done, I might just do it for the fall.

In any case, I appreciate your perspective, encouragement and help. Reports to follow, as always!

M@ said...

Good for you for making this decision. You're rejecting the easy way out, and I know how hard that is when you're unemployed. I'm sure you're better off this way though!

i.p. pavlova said...

I admire your dedication to attaining the life that you want. That's obviously hard to do in the face of financial instability and most people end up losing that battle without putting up much of a fight. As for the ESL stuff, you should check out potential employers (language schools, etc.) and see what kind of qualifications they are specifically looking for. Most community colleges and the like require a master's in TESOL, but other private tutoring/language schools often only require a certificate. I got a TEFL (same as TESOL) certificate some years back when I was teaching in Prague, and I could have easily gotten work in similar schools when I came back to the US. The TEFL only took four weeks (full-time) and wasn't that expensive. Plus, if you do start teaching ESL you'll find that many of your students will want private lessons or know plenty of other people who do, which tends to be pretty lucrative. Anyway, good luck!

L-girl said...

M@ and IPP, thank you for the encouragement.

Your words remind me that I've always worked hard to create a life I wanted, and this recent bump in the road should be no exception.

IPP, thank you *so* much for the TESOL/ESL info. This could be a whole new avenue of potential income for me. I really enjoyed my experience as an adult ed teacher. I'm going to investigate further.

i.p. pavlova said...

I'm glad I could help. There's always a lot of work in that field, and I imagine this would be especially true in the Toronto area. With your background in writing and editing you could also potentially work on developing ESL materials or getting into educational publishing. I was always surprised by some of the opportunities that came my way simply because I happened to be teaching English--everything from proofreading translations of brochures and other business docs to teaching GMAT classes to private students. You never know!

L-girl said...

IPP, as a matter of fact, I have some experience writing educational materials. For now, the tutoring seems like a great option, and who knows where it could lead. Thanks so much.

Bryan said...

Hey if you are looking to become a tutor you should try Tutorz.com to network your tutoring services. The best this about this service is its free. This is a great tool to help students and parents find you for the ESL help they need. Good Luck...

L-girl said...

Not sure if that comment is spam, but the site does not service Canada.