I must confess: I have been doing a LOT of complaining about my job lately. It is an easy rut to fall into, but it is also a very dangerous place to be. Here’s the background: it is the final month of summer, enrollment is low, and as a result I have been spending most of my working hours doing academic admin rather than teaching. It’s a bummer, and as a result I am finding it very easy to drift into boredom and self-pity these days. So I am making a conscious decision to snap out of it: NOW! One thing that always helps when I feel the need to push the reset button on my day is making a gratitude list. Here it is, a list of the reasons I am grateful for my job and the opportunities that it provides.
Even though I am not teaching as much as I’d like to be, all the work I do ultimately leads back to creating a better learning experience for our students, and that is always the #1 most important goal as well as the greatest pay-off.
2. Developing my own skills
Whether it is teaching, lesson planning, curriculum development, or some seemingly boring and useless administrative task, I am building my skill set and making myself a more valuable employee and human being.
3. My own education
This job has allowed me to continue with my own education; as a result I am only a semester away from earning my MATESOL!
4. Getting organized
Spending this time working on the admin side of a school, I have gained a huge appreciation for organization, standardization and systems. Things run so much more smoothly when everything is in its place; not only am I getting to practice doing this myself, but I have also gained a huge appreciation for our regular admin staff and the importance of the work that they do.
5. A paycheck
Lets be honest, I don’t think anyone goes into the ESL field for the incredible financial opportunities, and I am no exception. I do this because I love it, plain and simple, However, a girls gotta eat, and at the end of the day this job gives me an opportunity to suit up and show up, be a worker among workers, and pay the bills. What more could I ask for?
There are countless other reasons for which I am grateful for my job and the work that I do, but I am going to keep it short and sweet, so that I can get back to work! What do you think? What have I missed? What are the things that make you feel grateful for your job?