You know how everyone always says life lessons make you grow as a person? Yeah, well, what they don’t say is that before you can look back on things as with positive perspective, things kinda suck.
I have just realized over the past two weeks that I’ve really screwed up my job planning here in Istanbul. And I’m not really thrilled about it, even though I’m confident something good will come along.
Before arriving, I had read in countless places that it was EASY for a native English speaker to get a job here. You can’t throw a rock without hitting a language school. And they are always hiring, and usually a college degree is qualification enough. So, I wasn’t worried at all. But upon arrival, people in the know all told me to stay as far away from the language schools as possible; the hours were terrible, the pay was dismal, they treated you badly, etc.
So, I thought, I’ll go my own way. I started to pick up some private clients, which was great. And then I was referred to a man who runs a language consultancy business. I had an “audition” week and feedback was great. The job looked ideal – I’d make good money working 25-30 hours a week, my schedule could be flexible, and I’d be teaching adults, which I think I’m good at. I was promised that after Ramazan, I’d start full-time (fasting and learning do not mix). In the interim, I’ve had a lot of down time, but didn’t try to find any new private clients, so I’d be sure to have plenty of time to give priority to this opportunity. Well, Ramazan has been over for several weeks, and I can’t get the boss to give me the time of day.
So, boo to him for false promises, and a big, fat boo to me for trusting him. And now, I have just a few private clients, and no source of dependable income. Sigh.
But, I’m doing something about it. I’m getting a teacher certification called the TEFL (Teaching English to Foreign Languages). It’s a 120-hour online course. I’m waist-deep in it right now, with verb tenses swimming in my head. This certificate will qualify me to teach at a private school. Problem is, school is starting now, and most have all the teachers they need. However, I’ve been assured that after a month or two, teachers will decide teaching isn’t for them, Turkey isn’t for them, that school isn’t for them. So, I’m hoping to swoop in on one of those opportunities! Wish me luck.
And now, back to the past tenses…..