So where was I? Oh yeah, about that job.
Well, remember that interview where I basically professed my love for the male form to my prospective employer? Well, I got the job. And they wanted me to start immediately.
So what exactly do I do? Well... don't laugh ok... I can hear some of my relatives sniggering in the background... how do I say this...
I'm a teacher!
Not just any teacher mind you, I'm an English teacher. Not just any English teacher mind you, I work at an institute and I teach English to foreigners; particularly Brazilians, Cubans, Argentinians, Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, Moroccans, Turkish and various French and Portuguese speaking people from most African countries. The demographics are dynamic. My "students" are mostly professionals i.e. Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers, Economists etc.
And what can I say... other than so far, so good. Many people already know that this is what I've wanted to do for a long time now, and so this opportunity came along at the right time.
It's very different from what I've been accustomed to and it's been very challenging especially since I've been literally thrown in the deep end. What this means is that even though one of my degrees is in English and it's my Mother-tongue, I often have to learn stuff before I teach it. Stuff like deponent verbs and reinforcing that the gerundive is sometimes considered the future passive participle, although it is more of the jussive mood than the future tense. Seriously, WTF?! Now there's a term I know very well.
Anyway, it's been a trying week and I've been swamped with work... having to give lengthy classes, catch up on the previous month's activities and examine the changing face of language education in the technological era blah blah blah... I've been emotionally, mentally and physically drained. And it seems my new employer has some high expectations from me, having literally pushed me into a research project she's working on and having me do a paper, A PAPER, on my findings! Bleh. If only I had so much faith in myself.
So for the past week I've been seriously winging it. Taking it all in my stride. Just going with the flow, swimming along. And I find that even though I'm exhausted and it's been a learning curve of note, the change itself has been an epiphany of sorts. I'm more at ease than I've ever been at work. EVER. It's like a breath of fresh air.
Now excuse me, I have to go and find out what the hell is a Gerund.