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February: New Job, New Projects, New Challenges

Hello everyone! Long time no see.

So…in case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t blogged for about 3 weeks. THREE. WEEKS. I’ve heard a lot of people saying it, but how is it possible that January lasted about 3 months and February was over in about 3 minutes?! I realised about a week ago that I’d just lost 2 weeks of my life with virtually nothing to show for it, and almost no recollection of having done anything.

Although I kind of use my blog as a record of my productivity, it’s not entirely accurate. I feel as though I haven’t done anything this month because I haven’t updated my blog, but I’ve actually started my new job and got to work on a travel writing course/project, so although I have done a fair amount of sitting in bed and staring into space, I’ve not been entirely idle.  (I’ve also got 11 drafts for blog posts saved, but they’re all at most half-written.)

 

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Anyway, since today is the start of a new week, I’m trying to get a few things ticked off my to-do list – starting with updating my blog, even though this post will just be a short life update. I think it’s sometimes necessary to just write something, anything, to get back into the habit of writing.

Firstly, my new job. I’m working as an online ESL teacher, and so far, it’s going much, much better than school teaching. It’s (unbelievably) easy, well paid and I can pick and choose my own timetable. I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing this sooner. I would definitely recommend looking into online teaching to anyone who wants to work from home and have flexible hours. It’s probably not going to make you incredibly rich, but it would be a good way to make a bit of money to get by or bring in a bit of extra income. I earn $10 an hour, but I know some companies pay more. It’s also kind of fun – I mean, it’s still work, but it’s basically having a casual conversation and occasionally correcting some English errors.

Now, onto the more exciting news. I’m studying/working as part of GoAbroad’s Writer’s Academy Spring 2018 Cohort, which means I’m getting some really useful travel writing tuition and getting my articles published on a pretty popular travel website! Well, I will be once my pieces are all edited and ready for publication 🙂 I’m being given titles to research and write about (great for my serious lack of original ideas) and am working with the GoAbroad editors to brush up on things like SEO and branding. It’s not paid work, which is what I really want, but this course will teach me some of the skills that I really need to be employable and may well lead to a job in the future.

So, that’s where I am at the moment and the reasons (read: excuses) for why I haven’t updated my blog. The truth is, of course, I’ve just had absolutely no ideas or motivation to write about anything, but at least I haven’t spent 100% of my time watching Netflix. I’ll get back to writing this week!

Thanks for reading!

Featured image from Instagram @AllWriteByMe

 

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3 comments

  1. Hi! Lovely to see you back and writing. I was just wondering what company you do your online teaching with and if you have any advice on finding this kind of work? You seem to have had a very positive experience, a lot of the things I hear are very mixed!

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I work for a company called Bibo. I also saw mixed reviews online but so far, my experience has definitely been positive! There were a lot of hoops to jump through at first, but now that I’ve started teaching, it’s going smoothly. When I was looking I literally just googled ‘teach English online’ or ‘online English teaching jobs’ and suchlike and sent my CV to a load of companies. There’s a lot of demand for this kind of thing, especially in East-Asian online schools. I did a couple of interviews and demo classes over Skype and got a few offers, then chose the one with the most flexible schedule 🙂 Some companies ask you for teaching experience or a TEFL certificate, some just need a bachelor’s degree and some don’t need any qualification, just English fluency. I hope this was helpful!

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