I have been keeping my previous job a hush-hush, not because it would endanger our national security (maybe it could), but to some extent because it was against the code of conduct to openly talk about work-related stuff. That's why one fellow officer's wife wrote in to the newspaper to shed light on her husband's job. They didn't say the spouse cannot talk about the job. :P
an education officer with the education service. More commonly known as "teacher", but I prefer the official name cos "teacher" sounds like you are there to teach people a lesson. Also referred to as "educator", which I don't like too, it makes people sound uneducated. Sharing of knowledge is what I prefer.
Let's be blatantly honest. It wasn't my first choice as a career.
I reported to work before my reporting date, cos there was a staff meeting before the school term began. Overwhelming I would say, with lots of strange terms like TLLM (teach less learn more), TSLN (thinking school learning nation), cockpit, strategic thrust... urgh.
And so began my time as a teacher. There is this unspoken 20-80 rule. 20% teaching, 80% miscellaneous. People always think that teachers only work half-day, which is very untrue. No doubt proper lessons are in the morning, but in the afternoon there are remedial lessons, co-curriculum activities, ad-hoc meetings, administrative stuff, etc. You have to mark assignments, plan for lessons, set test and exam papers... I had to bring work home to mark till the night, and sometimes my weekends were burned too. Oh, did I forget to mention the rehearsals for performances, bringing students to competitions, and organizing events? Barely a few months into the job and I was one of the I/Cs of a national competition! Man, they really see me up
Sleepless nights were common, your mind was always on work (I especially remember I never had a peaceful shower time), and I lost 5kg since I started work. Mental breakdown wasn't unheard of.
It came to a point when the organization made me decide my fate for the next 4 years. So I decided to do some justice for myself. I shocked the big boss, among other colleagues. I guess not say I was doing a good
job, but I was doing my job. On my last day of work one shocked senior said I have that "teacher mode" that can make a positive influence on students. A few others said I have that teacher look. *shrug* Doesn't matter if I become like a POW.
So that's my previous job. Mystery solved?
(disclaimer: I am not bashing anyone or any organization here in this post, maybe it helps if people appreciate the teaching profession more)
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