The Midway Point

Six months down and six months to go.

Sometimes it feels like we’ve been living in Chile for a long time, but when I’m busy teaching the time flies. Either way, I know July will be here in the blink of an eye.

That being said, I have been kicking around different ideas about my future vocational possibilities.

Having worked in education for eight years now, it might feel odd to not work in a classroom when we get home. Then again, with all the doom and gloom in education, that odd feeling might turn a little more into something like “this is pretty good.”

Heaven knows, I’ll never be a rich man as a teacher — not that that is a goal of mine. However, after having lived with financial struggles and limitations in Chile, I’m not interested in returning home so I can struggle some more.

I have looked at varying job fields, including corporate educator/trainer positions and possiblities in journalism, too. Of course, I’m looking at teaching jobs, too — but those won’t start appearing for another month or two.

All-in-all, it would just be nice to work for a well-established company or institution that pays its employees well and treats them well — and in return the company receives a high-quality product, service, or good. Admittedly, I was pretty jealous of Google’s employees after looking at its jobs Web site in preparation for a lesson plan for one of my classes. Who wouldn’t want a free lunch and massage therapy available at work?

Appreciation is the best motivation, so we’ve created a fun and inspiring workspace you’ll be glad to be a part of, including on-site doctor; massage and yoga; professional development opportunities; shoreline running trails; and plenty of snacks to get you through the day.

— From http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/lifeatgoogle/toptenreasons/

A promotional video confirms it:

*Sigh.* Nonetheless, I’ll be combing the jobs Web sites for the next several months before we return home. I hope and pray the exact right opportunity presents itself.

If anyone out there knows about any job openings in and around Springfield, I would definitely appreciate hearing about them.

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