It’s now almost four months since I’ve returned from a long period abroad. It’s been great to be back. I thought readjusting to life in America would be difficult but it hasn’t been so bad.
I was unemployed for about three weeks and then got a job doing sales at a language school, which only lasted one week. This job did not pay me anything nor did it really seem like there was potential in it. It was sort of a depressing week – I was really pumped to start a new job doing sales. I thought it would be a good opportunity but there were no leads and ended up being really discouraged. But I quit, which was empowering, and two days later found another job.
The other job I got was as an ESL teacher at a language school in Midtown – I mostly teach Western European young adults. It’s different from my previous teaching Korean elementary school students – a lot more conversation and a lot less in-class discipline. It was difficult at first but now I have the hang of it. It’s a decent job, but the hours come and go with the enrollment levels, so the job lacks a sense of permanence, which maybe is a good thing.
I was hoping that I’d fall in to something interesting and be able to start a serious career doing something but I’m still uncertain about which course to take and find myself in a holding pattern. It’s not so terrible, but I’d like to get moving on something. I don’t really know how one goes about figuring this thing out – I’d like to try out some more jobs. What jobs? How will I get them? I don’t know. I don’t know.