During my stage year, when I was—let’s face it—very unhappy at work, I used to look at people in any job other than mine and wonder if they were happier than I was. The server at the local bar, the info desk woman at school, the delivery man, the butcher… I sincerely reflected on these people’s happiness in their work day. Now that going to work isn’t so depressing anymore, it’s becoming more obvious why teaching is not such a bad gig. Here is my list of obvious and not-so-obvious reasons.
- It’s work I believe in.
- There’s a lot of creativity permitted and even encouraged.
- There are no uniforms involved. I can dress how I want, within reason.
- It’s never boring.
- There are no odd hours. Or at least, you manage your odd hours the way you want.
- There’s no profit margin pressure involved.
- There are no weird smells that I carry home with me.
- It doesn’t damage my back or my skin.
- I’m not stuck behind a desk eight hours a day.
- No one’s life is in my hands.
- I’m hardly ever alone.
Got any others? Or any odd reasons why your job is a good one?