As second term reports are round the corner, I've been burning the midnight oil all this week in order to meet deadlines and finish my marking before April 15. "Why worry about deadlines? After all, you are your own boss!", friends and family often remark. The truth is I don't always understand them. Since I started running my own language school back in 1997, I've realised that nothing really changed compared to working for other schools.
The work has to be done. Ah right! I'm only called to account for myself but, then again, I find that myself as a boss is much more demanding than any boss I've ever had in my teaching career. One of the many reasons why I declined a job offer in public schools is because I had a very different idea of teaching English and French as foreign languages and my idea did not comply with theirs.
I don't employ other teachers apart from myself, so all the responsibility is mine. Nor do I aspire to make big money. My greatest satisfaction lies in my students' success. Believe me, it's very rewarding! Job satisfaction is an important element of individual well being. To me, salary is not as important as enjoyment at the workplace which, in turn , brings happiness. Surely, money is important. However, money doesn't make happiness, it may just as well contribute to it.