Oh So Bittersweet
The teacher life was an interesting experience while it lasted, but it was finally time to move on. There are of course elements and particular parts of my teaching experience that I will always love i.e. seeing those lightbulb moments on students’ faces, helping eager students progress toward their goals, sharing ideas of personal development & education.
However, it was ultimately the uninspiring environment (unproductive meetings, monotonous non-teaching related tasks, etc.), subpar working conditions (low pay, job instability, regular six-day-weeks, overtime, etc.), and inability to pursue my real passions that steered me clear of continuing on with the English teaching path.
After a little over six and a half years of teaching English in Japan (also the exact amount of time I’ve lived here), I made the change into a career I never knew I always wanted.