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From unemployed to employed!

I was trying very hard to get a government grant last year, but I always got caught amidst bureaucracy and tiny details. My proposal was always refused because it was lacking documents or my second mother's cousin signature. Which is really sad if you stop and think because my proposal was evaluated as "very good" and "solid" (not my words). So I grew tired and now my research is on hold until I am filthy rich and able to survive without the grant. And to be fair, the grant is not big here in Brazil: it's about the double of the minimum wage.

Minimum wage in Brazil = 338 dollars per month

I started looking for a job and I got a call two weeks ago. They were looking for someone to teach English at a fancy Hotel near my town. I got interviewed and one week later I got another call; they wanted to see me in action. I was on probation during the last week and Friday they called me again, this time to tell me that I got the job! Yay! The best part is that I'm going to work only 6 hours per week and I'm going to earn more than the government grant.

So yes, I can say that I'm happy now. Very Happy

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That's amazing Vanilla. Pity that you didn't get the grant however, and yes, can't believe how small the amount is.

Would love your feedback on what English teaching is like. Did you receive any formal training and am curious to know what methods of teaching you are using - i.e. are you using props or any special techniques?
deanhills on Mon May 13, 2013 1:40 pm
Super! If you are working only a few hours a week, maybe you will have time to get those missing signatures, and eventually do the research also! We'd love to hear more details, but don't give away enough info for someone else to use it to get the grant instead of you!
SonLight on Mon May 13, 2013 3:03 pm
Excellent Vanilla! More pay and more free time to continue your research to boot (if you want to that is).
standready on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 am
Excellent! Glad you were able to find something so quickly (though putting research on hold always sucks!)... I've been unemployed since August, with few prospects. Glad you didn't end up in my situation!
Ankhanu on Tue May 14, 2013 2:20 am
Also it's fun teaching. At least for me. I used to teach in an IT institute in weekends. Smile
dude_xyx on Tue May 14, 2013 8:40 am
I know, right? I was doing the math and turns out we earn $2,11 per hour. In the USA, the minimum wage is more than the triple! We follow a textbook specific for hotels, which means that almost everything is about rooms and guests. And that's it. I'm teaching the basics, like numbers and greetings. Until now we're mostly having fun, but we'll have an exam next month. Twisted Evil

The greatest problem is in my curriculum: I've graduated from a Private College. Here in Brazil, Private Colleges are said to be worse than the public ones and when people who evaluate my grant proposal see that I've graduated from a private institution, they tend to deny me the grant. Tis funny because it doesn't matter how good you are, only the place that you've came from. So it doesn't matter that I have excellent grades, a beautiful diploma, specialist degree (which I have, BTW) and a solid proposal. People who came from Public Institutions will receive the grant in my place. I'm tired of waiting and I'm tired of seeing all these people receive special treatment. Evil or Very Mad

Yes, I'm thinking of putting the research on hold for good. Work with research in Brazil is hard and I cannot wait anymore, I need money to survive!

I was looking for a job since last year haha! If you want me to tell you the truth, I was working in a very stressing and underpaid job last year. I know, I was earning some money and all that, but the stress! I was taking care of an old lady and I don't know if any of you have ever worked as a caretaker, but I can say that tis STRESSING. This old lady I used to take care of has Alzheimer's disease and I stayed with her during the night because she didn't sleep. Now imagine having to stay awake all night long while an old lady scream from the top of her lungs nonstop. I don't know, but it might've been better if I was unemployed... Oh yeah, I worked from 6 PM to 8 PM and earned 25$ a day. Razz

Yes, it is! I'm having so much fun because the students really want to learn! I can see the difference and they are excited because they learn something new everyday. And as I result, I'm studying and practicing more so I can teach 'em. Everybody wins!

Thank you for the support, I'm as happy as I could be!
Vanilla on Tue May 14, 2013 11:23 pm
Congrats on the job. Pity they did not give you the grant though.
pauline123 on Wed May 15, 2013 1:56 pm

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