What's your perfect job? Mine would be sitting at my computer and writing each day. Well, since I do that but still have to earn my living, I am now on the eve of attending the TESOL conference. TESOL means thousands of people from all over the world, hundreds of talks, and very few jobs posted. What's always shocked me is how a profession (ESL) that is filled with low salaried jobs holds its yearly conference in pricey hotels with high conference fees.
The last time I went began my Spanish odyssey, first with an interview for a job at ACHNA in Madrid. Gary interviewed me and he was so charming, I immediately took the job though there were others that were higher paying. He was a great director and unfortunately was lost to AIDS.
Madrid was one of those defining moments in my life. Many of the friends I made stayed with me and the job teaching adults English was great with an endless supply of stimulating materials. Madrid itself was fun too but I moved on (and stayed) in a more peaceful Barcelona.
I don't expect any life defining moments at this conference except to reconnect with old friends and look and see if that ever elusive perfect job is out there.
TESOL- teaching English to speakers of other languages