I’ve been thinking about my career path recently.

My current job has taught me a lot of skills over the past year. I teach people of all ages (18 months to 70 years) and English levels, which requires a lot of flexibility. I conduct interviews with potential clients and promote our company’s textbooks, which tests my sales techniques. I manage difficult situations with coworkers (ask me about it on a private platform sometime), which requires patience and the development of a thick skin.

Although it’s been great, I think I’ve learned all I can from it.

Although I’ve learned all I can from it, I just renewed my contract to stay for another 8 months.

There are a lot of reasons for this, and they’re good enough that I don’t regret my decision.

One reason is that I am comfortable. Even though there are a lot of things I dislike about my current job, there are also some things that I love. My students are great, and seeing them grow is wonderful. The apartment I live in is provided by my company, and I can walk to work in about 15 minutes. I have my weekly wardrobe figured out, and I know exactly what is expected of me 9 hours a day, 5 days a week.

But comfort alone is not a good enough reason to stay, because you’ll never grow if you live like that.

The second reason is timing. Staying 8 more months means that I will be leaving at the same time as my high school seniors graduate. The end of a school year is a natural conclusion for my relationship with those students, and the beginning of a school year is the perfect time to look for another job if I stay in the field of education. Also, I’ll be giving COVID-19 a little more time to run its course. While I do think the pandemic changed things in ways that will never go “back to normal,” I’m sure many things will be easier to manage after the world has been dealing with it for a year.

Third, my schedule combined with COVID-19 has created the perfect storm for side projects and personal growth. Since I get out of work between 9 and 9:30, there’s not much entertainment to be had outside of nightlife like bars and karaoke. Since those are high-risk activities these days, there’s not much to do besides go home and study something new. Even though I think I’ve learned all I can from this job, it doesn’t mean I’ve learned all I can while I have this job.

All that said, I’m feeling a mixture of excitement and nervousness. On one hand, I’m feeling good about improving at Japanese and dabbling in SQL and Python. On the other hand, I feel like I’m back at post-college square one. If my next job isn’t in English education, then what new path should I take?

P.S. Since it looks like I’ll still be here for a while, come visit me as soon as Japan starts accepting people from other countries again 🙂

8 thoughts on “cOnTrAcT

  1. That’s great insight Ali & I’ve enjoyed following your journey. What an amazing experience and so glad that your are enjoying it & having so much success. Love ya!

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  2. I am very happy for you. I’m glad that you are enjoying your time in Japan. I must say we miss you terribly, and hope to see you soon. It was good to see you posting again, and hope you have time to make it more frequent. Love you Ali we miss you

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  3. Really good to hear from you Ali! Sounds like very good reasons to stay in Japan a little longer, though we all miss you! Take care of yourself – learn all you can and we’ll see you when you return home. As much as I’m missing traveling, I doubt an oversees trip is in the cards for us. Love you!

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  4. Not sure how I feel about this Ali. I was already looking forward to see you in January but now here, what? Extending for another 8 months? I don’t know why I think you’re still that little girl. You’ve grown and matured so fast and I guess now, you could make your own decisions. You know exactly what’s best for you. Will support you and wish you the best!

    Keep on posting, please. Be safe and always remember that we love you.


  5. Dearest Granddaughter, thanks for posting again. Sorry to hear you are extending, but you have good reasons that seem to be logical for you in this time.
    We miss you very much, will be happy to see you whenever you get here. Stay safe. Hope you make it to the beach this week!!
    Love you much❤️


  6. So good to see your posts!! 🥰😘
    Glad you’re having a good time living in japan—we are so proud of you and happy for you!! Miss you every day but thank goodness for FaceTime so you don’t seem so far away!! Love you lots!🤗😍


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