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I love my job!

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AngelaE-Olano

As far as my week goes, I work Monday to Friday mornings teaching English to 14- to 16-year-olds in a local secondary school in Vibo Valentia, Calabria. A typical work day usually starts at 9:00. As soon as I walk through the school’s main door warm Buongiornos welcome me in. I walk along the corridor that leads me to the stairs and hear, 'Buongiorno, Angela!' as one of the caretakers shouts out the moment he sees me. Everyone’s welcoming buongiornos has definitely proved to be a pleasant start to a work day!

On Monday and Wednesday afternoons I help school pupils prepare for their Cambridge exams. To break my work routine a bit I enrolled on a gymnastics course at a local dance school. Having never done gymnastics before, I’m the least experienced pupil/the worst pupil of the bunch. However, the teacher doesn’t seem to mind and neither do the other girls. Calabrians have this particular charm that welcomes you in instantly making you feel loved and at home.

On Thursdays after lunch, my cow puppet and I sing along to 'Incy Wincy Spider' or 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' with my private English class. I teach English to a group of 5 charismatic children under 7. Their enthusiasm for learning English and engaging with the lessons make them the perfect pupils. After putting my cow puppet away I head to a local Language School for another private lesson.

Tuesday and Friday afternoons are less hectic. When I get home from work, my husband Nathan and I usually play chess or watch a bit of Top Crime (the only channel we have in English). I’ve never really been a big TV fan but with shops being closed for lunch I’ve got a bit hooked on it. In the evenings, when the town comes back to life after a 4-hour lunch break, Nathan and I may meet up with our neighbours or go for a stroll around town. Full of light and life, the main street is a pedestrianised zone crammed with independent boutiques, a small deli and a big deli (which locals call a supermarket), a department store and a few coffee shops which Italians call bars. It’s always teeming with people loitering around - shopping, chatting, kissing, laughing but rarely on their phones. Most Tuesday and Friday afternoons you’d find us strolling up the main street - when in Rome, do as the Romans do!

 

Discussion

How important do you think it is to enjoy the job you do? 

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hadia 23 November, 2016 - 15:56

My job is to study and I really love it. He he
Still, it's really important to be contented and satisfied with your job. Love it and be comitted to it. You should enjoy it and that's what really we need in life. To love we have. That's what's important at present.

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bojana13 22 December, 2015 - 18:42

It is important very much,we shouldn t do jobs we don t like ,but the time now is that people do all kinds of jobs to survive.I think we if we don t find a job we want,we should try harder.When I grow up I hope I will do something I really like,like teaching english or drawing comic books.I hope my dreams will become true some day....

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iva10 27 November, 2015 - 13:05

It`s very important,because why would we do a job that we don`t like and didn`t studied that,but under some circumstances it`s alright.Like if we have no choice,or when we were younger we didn`t study so now we have to do that job.

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Ken 27 November, 2015 - 23:23

Yeah, have a point, iva. You're a good guy!
Indeed, when I'm younger, I think I need to get the towel on my head......
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Jonathan - Coor... 28 November, 2015 - 11:26

Hi Ken. What do you mean 'get the towel on my head'?

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Ken 28 November, 2015 - 12:05

Thanks for the comment, Jonathan, I mean 'to give it a shot'!
Isn't that phrase common? I'm happy to hear from you, please.
Ken

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Jonathan - Coor... 28 November, 2015 - 13:39

Hi Ken! No, I haven't heard that expression before. Where did you hear it? I was wondering if you meant 'throw in the towel' but I guess not because that doesn't make sense here. 
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Ken 27 November, 2015 - 08:26

I bet it's quite important to chose a job that i can enjoy. Though it will not be easy to find a perfect job that meets my expectation, because i don't even exactly know my aptitude. One thing is clear that no job will be easy, so that's why I want to chose a field that I feel less stressed!

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Harabeli Supersweet 27 November, 2015 - 05:27

I haven't started to work yet, but I'm studying Medicine. I just can't wait to start practicing my profession. I think it will be the best job in the world for me. It will give me the chance to help the others and it's a good job even in the financial aspect. So, I think it will be very important to me and the others as well.

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Tina - Coordinator 27 November, 2015 - 06:07

Dear Harabeli Supersweet,
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