I came to Shanghai, China to teach English.
I love teaching, but I figured that it was time for me to expand my horizons - diversify, so to speak. So when I got the opportunity to take a job as an editor for my school, I jumped on it. The new job came with a great salary, weekends off & opportunity for advancement. How could I pass it up?
After only four months in the office, I think my brain is starting to turn to mush. I sit for close to nine hours a day, staring at a computer screen. The only time I interact with my co-workers is when we go to lunch - everyone is busy doing their own thing. I've started drinking more coffee lately because it gives me an excuse to move around, to talk with someone - anyone.
I have to admit it - I'm not sure I'm cut out for this. I mean, it's a great job with great benefits. I work for the fastest growing English training company in China - possibly the world. We're creating really interesting stuff, & I'm learning all kinds of new skills. & I have weekends free.
But when I think of working at that desk day in & day out for the next... however long, it makes me cringe. & it makes me really miss teaching. I miss the interaction with students. I miss the energy of a classroom. I miss preparing lessons (did I just say that?!). I miss sleeping late.
What about you? Do you have a desk job? If so, why?