There were 2 jobs on offer, one full time and one 75% for three months. I am sharing the 75% one with a colleague (I haven’t used that word in years!), I work Mondays and Tuesdays (with longer lessons) and he works Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (shorter lessons) so we both have the same amount of hours.
The job is as a ‘mother tongue’ teacher, teaching bilingual children English (or rather, helping them keep their other language as strong as Swedish will be). It’s very exciting! I only wish I had the opportunity to do it for longer than 3 months. 19 months ago
I know pretty much what I’m going to say, but I don’t know if the interview will be held in Swedish or English. It’s not really a problem which, I’d just like to know beforehand. Oh well. Oh, and at the moment I have no references to give them (the interview is this afternoon) since it’s been really difficult to get in contact with people. Plus I only knew about the interview on Friday. Hopefully I’ll have at least one to give by the time I have to leave. Wish me luck! :) 19 months ago
I have never had an interview here in Sweden, so this is a big step. I had to learn that in Sweden, it makes a difference if you contact them a lot. I have emailed, phoned, and gone down to their office, all for different things. In Sweden, this is seen as a good thing, that you’re showing you’re interested in the job. I am not used to this, because I’ve been used to the English system, where doing these things shows desperation. Actually, I’m not even sure if that is the system in England, maybe that’s just what I’ve been taught to believe. But nevertheless, an interview is great! Now to do my research. 20 months ago
It’s that dreaded time; calling into all the shops in town and asking if they need anyone. It is a soul destroying task, and one I am not very good at, but that is what the job centre have told me to do, and so I must do it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t go there all mopey and depressed, that’s just how I end up by the end of the day. Still, you never know, I may get lucky. 20 months ago
At the moment there are more opportunities open to me (well, not completely open) than there have been in a good long while. There are three, two of which I am very interested in, the third feels constricting and doomed to failure, exactly the situation I was in around this time last year. However, let’s focus on the other two. I don’t want to say too much about them, details and such, because I’ve done this far too many times before. I really, really am not trying to get my hopes up, but I have an extreme amount of pressure on me.
Imagine you have been living abroad for the best part of three years, and your partner is the only one of you working. No matter how kind and understanding my Swedish family are, they of course want their son to not be the sole breadwinner in our little family. My parents, on the other hand, who kindly help us out with some money every month are not so worried about me quickly finding work. They of course want me to find work, but for the main reason being that they know it will make me feel better. I want to find work for this reason, plus to lighten the load on Erik and, to stop taking money from my parents.
Oh, not hoping is very difficult. 20 months ago