Many people start to study Engish when they are making a big change in their lives. Maybe a partner is taking more education, a parent has remarried and moved, home feels too dangerous, or your marital status has changed. This is a great article about 6 people from Calgary who had to make job changes. Your identity changes a lot, along with your employment status and where you live. Read for some good ideas about how to “reinvent” your life.
I have been very lucky in my life. There have been brief periods when I had do a job, just to make money that I needed. A lot of people are happy with this situation, especially if they work with people they like, or if they earn a really good salary. However, I would be really unhappy about living this way for a long time, since I really see my work as a very important part of who I am. My work as a social worker was much more stressful than my work as an ESL teacher, but I still had many joyful times in that job, and I always felt that what I was doing was valuable and important. I was proud to do the job. If you are still looking for your dream job, I think that this list will give you a good idea about how work should make you feel, when things are going well.
Most ESL students have a future goal, for study or work. This Alberta website has lots of information for anyone who is planning to attend school or look for work. If you want to find out about a job, but your English skills are weak, look at:
If you want to study in Alberta, there is a list of all of the schools in the province that offer the program you want to study. If you want help with creating a resume or writing a cover letter, that’s available as well. Happy Hunting!