sometimes I wonder what people really expect out of their job choices. I don't mean to 'diss' any of the people I know, friends, family, etc who I will speak about - but I read comments about their jobs/careers on FB and in emails sometimes and it makes me shake my head. For example, I have a ton of teacher friends. I did a year of the program myself before I realized that was not the line of work I wanted to get into. Anyway, I see a lot of them commenting about not wanting to spend Friday nights or weekends doing school work. Or that they were up late marking papers, etc. Well - what did they think was going to happen? Especially the ones who have been in the job for a DECADE or more - they knew what they were signing up for didnt they? Teachers make far more today that they did years ago, and there are extra concessions made for staff meeting days, professional development days, and in my local schools even recesses and lunch are covered more by Teaching Assistants than they are by teachers themselves. But I still see the comments on a regular basis and it baffles me.
I knew what I was getting into with my job. I know that I cannot possibly make a large amount of money per hour without charging parents an arm and a leg every month (daycare/preschool). I know that, so I don't whine about it. In fact, I complain that the govt is changing so many rules, we end up having to charge the parents more afterall. I am concerned with them and their children, and know that because of that I have to take a lower wage than I could even make working at Dairy Queen. I make about $2/hour LESS than teenagers who start at A&W for heaven's sake.... but I realize that, I accept that, and I continue in my job for now because it works around my kids in school, and my youngest who attends the center with me. I accept that once he is in school, I will probably move on so that I can earn more money. But for now, I fully accept my job for what it is, and know that sometimes I am working outside of daycare hours to prep for the coming months plans and I only get paid hourly.
However, in Salary jobs such as teaching, you have to just go with the flow and suck it up, or do something else. My dad's job in Parks was salary paid and that meant sometimes he was working 7 days a week (especially during high season like summer for the campers/visitors). He would leave around 5am and be back around 6pm if things went well. But it evened out in off-season times like him having the entire month of April off every year, or shorter days and very few weekends in the winter. Sometimes he was working on courses for his job late at night and on weekends. Sometimes he had to go away for training. That was his job and he accepted it. End of story.
But yet again I see people commenting that boo-hoo they have to work on their job stuff on the weekend. It's a SALARY paid job. You cannot take in assignments from a class at the end of the day and mark them during school hours to get them back the next day because school time is over.... so you have to do it at home. It's been like that since forever. Teachers worked like that long before special concessions were added through unions and such over the years. They lived and breathed being a teacher 24 hours a day and were paid less than half of what they are now.
I love my children's teachers, they have been great. I'm not dissing each individual person - there are people in all sorts of jobs where they regularly complain about issues centered around the job itself - things that are no different than anyone else in the career, things that have been the same for decades if not longer, and were in fact in place long before that person chose to take that job in the first place. As in - they knew things were like that beforehand, and then spend the next 10 years complaining about it. That makes very little sense to me.