Friday, October 17, 2008

JAY-OH-BEE!!

That would be a job!! Though sometimes it seems to take forever for things to happen in life, sometime things just fall into place and in the blink of an eye you have a whole new part of your life taking shape. Since Thursday at 10am my life took a nice little turn.

I received an email from Mari about a university that was looking for someone to teach 1st year Business English. The class is to familiarize students with things like human resources, company structure and other business type of language. I didn't think I had much of a shot, but I called the woman and left a message. She called me back and said that they had actually found someone already for the role but that she had a schedule conflict with one of the classes. By the time the conversation was over she asked for my resume and thought maybe I could take one of the classes. They were going to move the class so the other person could teach it, but if I could do Tuesdays then it would work out great.

I sent off my resume and received and email right back asking me to come visit with them today. Oh how I love having an actual reason to shower and put on clothes that match...In my usual American fashion I arrived 30 minutes early for the interview. I was to meet my contact at a specific Metro station and it was sunny so I just kind of wandered around a bit. Then I realized I didn't have her phone number in case she didn't turn up or I was at the wrong station. Let's all give a great big "YOU ROCK, THANK YOU SO MUCH!" to Mari in Lille!! I called her and she pulled up the original email and gave me number just in case.

Turned out I didn't need it, she showed up right on time. But if I would have needed it...I had it! We went to the school, I met the dean and they offered me the job right there. It's just one class, but hey, it's a start! I am really looking forward to it. Now every Tuesday I have a place to be at 2pm! I'm meeting my contact again tomorrow at the book store to buy a book for the class. To be honest I don't really think it was my amazing teaching prowess that impressed her so much as the fact that I am a native English speaker and I am breathing. Meaning I think they were pretty desperate. But hey...I'll take that!

I am also super excited about this coming week. I meet friends on Sunday then family on Monday in Paris. I am also hoping to get the chance to meet up with some fellow blogers Leesa and Ksam (of former Sam de Bretagne fame) while in town. I'm feelin a rhumrhum coming on...

Oh...I also got my hair cut and it looks pretty good. There are a lot more layers than I am used to but I think I like it. At first I was a little scared I had a fancy-mullet (if there is such a thing) because it is shorter around my face, but I think I like it. One of my friends said it didn't look that much different, I hope that doesn't mean that I already had a fancy-mullet...

6 comments:

Leesa said...

Hey Susan,

Nice talking to you on the phone this evening!! : )
I'm excited that we will have a chance to meet up on Wed! It will be nice to meet you in person! See you soooon! Have a wonderful time in Paris with your firends/family... Also, a HUGE congrats and HIGH FIVE for the job!!! Proud o' you!! I know that it will be a great experience - AND it will lead to other things, too...
Take good care and have a great WE!
Hugs, Leesa

Andromeda said...

Yay for a job!! And yay for non fancy mullet haircuts! I spent a long time imagining what a fancy mullet would indeed look like, but I couldn't picture it really, so if you happen to see one on the street, a picture would be very helpful :-)

Rochelle said...

Hey that's great news! Way to go! It's great that it's just once a week too, totally non stressful and you have all week to prepare lessons! Sounds good!

kylie said...

congrats on the job...!

Crystal said...

hey there...i've been following your blog for a bit and am just wondering if you are talking about the catholic uni in Lille? I actually interviewed with them a year ago when I lived near lille to teach english to the business students as well. I was offered the job (one lesson a week like you for an hour and a half I think) but turned it down because it conflicted with my teaching job I already had. Anyway, Im sure you'll love it and congrats on getting married!

Susan in Lille said...

Leesa - Thanks for all the encouraging words!! See you Wednesday...

Andromeda - Well, I think a "Fancy Mullet" would be all layered in the front. Like Charlie's Angels gone a little back-woods...

Rochelle - I was thinking the same thing, I don't want to get back into 40+ hours of work every week

Kylie - Wow! Thanks for stopping by!

Crystal - Glad you posted a comment! No, it's not the Cato, but I would be interested in that, it's with ESPEME which is some sort of prep school. I'm still learning all this French school stuff. Sure is a lot different than the US...