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Eye of the Optimist -Orientations

I have returned from vacation to teach classes in an orientation program for undergrads who have just arrived from abroad to get a few months of work experience teaching English in public schools. They are lucky they get this comprehensive program. Many teachers never do when they first start the job abroad. Someone says, "Here's the book. This is the classroom and these are the kids. Teach." Hopefully, there is someone friendly to ask advice to, but often there is not.

Would it not be wonderful to have orientations to every activity and phase of life? I supposed you could look around and find some sort of one, with all the blogs and self-help activities, but that requires you doing the fishing and knowing what to look for. At some new jobs, someone is there to show you the ropes and you may get a grace period. Often, though, there is no actual training. It is sink or swim. What about other life activities, such as leaving secondary school, starting your first dedicated romance, choosing places to live and moving in, and so on and so on? It is always nice to find some kind person, or even pay for a service to give you some pointers and wisdom as to how to proceed and what to expect.

Actually, I really wish I had a life coach by my side all my life. Perhaps, a secretary, too. They would be so helpful in keeping me on track and making better choices.

It all goes to show you the true value and functions of education. When do people not have learning experiences?

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