365 Days - Rebecca's First Year with Qkids
The Best Laid Plans…My little family has come a long way from where we were a year ago, but to understand that, I need to give you a little backstory. I got married in 2016 to a man that I likely would never have met if it weren't for the internet-- a Canadian. Our big plan was to live in the US for a couple of years, working and saving up while my permanent residency paperwork was processing. When his visa mysteriously never materialized (it fell through the cracks somewhere), and I got pregnant six months into our marriage, we knew our plans were about to change.
A Whole New WorldA week after our daughter was born, my brick-and-mortar job decided to send me the gift of not having to come back to work... ever. With my husband having no income, and now no income of my own, the baby and I moved in with my parents while my sweetheart went back to the Great White North. With my parents caring for my ailing grandparents, my lack of funds for a babysitter, and planning to immigrate to a foreign country within a few months, I found myself very limited in my job options.
Light at the End of the TunnelIn July, I came across a job posting on Indeed.com posted by Qkids. The ad was looking for native English speakers with enthusiasm and teaching experience who wanted to work online from home. For me, it was the perfect fit: a fulfilling job that I could do from home and still have time to spend with my little one. What's more, I could take it with me to Canada. It meant that I would still be able to pay my bills, taking some of the weight off of my husband. I recorded myself reading from one of my baby's books and sent it in with my application.
Trying OutThe interviews were just demonstrating that I understood how the platform and tools worked. I spent a lot of time agonizing over it, but it went well. My recruiter was so kind and encouraging (something I appreciate about Qkids-- they are so UPLIFTING!!), and made me feel very at ease. The second interview was with my trainer, and we went through a class with her as the student. She gave me some good advice and helped me to consider different ways of achieving the goal. They were amazingly helpful with their feedback.
Green Means Go!After the interviews, my trainer set me up with two demo classes. These wouldn't be dummy classes, either-- they were real, live students, expecting a confident and prepared teacher! I remember being ridiculously nervous about the classes and walking through every slide of both lessons. When the time came, they went very well-- I got a few green tags from them, which meant that the families and kids enjoyed the lessons! I was so proud I even did a screenshot of the tags ^_^ A few days later, I was told by my trainer that Qkids wanted to offer me a contract. To say that I was excited would be an understatement. To not only have a job but to have a job that I liked, was an enormous blessing for me.
Onward and UpwardSo here we are, 365 days later, and so much has changed. I'm more confident in what I do, and I'm better able to engage the kids. I understand that I don't have to know EVERYTHING in the lesson, as long as I know the games and the operations. It's much more about helping the kids get excited about learning a new language and giving them a bright spot in their day. We are here to help them learn a new language, yes-- but with most of the students, we will only be in their life for one half-hour time slot. We may not remember all of them through the blur of teaching, and they might completely forget the lesson, but if we can brighten their little corner of the world, they might never forget the impact we had on them.
If you are looking for a flexible job where you work from home, teaching English to eager and adorable little learners on the other side of the world, feel free to click on this referral link-- http://teacher.qkids.net/ref?code=EVGLLO