I have decided I am not cut out for working. My soul is too sensitive. I have been tutoring for about six-ish months now and so far haven't had any criticism which means I am very lucky, I suppose, when you consider that I am tutoring kids with competitive parents who like to bargain. Today after I finished tutoring two girls aged 10 and 11, their mother said that she wants much more conversation and less grammar in the classes and that the older one finds it a bit boring because we don't spend as much time on conversation as she would like. She said this in the nicest possible way but I still find it very depressing to be criticised. I don't think I'll ever get used to it. Perhaps I should avoid politics as a career.
The thing is, the major problem I see with these particular kids' speech is that they make heaps of mistakes in their really basic English grammar, although they have a large vocabulary. Obviously, they haven't been properly taught the simplest verbs, like "I am" as opposed to "I is", or at least, they haven't remembered them very well. So even though we don't focus on grammar in our classes, I always slip some in when I correct them, because it is always their basic grammar that is wrong. It sometimes really annoys me how mothers have these opinions about what it is best for their child to learn and how. I guess that is the occupational hazard of ESL teaching.
Anyway (excuse the rant), I've decided that maybe I should win Lotto, be given a large inheritance from someone I've never heard of before, find a sugar daddy, or become a housewife, because I hate criticism, and it seems to me that whatever line of work I choose for my career, I'm going to have to face it.
Isn't it just my luck that the thing I really want to be is an author, and criticism is probably one of the main five points in the job description for that.