Rate the stressfulness of your current / previous non-teaching job held for at least six months aginst your previous / current teaching job held for at least 6 months
- My non-teaching job was / is at least 3 times more stressful.
- My non-teaching job was / is at least twice as stressful.
- My non-teaching job was / is slightly more stressful.
- My non-teaching job was / is equally stressful.
- My non-teaching job was / is slightly less stressful.
- My non-teaching job was / is at most half as stressful.
- My non-teaching job was / is at most 3 times more stressful.
So I’ve been doing my new job as an Economist back in “the West” for around 18 months. I have learned an incredible amount, and I am becoming quite good at it, I think.
What I can’t get over, though, is the stress level that I experience on a daily basis in this job. Don’t get me wrong - I have an awesome boss, good colleagues, and the work I do is (mostly) interesting. But it is an exceptionally high-performance environment - everyone from elected officials at a District and Regional level to businesspeople at large companies make important infrastructure and investment decisions based on our work. And working in a group of highly-trained professionals, I find myself constantly pushing the boundaries of what I am doing (sorry, I realise this sounds a little arrogant - it’s not at all my intention, but after another tough day, I couldn’t be bothered to think of a less pompous way to say it).
Which all got me thinking today about the relatively stress-free work-life I once lived. I would say I find my current job at least three times more stressful than teaching businesspeople in Taiwan. For that stress level, I earn probably 15% more here, all of which gets wiped out in higher taxes, so essentially I am working at a far higher stress level for the same salary. Hmmmmm.
Hence the poll, which I have limited to those who have been in a job for more than six months (both English-teaching and non-teaching jobs). This is because those first few months are stressful in just about any job, and I didn’t want results to be distorted.