After being here for a few years, I’ve tried to figure out why some jobs pay more than others, and I am at a loss. I’ve taught business English, which generally requires a lot of time intensive work including planning and administration (reports, etc. that the company requests). I enjoyed it, but despite my trying some tough negotiations and even turning down some jobs due to low pay, the pay remained generally lower than most kindergardens and bushibans.
Now I’ve applied at some universities and colleges, since I have an M.A. I’ve gotten several calls, but all for “part-time” postions, that is full-time hours, but none of the benefits of teaching at a university or college, i.e. visa, health insurance and paid vacations. And the rates they’ve been quoting are astoundingly low, considering all of the extra work a university class requires. Again, the work is a lot more intensive than bushiban/kindergarden, has much higher requirements (most really prefer a Ph.D.) yet the pay rate is significantly lower.
I just don’t get it. How is it you make more teaching 3-4 year olds “Old Mcdonald” than teaching a graduate level business writing class (something which one of the universities wanted me to teach, since I was perfect for the job)? I’m not all about money, but that is hard to swallow.
What is up with that?