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    What motivates you at work?

    In order of significance

    1. Seeing student development, both academic, emotional and social.
    2. I get long holidays and enjoy the time of seeing new parts of the world and country.
    3. Pay- those who say money isn't everything have never been broke. Pay is kinda a big deal- retirement, rainy days funds etc

    What motivates you? I have no kids, so all my money can be selfishly spent on myself which is a situation I intend to maintain. What a nasty cvunt I am

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pregomeister
    What a nasty cvunt I am
    Not really. Just a run of the mill hedonist wage slave.

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    ^ I'm not teaching anymore - but my main motivation is money... to save that paper stuff for my/our future...

    Money = choices and freedom..

    When I was teaching in Thailand... hmmm... almost said "money" again lol...

    "Life-style" is my answer... making much less money, but having less stress and pressure...

    Not to say I didn't put my heart and soul into teaching my students, I certainly did... but I've always been confident/cocky enough, to push for more money, if/when I felt I was valuable enough to leverage a pay rise - I wouldn't be shy to ask...

    Nothing wrong with looking after yourself first, Preg... no one else will (especially in Toyland)... where teachers are (mainly) seen as expendable as tissue paper... easily replaceable I mean..

    That's why you have to market yourself well... What special skills do you have that separates you from the horde of English teaching wannabes: can you teach Phonics? can you speak Thai fluently? draw well on the board? etc, etc..

    Even if your school has a no-speaking L1 (Thai) in the classroom - don't underestimate the power of being able to speak/understand your students native language... not to mention it gives you an advantage dealing with admin...

    Not promoting speaking Thai in the classroom.. that debate pros vs cons has been done to death... (I'm a huge advocate BTW)... find your own niche/style and market yourself well..
    my teaching style might not work for you - and vice-versa..

    Chook dee krup! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZdick1983
    can you teach Phonics?
    ding ding! Done quite a bit of extra training in this and it helps with interviews etc.

    The pay in teaching isn't great- even out of TEFL it's hardly near an expat banking package; I couldn't sit still enough for an office job and i'm proper shit at math- so teaching it is.

    Those long holidays sure are a motivator- 7 weeks paid holiday from March- can't wait to get back to Europe for it. Planning on a second spell of inter rail around Eastern Europe; did it in my late teens and want to see the sights again but not just focus on bars and clubs

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    ^ Good on ya mate..

    I approached my school (which is like a business really) and asked if I could use a classroom on Saturday mornings to teach a group of kids..

    They accepted (with 20% commission) going to them... deal - win/win..

    Nice little Saturday earner from 9 - 12.... sometimes I'd take the kids swimming after class... we had a great time, almost doubled my income with those 3 extra hours of teaching.

    Yeah, paid holidays are sweet bro..

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    Honesty in the work environment. Something you dont have. Do you make pasta sauces or teach? If you teach could you please explain your introductory post indicating you make pasta sauces? Thanks.


    Quote Originally Posted by Pregomeister
    Arvo dudes, Been in Thailand a few years and just about to set up my own business making my own Pasta sauces- homemade, organic and not full of chemicals and additives. Looking forward to some posting.
    That is your first post with your new nic right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    Honesty in the work environment.
    Let's try on topic instead of wind each-other up- this could be an interesting thread IMO.
    Agree with you on the honesty in the workplace (forums not so much 555), I'm lucky in that I have never dealt with a truly dishonest employer overseas and am grateful for it. Dealt with plenty of dishonest folks during summer work when I was at school/uni. Mostly pubs back in the UK- so much for the image of jovial landlords.

    Heard some right horror schools about school in Thailand and here in Myanmar.

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    Come on AO.. don't be so hard on the new guy.

    A Farang dude - teacher who has the balls to start a business in Thailand should be commended no?

    Just saying (with due respect) give him a fair go bro, before we sodomize his dreams into dust..55

    *assuming he wants to sell his spaghetti sauce right? or were you joking? I have a migraine so if I have my wires crossed, I do have a good excuse..

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    Dick sometimes you just babble on when you dont know shit. The guy is not a cook or a chef but a poster who is in jail and back under a new nick. Much more to it than that in reality.

    You got that "bro".

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    I enjoy solving problems and doing a good job.

    As for pay that's something one negotiates at the beginning of a job and is largely forgotten after that. But one has to get it right.

    I remember one a guy complaining that technically I was the same a him but I got paid more and that he should get the same. We were only talking maybe $500 a year. My boss at the time said he agreed with the guy but there was nothing he could do. It was simply that I negotiated for more money when I was hired. ( we never mentioned the extra week's holiday!)
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
    I apologize if any offence was caused. unless it was intended.
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    Krup prom..

    sorry mate... it's been a long day.

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    Nothing. I don't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    Nothing. I don't work.
    Which branch of government are you in?

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    ^^Plus one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Door Knob
    Which branch of government are you in?
    Was, now not. All good.
    Last edited by crackerjack101; 29-09-2016 at 08:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pregomeister
    What motivates you at work?
    I'm now retired but did manual work (construction) as a job. What used to motivate me was that I saw work as a way of keeping fit and getting paid for doing so, strange as that may sound. I still get a buzz out of pushing the boundaries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pregomeister View Post
    In order of significance

    1. Seeing student development, both academic, emotional and social.
    2. I get long holidays and enjoy the time of seeing new parts of the world and country.
    3. Pay- those who say money isn't everything have never been broke. Pay is kinda a big deal- retirement, rainy days funds etc

    What motivates you? I have no kids, so all my money can be selfishly spent on myself which is a situation I intend to maintain. What a nasty cvunt I am
    1. Fear?
    2. Penury?
    3. Cowardice?

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    Motivator at work, putting food on the table and saving for the next big holiday abroad, which definitely won't be Asia.

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    What motivates you at work?
    the weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pregomeister View Post
    What motivates you? I have no kids, so all my money can be selfishly spent on myself which is a situation I intend to maintain. What a nasty cvunt I am
    for me i want to like the people i work with. they need to be friendly

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    Free beer at the end of the day working at a brewery has a few perks.

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    It may come as a shock to some, but my work motivates me. I find it mentally stimulating and the money is just one of life's necessities. I don't survive to the week-end or next holiday. Rather, I often continue to work during those periods.

    I'd prefer to work from my Thai home though and would do so for a 1/10 of my current salary....

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    I work in a field that is supposedly very worthy, and from the outside seems to look interesting, fancy, and full of perquisites, and there are certainly potential cool opportunities to do things, if you can navigate the insane politics and talentless sociopathic/psychopathic shitheads.
    I'm so cynical that I'm only motivated now by the money, the experience and training I can rack up on the CV, and the final destination of working as an international consultant in a very specialist field, but it's a long, painful, slog, and motivation fluctuates with the amount of shit thrown my way because of the politics.
    It's just an endurance game until I am ready for a permanent gig abroad.
    I guess the travel and free restaurants is alright, but not so much if you're on your todd.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQVmkDUkZT4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic
    I'm now retired but did manual work (construction) as a job. What used to motivate me was that I saw work as a way of keeping fit and getting paid for doing so, strange as that may sound. I still get a buzz out of pushing the boundaries.
    I thought I was the only one who felt that... I feel the same (getting paid for exercise) when I do plastering... I think it's a good mind-set...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pregomeister View Post

    What motivates you?
    These days, nothing. 20 years doing the same shit is getting old.

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