Prevention of Firing
October 15, 2009 6 Comments
I’m essentially working 4 jobs right now.
Job 1: My main “9-5” job. I put that in quotations because I don’t think I’ve EVER worked the exact hours of 9 to 5. Some mornings I’m in at 8am, some at 10am – and I rarely leave before 6pm (except on Thursdays) – and typically I come back after I let my dog out for a few more hours once or twice a week. Also, I come in on the weekends probably for around 2-8 hours, every other weekend.
Job 2: This is my “steady” teaching job. Once a week I teach a Physical Science class at the community college. It typically involves 4 hours in the classroom and about 4-6 hours of prep work outside of the classroom. There is no promise that I’ll have this job next semester or next year, but I hope that I will. I would prefer to teach a Chemistry class, but given the choice between teaching nothing and teaching Physical Science – I’ll take Physical Science.
Job 3: Independent tutor. Currently I have 2 girls that I meet with on a weekly basis for an hour to an hour and a half of tutoring. I set my own rate and my own schedule (typically Sunday and Tuesday evenings). I also have 1-2 other girls that meet with me before exams for exam prep and review. Last month I made over $200 by doing this, this month will probably be around $100, because of the week I missed and losing one of my clients.
Job 4: Online tutor at Tutor.com. I’ve worked at Tutor.com for a year now and really, I don’t need the money from it anymore. I turn down around 3 students a week for private face-to-face tutoring that is tax free and pays twice as much. So I don’t NEED to work at Tutor.com anymore. However, I love the convenience of it and that fact that I can do it even while on vacation (like last week in Chicago). I also like that I’ll still be able to get hours over the summer, which I won’t get with face-to-face tutoring which runs concurrently with the school year or as an adjunct at the community college (because there are less classes offered in the summer I likely won’t get one). So my goal is to do the “minimum” necessary to keep a good standing at this place so that I’ll be able to fall back on it if I need to.
The last 2 reviews I’ve gotten from Tutor.com have mentioned two things that I need to make sure that I do:
1) Have a good online percentage (when you tutor a very few number of hours, logging in a few minutes late or logging out a few minutes early is not good for your percentage)
2) Have a good acceptance rate
Currently my acceptance rate is at 100% for the last 30 days (out of 1 request however), and my online percentage is 100% for the last two weeks (out of 2 scheduled hours).
An arbitrary number of hours that I FEEL that I need to be scheduled is 10 hours/month. I prefer to do them in the morning where I can get paid for waiting. I also FEEL like I need to take at least 5 tutoring sessions per month. The main goal is to make myself useful. I don’t want my mentor to look at my numbers and think that I could be dispensable. I want to look like I’m a benefit to the organization, even if it is through a minimal amount of effort.
So I need to make sure that I spend 1 – 2 days/evenings at some point in the month getting some tutoring hours in. While it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I stopped working at Tutor.com, I don’t want to be fired for lack of tutoring – thus, I need to find some time to sit down and help some high school students online – and besides, the extra money is always nice. =)