Today marks my forty-first day as a VIPKID teacher. As of right now…
I’ve taught 6 classes and 5 students.
One of those was a trial.
Two were interactive lessons.
Two were short notice.
My stats aren’t anything to brag about, but that’s actually part of why I choose to share them with you. And why I started posting my experience in the most honest way I can. Listen, people want referrals to make money, so they often only share the pros of VIPKID. Someone who is trying to get you to sign-up isn’t going to tell you that you may not teach your first class for a month. Know what I mean?
Except for me. Yes, I’ll tell you that. You may not teach your first class for a month. You may not teach another one for a month after that.
There is a great misconception about this company. How much you make, your hours, etc. You probably have heard enticing lines like, “I can set my own hours” (true, you open the time slots you want), or “I decide when I want to work” (actually, no, you don’t. Parents do.) or “I can work when I want to” (again, no, you’ll work when a parent books you.). So I want you to know this upfront.
I’m not complaining. I like that it’s going slowly–maybe not this slowly :)–so that I have a chance to catch my breath and actually prep for these classes.
At this point, I’ve never had classes back to back. I’ve never even had more that one class in a day. Actually, I can beat that. I’ve never had two consecutive days with a class. But I’m not discouraged. I don’t mope around all day thinking I’m a failure because I don’t have many classes, or slamming VIPKID for not booking me (uh, that’s actually not their job!), or ranting about it on Facebook. (Future post: VIPKID Facebook Groups *sigh*) No, I’m making every lesson that I do have the best I can make it. And I’m learning something and bettering something with every class. I’ve also taken a few workshops. Here’s some free advice: if you ever have a chance to take a workshop with Shannon M, TAKE IT. She is awesome. Period.
I like to look at it this way. There are ~40,000 (maybe 50k, not sure) teachers out there. The fact that I get ANY students still blows my mind. How did he/she find me? But really, I think this is a much more positive way to look at bookings–and frankly, more grateful and healthy.
Again, I’m sharing this with you, because I want these posts to be as honest as possible. You may be someone who is consistently booked from day 1. It does happen. Good for you! Then again, you may end up with a schedule like mine. You may end up waiting until day 100. I’ve seen that too. For me, it’s OK. For you, perhaps not. It’s the reality of the job though.
With that said, what do I think so far?
I love it. I do. Yes, I did think I’d have more classes by now. But I’ve loved the ones that I’ve taught. I’ve met some adorable kiddos so far. And so smart! And when I think about what this really means, it’s so very humbling to me. I am teaching a child a new language. I’m teaching someone miles and miles away, through a screen. It’s truly an amazing experience. One that I think people lose sight of when they get so obsessed with the numbers game.
Take a moment and think about what you’re doing. We’re changing these kids’ lives. I’m honored to be a part of it!
I’m also learning more about myself and what I’m capable of. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge introvert, and this is completely out of my comfort zone, but at the same time, it’s so energizing! I never thought I’d be able to do something so “not like me” so for that reason too, I’m thankful.
That’s all for now. Come back next Tuesday for more VIPKID Vibes.
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