Credit Crunch

Four years ago I decided that after 20 years in the Financial Services world, it was time to  change career. We were at the beginning of what we now know as the economic credit crunch or crisis. At the time I was working for AIG, and when the company collapsed and we lost our jobs, I decided that I had had enough of the Financial world. It was time to make a change.

But what do you do after 20 years in the same industry? What else are you good for? I’d like to say that I thought long and hard about this, but in actual fact it was a quick and easy decision.

I had always been interested in languages and literature. I speak fluent Italian and when I was at school my French was pretty good. I’ve also always been interested in the English Language and its Literature. So I thought what could I do with this passion, and it came to me – I’ll be an English Language Trainer!

So, I re-trained and started my new career at the beginning of 2010. I knew that I wanted to teach adults and to focus on Business English. I wanted to use my past business experience in my teaching otherwise it would have been a waste of 20 years.

The value of a teacher

And I have to say that I’ve never been happier. In teaching, I have found a most fulfilling career. I’ve learned and enjoyed myself so much more in these last 4 years than all those years in Finance. Teaching has opened up so many opportunities that I did not know were possible.

  • It has allowed me to meet so many interesting people;
  • It has taught me how to be self-sufficient and creative;
  • It has given me a variety in my daily life that I didn’t think I’d achieve;
  • It has allowed me to develop and nurture my love for languages;
  • It has permitted me to appreciate the beauty and versatility of the English Language

What I want to do in this new personal blog is to share my love for the English Language and my love for teaching it. I plan to share with you my experiences, my ideas and random thoughts and hopefully, give you, English Language Learners, some ideas on how you can make your language learning experience fun and fulfilling.

After all, learning a language is a lifelong journey which should be embraced and enjoyed. With languages, the world is your oyster.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey.