I am a Professor. I work at Algonquin College
Why do you love your job?
I love working with students and community partners. I enjoy the challenge of finding student placements and developing cooperative relationships with community partners. I love to see how the students grow professionally over the time they are at the college.
I love what I do. I just don't like feeling like a second class citizen who can be dropped at a whim. Also, because I have a second job to make ends meet, it means that when I am off from the college (May to September) I cannot collect EI because I am still employed. From May to September, my total income drops to 40% of what I make from September to April (If I am given contracts for both semesters). I would make more money on EI, but if I quit my second job, I will have to find another part-time job when September rolls around again. It's like being on a perpetual treadmill.
Tell us about your proudest moment.
Developing evaluation tools and manuals for placement supervisors and ensuring evaluations are standardized and efficient.
What are the challenges you face in your work?
Never knowing until approximately a month before the semester that I will have a job, let alone whether the number of hours I get will be the same as the previous semester. If not, can I afford to stay? I need a second job to make ends meet.
What would job security and better working conditions mean to you?
It would mean I could keep doing what I enjoy- working with students and community partners to provide the best placement opportunities that will meet the needs of all parties. It would mean I could quit my second job and not feel like I am constantly in limbo. I can plan my financial future, as opposed to worrying if in 3 months I will need to find other work.