Look, I was young, impressionable and dazzled by the prospect of a free car, long spells in nice hotels, with an expense account, so don't be too hard on me please.
I always made sure I wore my badge.
You know, the one which said, "DON'T LOOK AT ME, I WORK HERE"
Eventually, as I gained experience in my chosen career, I was given more responsibility in the product development and marketing areas.
This was when I first made contact with an advertising agency.
Not to put too fine a point on it, they were weird.
It took about 3 meetings to create the brief, choose and adjust the first drafts and at the last, finalise the accepted advert. I got completely pissed every time.
I did enjoy the champagne and the smoked salmon snacks.
I also enjoyed the whole side of best quality Scottish Smoked Salmon which was delivered to my home after the contract was accepted.
I didn't enjoy the meeting with my boss when he got the final bill.
I still say it was his fault for not giving me a budget to work to. All he said was get the campaign going.
Ah well, we learn from experience.
I learned that a budget was essential.
I learned that I really liked smoked salmon.
I learned that bastard bosses can switch blame faster than a hyperactive ferret on ice.
My next company was quite nice really .
As some of you may know, I'm responsible for coordinating the relief teachers at Nuova Lazio High School, and I like to think I do quite a good job. I definitely know that I do a better job than Ringo did when he had the responsibility for relief. I don't make the last minute panic and confusion he used to create when his disorganised brain tried to work in a logical and planned fashion.
Part of this job is being thoroughly prepared.
This means that I need a list of relieving teachers who:
- Can arrive at short notice if needed
- Are reliable
- Can handle some quite disruptive classes, made worse by not always knowing the kids.
- Are cheap.
It's number 1 and 5 which cause problems.
The school is given a fixed amount from the MOE (The Ministry, not the teacher) to pay for all the relief used during the year. These teacher are paid at varying rates, according to qualifications and experience. A brand new qualified teacher gets about NZ$45,000, paid pro rata per hour worked. A teacher with a MSc and 10 years experience gets about NZ$68,000, again pro rata. An unqualified reliever gets about NZ$30,000.
We used to be allowed to use unqualified teachers (an ordinary punter) after they went through a police check. The New Zealand Teacher's Council would give these punters a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT), and we could then use them to cover classes when the teacher was off.
But now the NZTC is getting very wary about awarding the LATs (It was discovered that a qualified, registered teacher had been teaching for 4 years with a conviction for some unsavoury child abuse) and they now want proof that we've been trying our best to get a qualified and registered teacher to fill the relief jobs.
So they suggest that we advertise locally.
I've made one up.
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