How to Quit a teaching gig in Japan a little ovet a week before starting?
August 23, 2012 11:55 PM Subscribe
Teaching job for a dispatch company in Japan starting in two weeks. Had a panic attack and decided I want to quit, with no time for 30 days notice - how to do so with as few problems as possible?
posted by Kamelot123 to Work & Money (9 answers total)
I recently completed training for a dispatch teaching company in which I would be working at a public school in Japan. It is not a typical ALT job in that I would be teaching completely solo(the pay is still cruddy, though).
I had a bad feeling in my gut from the moment I entered training that this job was was not for me. During the final day of training before a teaching demo I had to give, I had a panic attack (first one in a while). I told the trainer that I felt ill and needed to go to the doctor, and left. I think he could tell I was anxious as all hell - I was shaking and close to fainting at the time.
I realized on the way home that teaching is just not for me, especially in the environment I will be teaching in at my school. I would be miserable doing this for at least a half a year. So I am 100% sure I will be quitting. Also, the school I would be working at is particularly demanding as well - apparently the previous two teachers were either canned for not living up to expectations. (on a side note, they lied to me during the interview regarding this fact among others - the company said the teacher left to get married) If I am already feeling this way about the job, I believe it would be better off for the school and students as well if I were to quit before I was officially introduced.
So long story short - I realized that I thoroughly dislike teaching and want to quit before I start, for my own mental health. I have no time to give 30 days notice (school introductions are late next week, with classes starting the following week). I would prefer resigning without going in to the office. How can I go about doing so with as few repercussions as possible? Do I make an excuse, or tell the truth(I wouldn't be able to hack it)? Should I say I am going home to my own country? Should I call, or send an email? This is the first time I've quit a job, so I am unsure of how to do this (especially in Japan).
Thanks all. Feel free to memail me :(
- side notes: I used to be on anxiety meds, and I'm pretty sure I have ADD. I have already been sponsored for a visa by this company. I don't know if it will become invalid. I also have a stash of money and a place to stay for the time being. I am not sure whether I will go home to my own country or not yet. Finally, although I am being paid for training, the starting date for the contract is not until early September. I honestly don't care if they withhold my training pay, I just want out.