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My new job at Uppsala University

This blog has been online for more than ten years, but it’s been through many transformations and, in recent years, decline. As I increase the amount of text I write elsewhere, I simply don’t feel the need to write much here. I only write when I want to write something which is too long for social media and when I have news to share that I want friends, family and acquaintances to read if they are interested.

This article is of the second type. Earlier this week, I started a new job at the Centre for Professional Development and Internationalisation in Schools (Fortbildningsavdelningen för skolans internationalisering) at Uppsala University. It’s focused on professional development for language teachers, creating courses, seminars and conferences. As you have probably guessed already, I will be responsible for Chinese

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I will still live in Stockholm, so I will have to commute to Uppsala (roughly 90-minutes door to door). I think this will be okay since I can work on my own projects on the train. This article was written on the way back home from Uppsala, for instance.

This is a part time job (50%), so I plan to combine it with all the other things I’m doing. I might be a bit naïve in thinking that I will be able to manage this, but I think it’s possible. I will of course put some long-term projects on a lower priority and I will postpone other projects I have planned, but on the whole, I still plan to continue my work on/at Hacking Chinese, Skritter, WordSwing, About.com and my thesis, along with teaching a Chinese writing course at Linköping university. It might sound like a lot. It probably is.

2015-08-12 10.27.09I applied for this job because the work description seemed to be a perfect match for me, and I think working with other people who are equally enthusiastic about language learning and teaching, but for other languages will be very stimulating. I also think that this is an excellent opportunity to familiarise myself more with Chinese teaching in Sweden and the key people involved. Up until now, I’ve had an international focus and have largely neglected Sweden, but this is still where I was born and where I live.

Right now, everything is new and it’s difficult to say anything substantial about the job itself and what I think about it. My days are mostly filled with preparations for a course that starts in a few weeks and sorting out practical things in the workplace (my desk looks quite tidy now, at least). I’ll have more to say in a month or so. Who knows, I might even write about it!

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  1. Ray’s avatar

    Do you feel your life has become more boring since moving back to Sweden from Asia? I ask because I was/am in the same boat. I felt my life was a lot exciting when I lived in Asia than where I’m at now (Los Angeles).