Personal Value Vs. Corporate Value


We as human beings had an inherent value. We deserve respect, love, support, forgiveness and second chances. We also deserve acknowledgement of our natural abilities.

Second Chances
After recently having back surgery, I knew my employment options were limited. But I found out about a company that offers an opportunity to work from home as an ESL tutor.  I considered this my second chance to go back to work.

This was perfect for me because I wanted something flexible, something that would allow me to work in spite of my disability and continue to write, and pursue my personal and professional interest in web development and design.  This position promised a tremendous amount of flexibility. I could work 1-2 hours a day several times a week since each lesson was only half an hour long.

On the surface, it sounded like a great company and had overall positive reviews online. I will refrain from naming the company at this time since I am still technically in the hiring process.

Corporate Value of a Potential Hire
Unfortunately, as with many large corporate entities, their value in a person was more corporate than I originally expected.

Their training literature was scarce and emphasized their “limited time to train tutors.”

I passed the first interview and was asked to do a practicum, which is a mock teaching lesson. I found out at the practicum that I was supposed to receive a detailed description of the age of the child and the child’s prior knowledge to cater the lesson to. I never received this vital information that would have helped me in my practice time.

My training included watching 3 YouTube videos, some of which included mediocre teachers, and a few other videos on teacher responsibilities and expectations. The techniques that they were looking for in the practicum were barely mentioned in any training videos

My effort and potential was still evident to the practicum instructor as I had invested in teaching aids and two weeks of self training and practice. Even though I was not considered hire-able the first time around, I was invited to do another practicum. I was told that this is my “final chance to get hired.”

Now I have to do it again with brand new lesson material.

Another Chance Without Training
For the first practicum, I had 2 weeks to practice. I practiced multiple times everyday. Now I have 6 days to learn a new lesson but this time they provided a child profile. Perhaps because I told the instructor I didn’t get one the first time.

I emailed my concerns on their training and lack thereof and asked for an additional one on one with an instructor. I have a feeling my request will be denied due to something such as “time constraints due to teacher availability.” I believe this will be the response due to their original statement of having “limited time to train tutors.” UPDATE: They saidd i could have 10 minutes with the instructor before the next practicum. How generous!

 I’ll do the practicum but I’m not relying on passing if they don’t feel the need to help train someone that they’ve already invested this much time in.

Corporate Value of a Person
Despite the practicum instructor’s recognition of my potential, I overall felt like a number to this company.  They provided insufficient training, did not emphasize teaching techniques that they were looking for, and provided minimal followup training during the practicum.

This company is following a corporate ideology of treating individuals as numbers, not valuable tutors who simply need adequate training.  This is a long standing phenomenon in the corporate world. If the corporate world would stop treating people like numbers and start seeing value in a person and their abilities, they would stop risking the loss of the respect and effort from someone like me.

Personal Value
My personal value as someone with prior tutoring experience, willingness to practice for hours each day, and overall promise as a tutor was valued by the instructor. She is the only reason I am given another chance.

I am a great tutor. I have tutored on elementary school and college subject matter. I also tutored on studying techniques that greatly enhanced the student’s ability to study smarter and increase their grades in multiple classes. It was my knowledge, past experience and inherent teaching ability that led me to try for this job.

Their decision, whether or not they hire me, does not make me any less of a teacher or tutor in my heart and in my soul. Beyond professional tutoring, I’ve tutored friends and family on resume writing, how to use Microsoft Excel, and how to troubleshoot basic IT problems.  Classmates in college came to me for help on hard to understand topics and software problems.

I am and will always be a teacher. That is my personal value, whether or not a corporation recognizes it. And if they lose me because they choose to limit their training, it will be a great loss to those seeking a great tutor.

Now I’m considering returning to school because this experience has highlighted to me that I truly want to pursue web design and development. I also plan on applying to be a tutor in the college’s Learning Center.  I hope the college’s value of a person’s potential and past experience is more valued than it has been by this particular company and so many like it.

Remember Your Worth
If you are job hunting, remember your worth. Some companies will not recognize it. Recognize it within yourself and remember that if a company doesn’t hire you, the loss is to them and their customer base. Better opportunities are on the horizon.

Update: I failed, got a 26/44. But you don’t get the second practicum unless you get a 31. I think this is the evaluator’s intervention. Now I need to pass with a 38/44 and the lesson is damn near impossible to teach with their techniques to a non english speaking 5 year old that they forgot to teach at all. I’m not sure it’s worth trying. My grade sheet has a section for background. I got a zero. It’s a white wall. Sorry I just didn’t have time to build a classroom out of my bedroom.

6 thoughts on “Personal Value Vs. Corporate Value”

  1. Great points, especially given many of us spend many hours of our day giving our all to our employer. Aligning personal values with corporate values is critical, or I find that satisfaction goes downhill. Sometimes we have to take a job to fill a temporary gap, but in the long term, finding a place where we fit into the culture is important.

  2. A good post and I am glad to see something positive came out of your experience. A large number of corporations these days have one value- Profit. The difficulty is aligning our personal value systems with this and it causes many conflicts.

  3. This is a wonderfully helpful blog post and what I’m going through now. I’m a seasoned (more than 30 years) journalist and am being passed up for jobs because employers want “content” and “SEO” to attract customers. This reminds me of a time I interviewed a maritime instructor, who told me technology won’t help a sailor if he doesn’t know how to read a compass, meaning basic skills are first and foremost. One or more companies will recognize how valuable you can be to them and to their students.

  4. Sadly, I feel they’re are so many other folks that are ‘ready-made’ and companies will hire them first. No matter how eager or willing to learn you are. I don’t blame them, they can’t function unless they make a profit.
    If you feel this way about this company now, why bother working for them? They aren’t going to value your assets later, if they don’t now.

  5. It’s easy to make a mission statement. Upper management loves to create those… but they are rarely realistic. I would love to believe that corporations ‘mean well’… but as soon as a company gets bigger than one office can manage… those values tend to fall away in favor of the quarterly statement. Those little details get lost in the ‘bigger picture’ of finance.


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