Dear Experts, Once in awhile I read a job announcement that lists something like "and other duties" as part of their job description. Other times I've seen specific examples of employees having to take classes, go through training or even learn another language outside of their regular work schedule. When I've put in my 8 hours, my personal time is mine and I believe companies asking for this are asking too much. I'm ready to say I'm not doing it, but how? The answer I'd give now would be, "I didn't plan on this when I accepted the position and I have other personal commitments," even if that means I'm relaxing at home. I know it could mean I'd lose the job. So how would you say "No thanks?" Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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Within the United States, many state departments of education are lowering teacher certification requirements to meet the demands of the current teacher shortage. In New Jersey, for example, aspiring educators no longer need to take PRAXIS exams. In Arizona, people are now allowed to teach in school with just a high school diploma (and current enrollment in university). In New Mexico, the National Guard has been activated as substitute teachers.

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