Post # 1
I don’t write many posts. I tend to be the strong independent type (or so I like to think). I live in New York, and finding a teaching job here is near impossible. Last year, I was laid off from my position as a third grade teacher because of failing budgets and a difficult education system. This past year, I worked as a college instructor to pass the time until I could find a new position – but even that was shortlived (as it was a one year position).
Needless to say, my job search has caused a strain on my relationship with my FI (who will be my hubby in all of 10 days). He is incredibly supportive, but has a hard time watching me face such adversity. I’m sure the whole thing is quite frustrating for him.
Anyway, enough with the background. This week, I was interviewed for a very promising elementary position at a local school. I interviewed, not once but twice. I was called back for the second round and was so excited to have an added chance. After my interview today, I felt like I had done really well. I laid it all on the line. I shared my passion for teaching, my extensive experience, and my desire to work for a promising rural school district. After all of that, I just got the call. The answer is no. They are not interested. They are not offering me a position. And I am once again unemployed.
I am so lost. Teaching is ME. I was born to teach. What now? I will be a wife in mere days and have no career, no real future in my career to speak of, and no way to help my fiance financially. I am 26, unemployed, and have an imense amount of school debt.
So bee’s.. here is the questions: What do I do now? Change careers? Go back to school? Move away from the amazing house we bought just a year and a half ago (before I was laid off)? What happens now?
Post # 3
First of all, I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. That must be so hard, especially after the excitement and hope of a second interview.
Of course, you are the only one who can truly know what the right choice for you is, but as you said, teaching is a part of who you are, so I hope you won’t decide to change careers yet. I know that I would want someone like you as a colleauge or as the teacher of my future children- someone passionate and truly dedicated.
I am making a cross-country move for a teaching position tomorrow. I am sad about it but I know I want to teach and there is nothing where I am. Obviously, you are not in a position to do that.
I have heard that many schools still hire very close to school starting, even after school has started, since numbers may not work out like they expected. Maybe you could long-term sub, tutor, or work with children in a nother capacity while you look for a teaching position? I know that is easier said than done but it may be an option.
Again, I really hope things work out for you and that you have a happy, beautiful wedding despite your personal struggles. I will be thinking of you.
Post # 4
Oh gosh, I almost felt like that was ME writing that.
Here was my post a few weeks ago about losing my teaching job: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/wedding-in-28-days-fired-today-from-teaching
I’m floundering. We got married three weeks ago and I’m doing the same thing – teaching, or new career? Like you, I am a teacher – I love teaching and making connections with students. But this is what I realized:
Teaching is a very noble career – but the education system is so f***ed up that there’s nothing I can do about it.
Right now I’m leaning towards a new career, but there are so few out there that I’m qualified for. I’m so bored at home and not really finding much. I’ll keep looking, and if I don’t find something before schools begin, I’ll sub for a while as I keep looking.
Stick with it and know you’re not alone.
Post # 5
@QueenofPotato: Thank you so much for your sound advice. I know that I am meant to teach and should not give up. It is just hard sometimes. I never thought that things would be this difficult when I started out. I am a fighter and will do my best to make it through all of this, but sometimes it sounds so easy to walk away from it all. I feel so weak right now. I am so impressed by your willingness to move for a job. I wish I was able to do that (and sell my house). Best of luck in your new job! I’m sure that you will do a great job!
Post # 6
@hisprettygirl: I am so glad to know that I am not alone! I will think of you often and hope that you find a teaching position as soon as possible. If not, I hope that your new career gives you much joy and happiness. This is such a difficult time for me, and I know that it must be the same for you. I am so sorry for you loss, as losing a job is jsut as diffcult as losing a love one. I know that when I lost my job teaching, I felt like I had lost a part of me.
Post # 7
I would look into private schools, pay is not as much but it will still fullfill your love of teaching.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I would personally contract with a headhunting service that will hook you up with quality positions. Usually, the schools pay the fees, not you. Down here, we have Southern Teachers Agency, but there’s also Carney, Sandoe and Associaties, which is national.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2013 - Rock Hill Country Club, Manorville NY
I see you’re in the Southern Tier. I’m in the Catskills, but come from LI and lived in WNY before. It’s tough in NY for us teachers. Everybody was encouraged to go to college, and I know I was told there were plenty of jobs in this field. I am now “stuck” teaching preschool, which is very very very far from what I went to school for (teaching Spanish and ESL).
If you still have health benefits, I would full time sub. Check into adult education too. It can be really hard to find full time work there, but the hourly pay is good enough. My job pays terribly, but offers benefits, so if you need that, look into preschools.
I don’t think things are any easier for teachers outside of NY. I would stay put especially if your SO has a good enough job.
Also, are you on OLAS?
Post # 10
@Miss Country Chick: I too am a teacher without a classroom and don’t have any real prospects of getting one in the ear future. I have been certified for three years and have been substituting and doi long term placements since I graduated. I live in Ontario so our system is a little different but very much the same in that there are no jobs for Teachers. It is very frustrating to say the least especially since I, like you, know that I am supposed to Teach. I have had two interviews in the past monHavana both times have been turned down. While I can’t give any advice I can at least let you know that you aren’t alone and there are many others that share your frustration! They say our job market will open in the next five years or so…I don’t know if I can hold out that long but may not have another option, I don’t want to settle for a career in another field that I am not passionate about.
Post # 11
I am a teacher in NY too. I was excessed due to Gov Cuomo’s new budget plan (gag me!!!) last year. I was out of work for ~6 months and it was the worst situation ever…I feel so sorry for you, I know the pain and anguish 🙁 I was planning on going back to school for a 2nd Master’s degree and going into Mental Health Counseling, but last minute I got an interview and a job…things worked in a very funny way. What certification are you? I’d recommend applying for extensions or other certifications that are close to your current cert, and maybe that will help you to branch out. I was teaching on Long Island, and now I am a NYC Dept of Ed teacher, and there are so many opportunities in the DOE, if you would be willing to look into it. Otherwise, maybe you could work through a tutoring agency to make extra cash while you look. I’d also apply to substitute in a bunch of districts, and then make your face and name known around. Good luck!!!