My head and my heart are conflicted.

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I just finished my masters in special education, and I would really recommend you finish your degree. Programs change, licensure requirements change, I really think you would be smart to finish your degree while you’re there. You can always go back to the daycare and see what is available if you can’t find a permanent career, but I would never choose a 15k daycare job over having a degree and what that gives you. I understand your hesitation, but you have put all that time and work in, why stop now?

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Could you take the full-time job, and go to school part time? That would give you the best of both worlds. 🙂

Post # 5
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3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Finish school! You’re so close, and you’ll put yourself so behind. You might not ever finish once you realize you can’t quit that job!

Post # 7
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242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would finish your degree!  I have worked in a similar position in daycare and I eventually decided to go back to school to get certified.  In the 5 years that I worked there, positions would come open all the time.  More than likely, your daycare would still be hiring when you finish school (if you don’t find a teaching job).  I definitely have no regrets!

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I say finish school! The job market in teaching will have its ups and downs. Don’t let the job market scare you. With a degree you will always be able to teach anywhere. And your pay will be so much more. In the long run you will have a lot more flexibility should you ever decide to leave the classroom. You are so close. You can do it!

BTW what county are you in? I taught in Georgia for 10 years and always found a job easily.

Post # 9
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7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Definitely get the degree. Working in a daycare isn’t really something that will keep you happy long-term I don’t think.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@mepayne:  I worked in Early Childhood Education.

DON’T DO IT!

Everyone in my center was desperate to do Elementary Education! Definitely do it!

You can work in ECE any time… Elementary Ed is WAY harder to get into!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Random note: You do a full year of student teaching? I’m envious. We only do a semester here, and I feel a year would be so much more beneficial.

Now on to the topic at hand: Finish your degree. You’re so close. There are teachers retiring every year or going on to other jobs, so there will be openings, even if it seems like a few. If you’re desperate you can always look at other districts and parts of the state. And if you don’t find a teaching job, I bet the place you work now would take you back in some position. If not, then there is always subbing and other education positions to get your foot in the door with a district or school.

And if some of this stress is about not working for a year, why not find a different job? If you’re like me and not wanting a weekend service industry job, maybe you can find a nannying position after school? That sticks with something you’re familiar with.

Hang in there and push through! The year will go by quickly and you’ll have your degree in hand, which will open up so many more opportunities.

Post # 12
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2575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

FInish school!  You’re almost there.

Post # 13
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1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Maybe just stick with finishing school 🙂

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@mepayne:  Strange, but really nice! I love that I get to student teach in the fall (actually… in two weeks, eek!) and graduate in December because I get to be a part of the prep and first day of school. I feel like the traditional model of student teaching in the spring semester only is so detrimental because those first few weeks are really the most critical and most student teachers don’t get to see that. It’s great that you do!

So yeah, finish your degree now. 🙂

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