(Closed) teacher feeling sad about career choice :(

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Having a crappy interview and sucking at a job are two totally different things.  What went wrong in the interview?  I’m in teacher’s college right now, and things are similar with the job market where I live.  Just do your best with your job right now and keep going with the interviews.  It’s hard to be underemployed, but you will get there!  Is there any way you could volunteer at a local school?  Even just a few hours a week?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Wait, why do you think that you “suck at the job”? 

Are you certified to teach public school? If not, you might think about using this time to go back and get a certification (since it’s not a bad time to be a student!). 

Well, you know, in many cities, you’re right–it’s just a bad time for job searching (DH is a public school teacher, and luckily tenured, but he’s got sort of a more inside view)–some districts just aren’t hiring new teachers; others are going so far as firing. So it’s probably not YOU, it’s just a crummy moment. 

So yes, be thankful that you have a job, and do it well (because you’re going to need the recommendations for when you DO leave!) and just keep your eye out. Something WILL come around–maybe not today or this week, but it’ll happen. You’re not at risk of starving and you are at least working in a related field; just keep the faith.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@JennBug89:

Keep plugging away at it. You should also maybe consider having friends or your FI coach you. You need to critique your interview honestly. What went wrong? What could you have done differently?

Additionally it is quite important to network. If you have been recommended to a principal in advance by someone he/she knows and likes, that reduces the pressure substantially. They are far more likely to overlook mistakes you might make.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t think you suck at what your trained to do.  You said it youself, that school is nontraditional, so maybe you aren’t meant to teach at that type of school.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t teach at any school!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Um… so are we twins??? πŸ™‚

I graduated in December, with my K-6 cert.  I subbed, TSSed, and I am currently teaching 3 year olds at a very good preschool too.  I have been on 3 public school interviews, and I know how frustrating it can be.  For real, it’s tough to get a job in a market that is struggling, but also still SO competitive.  So, it’s really not you. πŸ™‚

But there is hope!  I just got a job on Tuesday to be a gifted teacher/district sub.  It’s only until the end of the year, but it’s something.  But, in all honesty, I NEVER would have gotten the job unless FI’s mom didn’t happen to know the lady who hired me and recommended she interview me.  I’m finding it’s ALL about networking and who you know who can put in good words for you.

So, maybe start networking!  Do you know any teachers in local districts?  Does anyone in your family know anyone who can help get you an interview?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@JennBug89: Haha… well if your FI’s mom is trying to get you interviews then we must be twins!  And that’s interesting that you would need the B-K cert.  In PA we have a program called Head Start (which is public school preschool) and you can have K-6 cert to work in it.  Maybe it varies from program to program?

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am a teacher and I completely understand that you miss the classroom; it is a job like any other. 

It sounds to me like you’re a strong teacher but could use some help with interviewing. At the university I went to, they had opportunities twice per year where future teachers could come to campus to have mock interviews with real public school administrators. This was really helpful to me and helped me to land the position I currently have.

Even if this isn’t a service available to you, you could always contact your local university’s career center to set up a mock interview where they can give you tips on what you can do better. Where I went to school, this was available to anyone in the community, not just students. 

Good luck; don’t get discouraged!!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Don’t get discouraged! It’s the job market. I’m pretty sure there were 100 or more people interviewing for the job.

Keep working on your skills and once more position open up, you’ll have a job! πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Can you go back to school for some sort of specialization? (speech pathology, special ed, etc)

It’s not just the current job market, elementry ed teachers have been “a dime a dozen” for a while now, even when the economy was doing great. The economy is making it even worse because schools are cutting their budgets and therefore cutting teachers.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m sure you don’t “suck” as much as you think you do (or not at all for that matter) and we all have days where we feel like this.  You have to remember that as a teacher and a daycare provider I would assume, there are so many things that you have to relinquish control/ownership of since they are out of your control. 

Also, many many teachers have to take jobs that aren’t exactly what they want at the beginning.  Eventually, you will have the right combination of experience and timing that will get you your dream job! 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ugh I feel very similar. I graduate this May and I’m interning in a large district and it is SO discouraging to know that pretty much no new teachers are going to be hired this upcoming year. With the budget cuts happening right now in the state of Texas it is very scary to think that they are getting rid of teachers and wanting to up the class sizes to save money. 2 teachers and a few paraprofessionals found out that they won’t have a job next year and there is no way the district can place them in another classroom because there are no classrooms to place them in.

Like you I’ve started looking into various charter and private childcare facilities in the area just to have a job. It makes me sad thinking of all the money and time spent to get this degree and have little to no options to utilize it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to be applying like crazy because I have to have a glimmer of hope, but I’m not going to get my hopes up.

Good luck in your job search!

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