Post # 1
I could use a little encouragement. I live in PA where the education budget has been cut big time and I have teacher friends that have been furloughed from their teaching positions. I’ve had 7 interviews, mostly for half-year, long-term positions. And today was my 7th, “Sorry, we’re going with another candidate” phone call (though most places don’t even call). I’m really getting discouraged. I have my master’s degree in education (literacy) and I’m starting to feel like I spent all that money for nothing. Teaching is what I feel I’ve been called to do, and I’m told I interview well, but nothing is working out. I cannot move as my fiance has a pretty decent job (though not one that would really support us both for very long, especially with all my student loan debt) and is trying to work his way up in the company.
I’m really starting to question my abilities. I have another interview tomorrow morning for a developmental reading position at a community college, which I would absolutely love, even though it’s only part time. A huge part of the reason I went to school to get my reading specialist is because I wanted to help older students who still struggle to read; I love reading and literacy so much that I want to help remove road blocks for those with problems.
I just feel at such a loss. I will substitute this upcoming school year, but as a I said, I’m really starting to doubt myself as a teacher…any advice, especially from other teacher bees?
Post # 3
Getting that first full time job after school is the hardest.
Continue to substitute as it helps to build your resume.
Are there evening classes where you live? Investigate jobs there.
Also look at doing volunteer work with ESL or immigrant services.
Post # 4
@karatechick27: DH went through a period where he was interviewing well and not getting the jobs, so he started following up and asking the people he interviewed with what the deal-breaker was for them. They were really open to talking with him, and he picked up some excellent tips he had never thought of before. Sometimes the only reason was that they went with someone with less experience so they could pay less; while that sucked to hear, it was a confidence-booster because it made him realize he hadn’t done anything wrong or been undesireable due to his personality or abilities.
Also, please don’t get down on yourself as a teacher. As a fellow teacher, the economy in our field totally sucks right now. You may want to consider taking shorter-term sub jobs or taking some grad school classes while you’re searching.
I had to relocate about five hours in order to get the sweet teaching gig I have right now. Is relocating a possibility for you?
Hang in there. 🙂
Post # 5
U will do fine. Its not easy looking for a job.It took me forever too. My question to u though is, have u exhausted all of your options in your area? Have u considered going outside of your current area? Into smaller towns or a different city. Consider it. U never know.
Post # 6
I don’t know if I can give you encouragmeent but i do want you to know you are not alone! I relocated to move where my fiance lives. I thought that since I had 2 years of teaching experience and I was moving to a large, populated, growing area I would have a teaching job with no problem. NOPE!
I’ve also been offered 4 interviews. Every time they say I had a GREAT interview. The last one I finally got the guts to finally say, “Did the candidate you chose know someone in the district?” because I felt that was why I was getting shut down. I feel like I don’t know anyone here so it’s difficult to get in.
The thing this last interview taught me was that sometimes it can be for the littlest reasons why we don’t get the job…and nothing related to our performance. For example, he told me that they really needed a basketball coach. So they hired the guy who had coaching experience. (I’ve coached cheerleading for years but they don’t need that). The principal actually told me that I was their top candidate but it came down to extracurriculars. Talk about disheartening….sooo close….yet so far away.
Anyway, is there any possibility that you can substitute teach?? I know for me, I need to have a full-time job so that takes away from subbing possibilities. I also started looking into Sylvan for tutoring….that might help you meet people and get more references.
One thing that might be hurting you is your masters. Isn’t that ridiculous? But they have to pay you more than a first year teacher…so although some districts don’t look at that, some that are really hurting financially do. It sucks.
I can’t decide what I should do. I think I might go back to school to get a certification in some other teachign specialty. Meet some professors and others who can provide me with references….I guess having out of state experience throws people off.
Post # 7
We are in the same situation for my Darling Husband. He just had a really promising interview, but honestly, if he doesn’t get it, I think we’re going to need to reassess. He is very resitant to move, but of all our friends from school who got jobs in education, the ones who made it were those who were willing to relocate.
Post # 8
@karatechick27: I understand the discouragement. I have a Masters in Social Work, and my license, and I’ve been getting those same “Position has been filled” phone calls. At this point, please don’t second guess your abilities. Remember why you got your specific education! Remember the passion you have for it! Employers will see that passion and not want to miss out on it, especially if it’s the right job for you. It can get discouraging because it doesn’t seem like they get a sense of who you are… because they’re not hiring you… but hang in there! And yes, accept jobs with maybe not as much pay or part-time. At least you’ll get your feet wet, and the job may turn into full-time or open up another opportunity!