Post # 1
So i just graduated with a degree in Elementary Education this spring. Totally kicked butt on both Praxis II exams that I had to take, scored as Distinguished in both student teaching placements, and received a distinguished on my Teacher Work Sample. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.91 GPA. Apparently none of this matters.
It doesn’t matter that I’ve put everything I have into it, that it’s something I’m passionate about, that I’ve been religiously filling out applications to new openings because I am fighting for the few positions available against hundreds of applicants with more “experience.” I understand there are people out there who have more experience but if no one is willing to even give me an opportunity to prove myself, then I’m never going to gain any experience!
The people in the county I did my student teaching in want me here. Not sure if I would get a job immediately or if I would have to sub for a semester first, but they truly want me here. I feel that I would have no trouble getting a job here. However, my husband begins medical school in less than 2 months…so that means relocating to a place where no one knows me or has seen me in action. All they have to go by are my letters of recommendation. And they politely and sweetly tell me that I can go ahead and apply if I want to, that they don’t want to discourage me, but my chances are super slim because there are so many ‘EXPERIENCED’ teachers. A mentor teacher told me not to listen to them – that this particular county tells every new teacher this to try to scare them away and if I remain persistent, I will be hired. However, I’m getting extremely discouraged.
They just called my house. My heart totally started pounding when I looked at the phone and saw who it was…I was like YES! FINALLY, THEY ARE CALLING TO SET UP AN INTERVIEW! But no, they are just calling to inform me that I don’t have to mail each bid sheet for each job – that they will start a packet for me and for me to just email bid sheets for each job…UGH. I mean, I guess at least they are acknowledging that I’m qualified for their positions now. I just feel like me always putting forth my best effort so I could “stand out” was completely pointless. I could have set back and made mediocre grades and been in the same exact place as I am now.
Post # 3
I understand how you feel. I just graduated also and am still looking for a job. Though not in education, I have a degree in social work, but I still get the your not qualified or don’t have enough experience e-mails. I also had to limit my search some as we’re moving to a new state in just under 5 months so it needs to be a job with minimal training/ not long term. While it does stink, just don’t give up hope, keep trying and you’re bound to find someone willing to give you a shot and help you build that experience up. Maybe start subbing in one of these new districts first, and then by this time next year they may be willing to hire you full time since they will have seen what you can do. Also maybe look into long time sub positions in nearby disctricts for teachers on maternity leave. Good luck in your job hunt!
Post # 4
I’m also from WV, and unfortunately right now it’s very hard to get an elementary job. My county posts tons of elementary jobs each year, but unfortunately those are filled by teachers that transfer or are rifted. Most of my friends have subbed for at least 2-4 years before they got permanet jobs. If you decide to get a specialization like Special Education you will get in pretty quickly. Some counties will even let you work on permit and will hire you to work in a sped classroom while you take classes to get your certification. I just finished my Masters with a Reading Specialist certification and I’m hoping I can bid into a Title 1 job this year. Good luck, and don’t get discouraged…your time will come. 🙂
Post # 5
It’s been difficult to get a job in elementary education for years, this is why I decided against going into the profession. Just keep trying.
Post # 6
Totallly not drying to discourage you but I graduated with my degree in ECE back in 2009. Straight A’s, all my placements loved me and would have hired me if they could. It’s 2012 and I haven’t had one teaching job.
Now of course I knew it would be tough getting a job in teaching, especially in this economy, in ohio, etc. But I didn’t think my years of work would mean years of waiting. BUt I love teaching, i love seeing those little minds turn on like lightbulbs. SO I wait and continue to apply to each and every job that comes around. I moved away from the districts that I student taught in and have to literally start fresh with new contacts.
Best advice I can give you, if you really love teaching and it’s really what you want to do, never give up. If you can’t find a permanent teaching job, consider teacher’s aide (although I’ve tried that and have been told too many times I’m over qualified because of my degree) and definitely subsitute in every district you are interested in. It gets your name out there. I’ll be subbing full time coming up in the fall in any and all classrooms, just trying to make a name for myself and hopefully leading to bigger and better things.
Good luck to you. A job is out there for you.
Post # 7
I’m in the same boat. Graduated in December but honestly subbing isn’t bad and neither is the pay. At least where I am from.
Post # 8
I’m a high school teacher, but I hear ya! When I finished college and applied for jobs, I was very lucky and got a position teaching at an alternative school. Maybe you can look into different schools — past just the regular public ones. Are there charter schools out there? Maybe also look in to commercial tutoring companies. I know that wouldn’t be ideal, but it might help pay the bills until you could find a permanent teaching job! Good luck!
Post # 9
Be patient, and persistent. This is the reality for all my students who are looking for teaching jobs, and has been for the last couple of years, and some of them haven’t found anything until the school year is about to start.
And if you have to sub for a while, that kind of sucks, but you get amazing experience, and the schools where you sub learn that they can rely on you.
Post # 10
In my district the average time to get on the supply list is a year. After that at least two years of long term supply jobs and then, if you are lucky, a part time contract position. Welcome to the world of teaching.
Post # 11
I am not a teacher but my sister is. She has been teaching in a Catholic elementary school for over 20 years. She has been trying to get into the public school system (for better pay and benefits) for at least 10 years. If she gets called for an onterview the districts tell her they won’t hire her because she has too much experience and they would have to pay her too much based on the teachers’ contract.
So a few years ago she went back for her Master’s degree in Special Education thinking that would give her an advantage. Well, $25,000 later, she still can’t get an interview. In addition, I have never seen such a ridiculous application process as teachers have to go through. She is so discouraged. And to make things even worse, the govenor of Pennsylvania (where we live) is slashing state aid to school districts. For example, in Harrisburg- our state capital- they are seriously entertaining the idea of getting rid of kindergarten and all music and sports programs and laying off teachers. Even then, there will be a 6 million dollar budget deficit.
On a side note, my son graduated from college with a degree in film and video in Dec. Despite more applications than we can count to any state in the country, he has had 1 interview. All applications have to be submitted online and he can’t even be sure anyone is even looking at it. And forget trying to place a phone call to follow up. Electronic communication only. Ridiculous!
This economy and job situation needs to change and SOON.
I wish you the best of luck in your job search.
Post # 12
@dayl20: I just want to tell you that I know it sucks but you just need to hang in there. I graduated with almost identically what you did and I decided to volunteer teach in Costa Rica. i came home and everyone that I graduated with had jobs, and I could not find one! I searched for a year in Chicago while being a nanny. I even applied in a rural area of Alaska in the middle of nowhere. I was just so down on myself. I know everyone tells you that it has nothing to do with you, and that is very hard to believe. I kept thinking it was me even with a 4.0 and excellent recommendations. Finally, I kept telling myself it was not me and after a while I started to believe it. I made an online portfolio and emailed each principal and every single school I applied at. Finally after a year as a long term sub (which led to nothing) and a year as a nanny I moved to colorado to teach. I was offered my dream position at an amazing school and the principal has told me that with all the apps she gets, she saw my email and clicked on the link to my portfolio and knew she had ti talk to me. She called me up, we did a phone interview, and offered me the job the next day. I guess what I am saying is that I know it absolutely sucks and no one can really say anything to help. You just need to remember that it is not you and if you are passionate and keep trying, it will happen. If you have any questions you can always message me and I think maybe if you make an online portfolio to really show what you can do, it may help! Just don’t give up! You can do it!
Post # 13
I feel ya! I am a high school theatre teacher…but it wasn’t a good time when I was looking for a job. I had pretty much the same qualifications as you have and I was seriously freaking out…I graduated during the Winter and obviously no one was hiring and Texas was going through some incredibly dramatic budget cuts. I was convinced that I had wasted so much money on a degree I couldn’t use for anything else. I ended up having to sub for 1/2 a year and then all of a sudden the job interviews started coming in with the new school year. I know it’s hard to believe, but you will find a job doing what you love if you remain dedicated to finding it. It might mean subbing for a year or being an assistant, but you will find what you are looking for. I highly recommend doing something to stay involved in any of the districts you are considering. If you don’t get a job this year, at least next year when you send out your resume it will show that you have some experience in the district…that extra line on your resume will be your new best friend.
Post # 14
Thanks for the encouragement =)
I definitely am not giving up because there’s no other career that would make me happy. I’ve already talked to the district representative about being a sub: she told me that the county had subs who had been subbing full time for a couple years and still could not get a full-time position. I’m fine with subbing – I’m just afraid that it won’t be a very reliable income. Those of you that subbed – did you have a second job in the evening? I’ve also considered working at a tutoring center. But, it definitely isn’t ideal. I just can’t wait to have my own classroom with my own group of students. =(
Post # 15
@dayl20: Ugh, I totally know what you’re going through. It was sooo hard and discouraging to get a job. i ended up taking an aid position for a corporation— that led to a few maternity leaves (in the same school)—- and that led to my full-time position.
For me it was all about making yourself known for going the extra mile, volunteering for basically anything possible ( volunteer positions, professional development whenever it is possible and helping out in ANY way). Basically a lot of booty kissing! Unfortunately, that all takes time.
If your heart is in it- stick with it. It meant a lot of sacrafice for me. I had to live at home for awhile and made next to nothing for quite some time. I also worked at a tutoring service in the evening/summer. It paid the bills, however, it was actually frowned upon by many principals that I interviewed with.
Post # 16
@dayl20: I was able to sub every single day and I made more than enough money to support myself and build up a savings, also if you can get into a long term position you make more. I had one and I made and extra $50 a day. I did not have a second job.
Now having said that what sucks about subbing is now…I’m unemployed…=[
Thankfully my Fiance does well enough that we can be ok for a little bit this way but as soon as we get back from the our honeymoon I will have to find something for the summer.