Post # 1
Hey bees. My name is Kristina and I am new here. I have lots of questions and things to share wedding related but decided to make my first post about my current job situation. Seeing other posts has given me hope that some of you with more experience and wisdom can help me through this peculiar position I am in.
A little bit of background information: I am young! My fiance is relatively young as well. We got engaged back in March and I moved to my fiance’s city (3 hours away) about 5 months ago. Since I moved, it has been a struggle to find work. I graduated with a psychology degree just to graduate and did not really plan out my future with it well. I naively thought I could get a marketing or desk job but I lack experience. I was stupid to say the least. Recently, I got signed onto a charter school to be a math teacher (or so I thought). I was ready to teach 5th grade math and thought that the 41k was great starting salary!
Fast foward to now. Turns out I will be teaching 8th grade lit. The school shifted me last minute after I signed my contract. Unfortunately my subject was not listed in my contract. I am so bummed out. Planning a wedding long distance is hard but now it seems like my weekends are going to be consumed with lesson planning and reading books and getting a teaching license (another thing they decided to not tell me until after I signed the contract). Lesson planning for 5th grade math is less work than 8th grade lit and I did not plan to devote so much time to reading material and introducing it to a higher level student body. Additionally, I work 10 hours a day, 50 hours a week and get a 20 minute lunch break. I am exhausted and being at school at 7 am is kind of messing with my Crohn’s medication schedule.
I am in a rough position because I want to be self-sufficient. I want my fiance and I to both have income coming in. But, this teaching job is less than ideal and I am bummed I work so much during the week and still have to take work home with me. Am I making a huge mistake? I never wanted to be a teacher. I am just taking this position for the money at this point. Additionally, they haven’t even talked to me about days off. The school is in session the week before my wedding and I might have to stay back to grade papers instead of heading home for a week like I originally planned. The last day of school is the day before my wedding. Am I making a huge mistake? This is the last week of my 3 week orientation week then we are getting to the real teaching after christmas break. I am so scared this job is going to end up being like my psychology degree. In the end I got a degree (or money) but it is not investing in my future in any way.
Above all else, I just am not good at teaching. I do think it is not a good fit.. It’s a random fit.
Post # 3
kikilo: You haven’t even started your job yet and you have already decided you don’t like teaching?
What did you think your degree was going to qualify you to do?
Most people’s first job is less than ideal, so you have lots of company there. This will also be a learning experience for you. Have you never applied for or held a job before? From this experience you will learn to ask more questions, get things nailed down in your job description and contract, and negotiate time off you need after you are offered the job, but before you have accepted.
Do a good job with this position and it will start your resume off in great style. It will show that you are flexxible, creative and have transferable skills.
Post # 4
kikilo: I’d stick it out for 1-2 years and then only quit if you have another good job lined up.
Post # 5
I’m going to apparently go against the grain here.
would you want your child being taught by someone who’s heart isn’t in it, who hates the job, is only in it for the money, and who can’t focus on anything but how miserable she is? If it were another type of job, I’d say stick it out, but you have THE FUTURE in your hands, that you could fuck up for dozens of kids.
You can find a half dozen jobs that you could just deal with for a year or two, that don’t involve screwing up impressionable kids. A bachelor’s degree will get your foot in the door at dozens of jobs. I work in the office of an apartment community, and you don’t even have to have a degree to do that. A bachelor’s will propel you faster than a high school diploma.
Truthfully, I can’t even understand why a school would hire someone to teach 5th grade math OR 8th grade literature when they just have a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I must be missing something here.
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Post # 7
I think you should sign up with a temp agency. Looking for a job is a fulltime job but and you’re got to be open since you don’t have experience. This job doesn’t sound like a fit but whatever path you take, most likely you’re going to have to endure the shitty jobs, bosses etc. to learn what you want and don’t want. My 1st job I was a mess- my manager stole commissions from me, I worked 60-90 hours a week, my second job I was openly bullied by managers and peers, I was thrown under the bus for stupid trivial things and my last job I worked for a small company filled with chauvinist douches that treated me like I was a child. I’m starting my dream job soon and I absolutly would not have gotten the offer without the experiences from the other positions. The experiences taught me how to solve my own problems, deal with all types of people, how to play the politics, who I want to be as a leader- and who I don’t 🙂 and of course, honing my trade skills. Find your passion because people will recognize that and it carried me to this job- even through all the bullshit.