Post # 1
So I recently posted about an interview that went really well for a 5th grade teaching position at a school about 45-50 minutes away. The interview went really well and the board is meeting tonight to make their decision, so I should expect a call sometime tonight. I was SOO excited. But yesterday, I received a call for another position close to home and they wanted to interview me today. AND THEY OFFERED ME THE JOB! It’s at a great middle school, but it’s only an interventionist position (which basically translates to a tutor). I’d have no benefits, no paid days off, and would work 6 hours a day for $25 an hour until about Christmas, then it would drop to I think 5 hours a day after that. But it’s seriously 5 minutes from my house.
I’m just really confused with what to do. One is a full-time teaching position with benefits, but it is a long drive on a dangerous road. And I live in WV, so winter will be an issue. However, I’d be working with 5th graders and I’m certified elementary K-6. The interventionist position is at one of the top middle schools in the state, but it is not an actual teaching position. I wouldn’t get paid sick days or be offered health insurance or anything, but the pay would be at least similar to a first year teacher’s salary in WV.
I have to make a decision and let the principal at the middle school know today about the interventionist position and I’m just really overwhelmed. Advice?
Post # 3
I don’t have any good advice, but if you rely on a faith, I would take some time and ask God to help guide you in this life altering decision.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@dayl20: Could the middle school job have the potential to turn into something better within a year or two? I work within a 10 minute drive of my home and I absolutely love it. All that extra time on the road would go against your salary at the 5th grade teaching job. But benefits and vacation days are nothing to scoff at.
Write down a list of pros and cons of each job. Hopefully that will help put each job into perspective so you can figure out which one is best for you.
Post # 5
Are you able to get health insurance through another source? Can you afford to work 5-6 hours a day (instead of full time)? If yes, I personally would take the job closer to your house.
Can the interventional position turn into a teaching position?
Post # 6
You can figure out what gas would cost you to drive to the further one, and what health insurance would cost you at the closer one. Once you have an actual take-home pay for each it’ll be easier to compare.
Also don’t be afraid to ask for more time to consider them or negotiate your pay. Be honest that you have another offer with both of them. The worst that happens is they say “no, that’s all we can offer you.” Ask for more money to pay for gas from the further one, or more vacation since you’re afraid of winter weather. Ask for money to make up for healthcare from the closer one, etc.
I’d take the further one as it sounds like a better career long-term, but I don’t know the teaching market well. You need to figure out your long-term goals and how each of them would fit.
Post # 7
I say write Cons and Pros…
I see you’re already married.. do you have children? If so, the second option would be better. And although you would start as a tutor, if you are good at what you do… this can change in less than a year.
I say that to your husband, so see if he can help out if there comes an issue with you getting sick or w/e… Do not get pregnant until you work with benefits/insurance…. or try to get insurance through your husband.
🙂 GOOD LUCK!
Post # 8
I would take the full time position, definitely.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest
Take the teaching FT position and get good winter tires!
Post # 10
I would take the FT job. It seems like a more stable position.
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
Not knowing much about your needs/wants, I would take the full time teaching position. I’m guessing you actually want to teach, since you’re certified? It would be mor elong term and great experience, if you’re just starting out. I know a lot of teachers who have had a hard time finding a job– congrat on having options!
Post # 12
@beachbride1216: The middle school position would most likely lead to a full-time teaching position either at the school or another school within the county. The problem is my husband is in medical school, and for 3rd and 4th years we will have to relocate and I’ll have to find a teaching position all over again. So I’m mainly trying to make a decision that would benefit me the most for my future. I feel like an actual teaching position would look better on my resume and help make it easier to get a teaching position when we move, but it is a long drive.
@Meant2Bee: Thank you. I’ve been praying and hopefully I will make the right choice.
@MrsBeck: The only other option for insurance for me would be through my husband’s insurance, which is extremely expensive. (He has to have this insurance where he’s in med school. We haven’t been able to afford adding me to his insurance on my sub salary, so insurance is definitely a big deal for me. The interventionist position can potentially lead to a teaching position next year, but I won’t be in the area anymore anyway.
@almostmrsj: I asked for more time to decide when I went in for my interview today and the principal told me that he understood, but that they really need to have my decision today so they can go forward and find someone else if I’m not interested. This position was supposed to be filled several weeks ago, so it’s causing the school to fall behind.
Post # 13
@dayl20: if you did the interventionist job could you supplement with a PT job? That could assist you in getting benefits, and making up any salary differential.
Nevermind what I said about the Long term stuff, just read that you won’t be in the area anymore.
Post # 14
@dayl20: First of all, CONGRATS on two job prospects that’s awesome. If I were you I’d take the full time position thats farther away. I live in a large city in Canada where long commutes AND treacherous winter roads are common, so perhaps that is why those two factors aren’t a deal breaker for me. Get good winter tires, they make such a big difference! Personally, I would prefer the stability that a full time position with benefits has to offer. With your recent reply, it also sounds like the teaching position may be what is best for you in the long run– especially if you will have to relocate, I def agree that that the teaching position on your resume will make it a lot easier to find another teaching job. Good luck and congrats again!
Post # 15
@Mrs. Gremmlin: I do actually want to teach. I feel that the interventionist position wouldn’t leave me feeling satisified or accomplished. I am very blessed to have options! =) I actually subbed all of last year with no luck at all and thought I was going to be stuck subbing all this year, so it’s definitely a good problem to have, lol.
I just wish I had more time to make a decision. I feel like the logical thing to do would be take the position at the school close to my apartment, but my heart is telling me to take the position at the long-distance school. I’m not really prepared to work with 7th and 8th graders either – I’m certified in elementary education. So I’d feel confident in the 5th grade classroom.
Post # 16
A few teacher friends of mine are having the most difficult time finding full time teaching jobs right now. They are all acting as subs, some working more often than others.
I think if you have the opportunity for a full time teaching job you should take it. It will look better on your resume and definitely will help to get another position in the future. Especially if you will be relocating in a year then you only have 9 months of commuting (until summer break next july)