(Closed) Moving cross-country– no job lined up! Concerned.

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1112 posts
Bumble bee

justwondering2015:  Sounds like quite a change!

I would get on the sub list for any schools/districts near you and start networking. It may take a few years for something full time to open up. Building up that network is hard to do. Since your inlaws are in the area, perhaps there is an opportunity for them to help. Maybe they know a teacher/vice principal/principal and can connect you?

As for it snowing half the year – this is really no big deal (Canadian here!) Just make sure you have snow tires on your car between November & April. Driving in the snow is not as scary as everyone makes it out to be. I’m 30, grown up in Canada, and never spun out or been in an accident in the winter (knock on wood).

Post # 3
47195 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

justwondering2015:  Even though you want to take some time off, I would submit your applications as soon as your credentials are transferred.  It would be unfortunate if, when you decide to start looking for work, you find out they filled a great position the month previous.

You also need to make a list of your transferable skills. Just because you are a teacher,it doesn’t mean you can’t use those skills elsewhere. Teachers have skills in so many areas, people skills, management and motivation, organization, numeracy and literacy.

Good organisational skills are essential in the classroom. You must be able to think on your feet, do several things at once and communicate effectively. Time management, flexibility, independence, self-reliance, team working and sensitivity to the needs of others are likely to be areas of strength.


Post # 4
408 posts
Helper bee

I’d take a second look at teaching online. I also teach history (and also in a rural area) and have had a lot of luck with both online high schools and curriculum design. CD is contract work and often paid by the unit so not the most reliable, but it would be something related to your field. The other major upside is that they tend not to care where you are or where your credentials are from so long as you have the experience. My other suggestion would be to look into alternate forms of education, like adult ed, community education, library programs, etc.

If you do decide you are interested in something other than teaching, don’t count your teaching experience as nothing! I’ve been able to market myself really well as a teacher because I have strong management, communication, and organizational skills, and clearly with a teaching background I can work well under pressure and handle a multitude of personalities! Many companies and positions are more open to hiring teachers than many people think.

Post # 7
3229 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Have you considered teaching classes online?  Everything from 1st grade to PhD is offered online these days.  This may solve your problem and even allow you to ease back into working part-time while writing and dealing with your illness.  

Post # 8
197 posts
Blushing bee

I don’t have any advice for you as to the teaching aspect, but I imagine you know your field and your idea of being a sub sounds like a nice way to get your name out there.

I just wanted to say that a 30 to 40 minute commute is really not that bad should you need to do it.  That’s pretty standard in any city. Highway driving is so much better than city driving too.

Post # 9
7910 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Maybe by the time you’re ready to work more, you’ll be moving again. Maybe you’ll stumble upon your dream job once you’re there. You never know. I bet it will all work out for the best. 

Don’t feel limited to teaching in schools. Within healthcare are a lot of opportunities that don’t necessarily require clinical experience. Your teaching skills apply to lots of different things. Good luck! 

Post # 10
587 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

justwondering2015:  I moved acorss country without a job prospect. I also was a teacher; however, I did not want to continue it. I still pursued it as much as possible, while still looking at other opportunities. As long as you have some cushion of money, you will be fine. A job will come along and you will be just fine. 

I moved to Chicago, which is going through a bad public school budgeting crisis, so that probably isn’t the best situation to walk into. it all depends on where you are and what you want to do. In or out of the classroom, you will be fine and find something that you enjoy.

Post # 11
2171 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would definitely get on the sub list, that’s a great way to get to know the schools and see which place you could see yourself if/when you’re ready to go back to full time teaching. Who knows, maybe you get a chance to sub at a school that you end up really liking with a staff you enjoy and you decide to go back to work sooner than anticipated because you’re excited about it. Positive vibes for you and your upcoming move!

Post # 12
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

justwondering2015:  For what it’s worth, my Future Sister-In-Law works at a local teaching hospital helping to coordinate education plans and the like for chronically ill kids.  I am 99.99% sure she was a teacher first and she really likes what she does.  Lots of seriously ill or chronically ill students miss school and potentially require accommodation/assistance and coordination.  It couldn’t hurt to look into something like that.  Good luck!!

Post # 13
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I don’t know if this would count for your state or situation. But we moved a few months ago-the job hunt was slow for me, and I found out that because I quit my job to move with my husband for his job transfer, I was eligible for unemployment from the state we used to live in.  I used it for 6 weeks until I’d found and started a job. It really helped in the interim. 

Post # 14
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I know you have to wait for your credentials to transfer but I would seriously look into a more in demand area of teaching such as English or Spec Ed.  In my state, I only have to take to PRAXIS II for that subject to add the cert.  Then when a SS position opens up, you can put in a transfer request for that position.  SS is pretty much the least in demand field in education, unfortunately.  

While waiting for your credentials to transfer or another position to open, I would sub.  That’s how I got my current position and got to know the staff where I work now.  

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