- 3 years ago
So, as I’m sure my last several posts have revealed, I’m moving cross-country because my husband got a new job. He has family where we’re moving, as he’s from there, so it’s not a huge shock to our system. It was the best thing for him because he wanted to retire from the military before his next war-zone tour, and he wanted to stop having to deploy and not be with me.
It’s going to be really good for me too because I’m burned out on teaching, want to take a year off to write and work on my chronic illness and pain, and just “nest” for a little while.
But… it’s a rural area, with only a few schools that I can reasonably commute to when I do decide I want to work again. The closest one is 10 minutes away, but the other two are 30-40 minutes away, and it snows half the year.
I’m a teacher, and I’m coming from an area in the country where there are 6-7 big school districts I could reasonably commute to if I needed to find a job.
Up there, teacher turnover looks to be pretty low in my subject area (history), and I’m still trying to get my credentials transferred, so adding another subject area right now is impossible.
Though I’m taking some time off, I’m worried that when I’m ready to go back, there’s not going to be an option open for me.
I have a BA in History and an MEd in Social Studies Education/Curriculum and Instructional Leadership. Where I’m moving (Eagle River, WI) most of the open jobs are in the nursing and health care sector, or construction-related positions. I don’t exactly want to take a job as a cashier at Petsmart or a grocery store. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but I just don’t think I’d be stimulated by it.
I figured I’d get on as a sub at the three area schools (they pay about $90-110 a day depending on the school), maybe get my name out there, but I’m worried that nothing is going to open up. What can I do if teaching up there is pretty much impossible? I’m worried that no one is going to want to hire a teacher for other work than teaching, because I just have no experience.
And most of the “work from home” ideas I’ve heard of have come up totally empty (teaching online, transcribing, and I refuse to become involved in multi-level marketing). What would you ladies do?
DH’s income isn’t nothing, but to maintain our standard of living, I’m going to need to do something.