Post # 1
Currently, I go to school and work part-time at a daycare. I’m a year away from a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.
This Fall, I’m set to student teach for a year and graduate in May. I have to be at the elementary school for as long as my collaborating teacher is there – from 7-3:30 or so. Because of this, I won’t be able to work at the daycare anymore. I only have a month until this starts. I haven’t told the daycare this yet, and was planning to wait and give 3 weeks notice.
This week, my amazing, wonderful coworker switched rooms and her full-time position became available. Since I’m the part-time assistant in the room already, if I asked for the job, it’s basically a guarantee that I would get it. I’d make about 15k, which isn’t much, but there’s a lot of growth potential and yearly raises.
Obviously I can’t do both at one time, and I’m so, so, so torn as to what I should do. Staying at the daycare and asking for the job would mean more money now. On the other hand, I’m a year away from finishing my Bachelor’s. Teaching jobs are extremely hard to come by around here, though (there are currently only 19 openings available in the whole, highly populated county). There is a very good chance I won’t be able to find a job next year.
I think I know what all of you are going to tell me to do, but I still want to hear your thoughts and opinions.
Post # 3
I just finished my masters in special education, and I would really recommend you finish your degree. Programs change, licensure requirements change, I really think you would be smart to finish your degree while you’re there. You can always go back to the daycare and see what is available if you can’t find a permanent career, but I would never choose a 15k daycare job over having a degree and what that gives you. I understand your hesitation, but you have put all that time and work in, why stop now?
Post # 4
Could you take the full-time job, and go to school part time? That would give you the best of both worlds. 🙂
Post # 5
Finish school! You’re so close, and you’ll put yourself so behind. You might not ever finish once you realize you can’t quit that job!
Post # 6
@roweboat: I can’t. I’m student teaching in August, so I’m either in the classroom full-time or not “in school” (I don’t have any classes left, but it’s still part of my program) at all.
Post # 7
I would finish your degree! I have worked in a similar position in daycare and I eventually decided to go back to school to get certified. In the 5 years that I worked there, positions would come open all the time. More than likely, your daycare would still be hiring when you finish school (if you don’t find a teaching job). I definitely have no regrets!
Post # 8
I say finish school! The job market in teaching will have its ups and downs. Don’t let the job market scare you. With a degree you will always be able to teach anywhere. And your pay will be so much more. In the long run you will have a lot more flexibility should you ever decide to leave the classroom. You are so close. You can do it!
BTW what county are you in? I taught in Georgia for 10 years and always found a job easily.
Post # 9
Definitely get the degree. Working in a daycare isn’t really something that will keep you happy long-term I don’t think.
Post # 10
@mepayne: I worked in Early Childhood Education.
DON’T DO IT!
Everyone in my center was desperate to do Elementary Education! Definitely do it!
You can work in ECE any time… Elementary Ed is WAY harder to get into!
Post # 11
Random note: You do a full year of student teaching? I’m envious. We only do a semester here, and I feel a year would be so much more beneficial.
Now on to the topic at hand: Finish your degree. You’re so close. There are teachers retiring every year or going on to other jobs, so there will be openings, even if it seems like a few. If you’re desperate you can always look at other districts and parts of the state. And if you don’t find a teaching job, I bet the place you work now would take you back in some position. If not, then there is always subbing and other education positions to get your foot in the door with a district or school.
And if some of this stress is about not working for a year, why not find a different job? If you’re like me and not wanting a weekend service industry job, maybe you can find a nannying position after school? That sticks with something you’re familiar with.
Hang in there and push through! The year will go by quickly and you’ll have your degree in hand, which will open up so many more opportunities.
Post # 12
FInish school! You’re almost there.
Post # 13
Maybe just stick with finishing school 🙂
Post # 14
@MrsWishyWashy: Cobb/Cherokee area.
@bowsergirl: It’s part-time for 10 weeks (mid-August through October) and full-time after that… but basically, yes. You spend the whole year with the same teacher, which can either be amazing or terrible. I think it’s something that only my university does.
Post # 15
@mepayne: Strange, but really nice! I love that I get to student teach in the fall (actually… in two weeks, eek!) and graduate in December because I get to be a part of the prep and first day of school. I feel like the traditional model of student teaching in the spring semester only is so detrimental because those first few weeks are really the most critical and most student teachers don’t get to see that. It’s great that you do!
So yeah, finish your degree now. 🙂
Post # 16
@bowsergirl: I really just… don’t want to. I understand that I should (and I probably will), but school is miserable, there’s a huge chance I won’t get a job without going hours away from home, and don’t even get me started on the public school system. I love the daycare, and I’m happy there. I’ve been saying all summer that I hoped this wouldn’t come up because I would hate to make the decision, but it happened and it really makes me wonder.