Post # 1
Dh has been a teacher for the last few years and laid off yet again. We are at the point where he has not had a steady job in 2 years. He is trying to figure out what he can do to make a living but is upset that he can’t get hired as a teacher. Are there any former teachers out there who have alternative career ideas or advice as to what may be hiring with his skills? Now that it is getting to the point where most teachers have been hired or school has started, we are stuck. He draws a blank every time I ask what else might he do and we are really getting stressed out financially. Any ideas or advice would be great!
Post # 4
Has he trying being a substitute? Sometimes that’s a good way to get to know principals and make a name for yourself. I was offered a permanent job when I subbed in class for a few days.
Post # 5
Where are you located? Some places are more inundated with teachers than others. And the worse the economy, the more challenging it can be to find a teaching job, as people are drawn to the stability of it.
Post # 6
I am in a very simliar situation, except I just can’t get a job period. I am subbing and getting my masters at the same time. I am well connected in two districts around here but there just hasn’t been even an opening, so I am hoping to strengthen the connections I have by subbing. A lot of times when you aren’t in the school, someone new comes along and it is harder to get a job.
If that isn’t an option for you (subbing) I would look at what his interests are and going back to the drawing board.Maybe look at adding a second endorsement or getting licensed in another state…
if you need someone to talk to you can PM me for some support too.. Im going through the exact same thing and it is tough
Post # 7
That is unfortunate and frustrating, I’m sure. Would it be possible for him to add to his certifications? Possibly special education, since they seem to be hiring more frequently. Otherwise, he might want to consider looking for tutoring options. The pay can be pretty decent, depending on the region you’re in. Good Luck!!
Post # 8
I don’t know where you’re located but some of my friends who have leFt teaching have been able to find jobs with curriculum companies and text book companies. With the common core curriculum coming out they are revamping a lot of stuff. Another option is always to go back to school for special ed or ESL. Or even adult Ed, I know two teachers who do that at night. It’d be a good way to network.
Post # 9
Do you have flexibility with your job? Is overseas teaching an option? I teach overseas and love it.
Post # 10
I am a teacher and it took me two years to find a classroom position…AND I have a SpEd degree. I subbed one year, then worked as an assistant the next….FWIW, the assistant job didn’t pay much, but I got to make more connections that way. Although, the school that I originally subbed at is the one that I got a classroom position in. So both were good experiences, but since I worked with the same people every day, I got to know them a little better.
Has he thought about a private school? A friend of mine teaches at one and she does not have a teaching certificate, so he could possibly teach out of endorsement if he were so inclined.
Post # 11
When I was job searching, I was having the same problem finding a teaching position. I started looking for positions that were more in the social service realm. I was actually offerred a position last December which would have entailed me working with youth in high school, but not teaching. It paid prob as much as a first year teacher’s salary, but it was something. I actually ended up turning it down for unrelated reasons, but otherwise would have taken it. Also, I read that many times anything that has the word “trainer” in the title might be a good match for teachers. For example, I was offered another job for a “life skills trainer” working with special needs population, but it didn’t pay enough for me to be able to afford day care, otherwise would have taken it. I lookd on craigslist, indeed.com and idelaist.org.