Post # 1
Ok, let me start by saying I LOVE TEACHING (or thought I did before today)!! I graduated from college last May at age 20 (now 21)–yes, I graduated a year early by taking full semester course loads each summer. I interned last year in a kindergarten class and while I had some struggles, I ABSOLUTELY ADORED IT! Now I’m teaching 3 year old preschoolers at a very nice daycare because of the current job market. I just had a job interview today and completely bombed it. It was for a 2nd grade long-term substitute position for the rest of the school year, at a charter school (a very non-traditional one). The interview was awful…I just have a feeling 🙁
Now, I miss the actual TEACHING part of my degree. I KNOW I have a VERY important job now (being a secondary adult caregiver 8 hours a day to precious children and helping them learn about the world), but I can’t help but desire all the stuff I learned to do in college (I’m technically certified to teach K-6), such as specifically teaching kids reading techniques or cool ways to learn multiplication tables…stuff like that. I know this may sound silly to those of you who aren’t teachers, but I really am wondering if I’ll ever get a public school teaching job. Fiance is interning in 2nd grade right now (graduating this may), and I HATE FEELING THIS WAY but I have to admit I’m envious that he’s doing so well (parents have already called the principal saying they are impressed–I love him for being the kind of guy who can teach 7 year olds :)). I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy for him that he isn’t struggling like I was, but it is a little discouraging on my end.
And I really really love my little kids at work. I work 7am-3pm and honestly FIFTEEN 3 year olds can be frustrating and exausting but I LOVE them all so much. I just feel kinda bummed that I apparently suck at the job (elem. school) that I was trained to do in college. Hopefully this all made some sense.
Anyway, I just REALLY needed to vent…I’m trying to look at it positively– I will throw myself into my current job because I really do love my babies. I will be the best dang preschool teacher I can be! And I’m thankful to have any sort of job!
Post # 3
Having a crappy interview and sucking at a job are two totally different things. What went wrong in the interview? I’m in teacher’s college right now, and things are similar with the job market where I live. Just do your best with your job right now and keep going with the interviews. It’s hard to be underemployed, but you will get there! Is there any way you could volunteer at a local school? Even just a few hours a week?
Post # 4
Wait, why do you think that you “suck at the job”?
Are you certified to teach public school? If not, you might think about using this time to go back and get a certification (since it’s not a bad time to be a student!).
Well, you know, in many cities, you’re right–it’s just a bad time for job searching (DH is a public school teacher, and luckily tenured, but he’s got sort of a more inside view)–some districts just aren’t hiring new teachers; others are going so far as firing. So it’s probably not YOU, it’s just a crummy moment.
So yes, be thankful that you have a job, and do it well (because you’re going to need the recommendations for when you DO leave!) and just keep your eye out. Something WILL come around–maybe not today or this week, but it’ll happen. You’re not at risk of starving and you are at least working in a related field; just keep the faith.
Post # 5
@Brianalaura: This is true, but I’ve been to several interviews with the same outcome (even one for a teacher assistant position where I drove an hour in a legit flood lol). I know it can take awhile and lots of interviews but it is so frustrating. I just want to be given a chance!
Post # 6
@JennyW1: Thank you 🙂 I guess I don’t “suck” in reality its just what it feels like to me. Even though the economy is the way it is, our university wasn’t very realistic and I guess I wasn’t prepared for it to be this hard. It will be better (financially) after we get married and I really do love my children I have now. And yes, I am certified to teach in public schools, I guess there’s just lots of teachers who have been laid off and have more experience who are looking for jobs right now.
Post # 7
Keep plugging away at it. You should also maybe consider having friends or your Fiance coach you. You need to critique your interview honestly. What went wrong? What could you have done differently?
Additionally it is quite important to network. If you have been recommended to a principal in advance by someone he/she knows and likes, that reduces the pressure substantially. They are far more likely to overlook mistakes you might make.
Post # 8
I don’t think you suck at what your trained to do. You said it youself, that school is nontraditional, so maybe you aren’t meant to teach at that type of school. But that doesn’t mean you can’t teach at any school!
Post # 9
Um… so are we twins??? 🙂
I graduated in December, with my K-6 cert. I subbed, TSSed, and I am currently teaching 3 year olds at a very good preschool too. I have been on 3 public school interviews, and I know how frustrating it can be. For real, it’s tough to get a job in a market that is struggling, but also still SO competitive. So, it’s really not you. 🙂
But there is hope! I just got a job on Tuesday to be a gifted teacher/district sub. It’s only until the end of the year, but it’s something. But, in all honesty, I NEVER would have gotten the job unless FI’s mom didn’t happen to know the lady who hired me and recommended she interview me. I’m finding it’s ALL about networking and who you know who can put in good words for you.
So, maybe start networking! Do you know any teachers in local districts? Does anyone in your family know anyone who can help get you an interview?
Post # 10
@piglet_625: AHHH Maybe we are twins haha. Funny thing, my FI’s mom also hooked me up with a job interview for a public school pre-k job (so the pay would be wayyy better). BUT I found out its a federally funded program, so I would have to be certified B-K 🙁
Its good to know I’m not alone!! and congrats on your new job 🙂
Post # 11
@JennBug89: Haha… well if your FI’s mom is trying to get you interviews then we must be twins! And that’s interesting that you would need the B-K cert. In PA we have a program called Head Start (which is public school preschool) and you can have K-6 cert to work in it. Maybe it varies from program to program?
Post # 12
I am a teacher and I completely understand that you miss the classroom; it is a job like any other.
It sounds to me like you’re a strong teacher but could use some help with interviewing. At the university I went to, they had opportunities twice per year where future teachers could come to campus to have mock interviews with real public school administrators. This was really helpful to me and helped me to land the position I currently have.
Even if this isn’t a service available to you, you could always contact your local university’s career center to set up a mock interview where they can give you tips on what you can do better. Where I went to school, this was available to anyone in the community, not just students.
Good luck; don’t get discouraged!!
Post # 13
Don’t get discouraged! It’s the job market. I’m pretty sure there were 100 or more people interviewing for the job.
Keep working on your skills and once more position open up, you’ll have a job! 🙂
Post # 14
Can you go back to school for some sort of specialization? (speech pathology, special ed, etc)
It’s not just the current job market, elementry ed teachers have been “a dime a dozen” for a while now, even when the economy was doing great. The economy is making it even worse because schools are cutting their budgets and therefore cutting teachers.
Post # 15
I’m sure you don’t “suck” as much as you think you do (or not at all for that matter) and we all have days where we feel like this. You have to remember that as a teacher and a daycare provider I would assume, there are so many things that you have to relinquish control/ownership of since they are out of your control.
Also, many many teachers have to take jobs that aren’t exactly what they want at the beginning. Eventually, you will have the right combination of experience and timing that will get you your dream job!
Post # 16
Ugh I feel very similar. I graduate this May and I’m interning in a large district and it is SO discouraging to know that pretty much no new teachers are going to be hired this upcoming year. With the budget cuts happening right now in the state of Texas it is very scary to think that they are getting rid of teachers and wanting to up the class sizes to save money. 2 teachers and a few paraprofessionals found out that they won’t have a job next year and there is no way the district can place them in another classroom because there are no classrooms to place them in.
Like you I’ve started looking into various charter and private childcare facilities in the area just to have a job. It makes me sad thinking of all the money and time spent to get this degree and have little to no options to utilize it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to be applying like crazy because I have to have a glimmer of hope, but I’m not going to get my hopes up.
Good luck in your job search!