Tired of looking for a job!

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  1. MissE

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    I live in Pittsburgh, Pa and job opportunities in elem ed. around here are hard to come by. I have been out of school for two years now. I am getting sick of having to work two jobs to pay bills and still not being able to live on my own! I am really frustrated and I don't know what to do. I've always said that I will never relocate because I don't want to leave my family behind, but I'm beginning to think that it may be my only option. I am currently working in a fourth grade classroom as a "co-teacher" which means that I am basically an instructional aide with a glorified title. I love my job. But I want my own classroom, and a salary position. I have started to research areas of North Carolina and Virginia. I am really scared to move so far on my own. Anyone from these areas care to share how they feel about thier jobs??? I am in need of desperate need of advice. I don't know anyone from either area so I'm totally left in the dark. :confused:
     
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    Have you looked outside the Pittsburgh area? My first position was 30 minutes from my family. Not bad. I was able to get an apartment close to work, yet I was still close to home. You could apply within a few hours of home and not feel so far away.
     
  4. MissE

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    It's difficult in PA period. This area is a really great place to teach. Teachers unions, high salaries, etc. I just don't know where to move to thats going to be easier to get a job, and a place that I will enjoy. But then again I guess no one can really tell me that it's up for me to decide.
     
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    I am in the same boat MissE. I am in eastern Ohio and there are no jobs here either. Even if there were any they pay close to nothing. I am relocating to Virginia where they NEED teachers. I went to a job fair in Va last month and already recieved a job offer from Richmond though I really want something closer to Virginia Beach. I don't know anyone in Va, but at least I will have my husband, son and cats with me. My sister lives in Pittsburgh Pa and she was lucky enough to land a great job in a good school a year after she graduated. Good luck to you.
     
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    I wish you the best of luck.

    N. Carolina is a great place to teach. They have the second best pension plan in the U.S. for teachers and the cost of living is pretty low (rent for as low as $450).
    I did not know that Virginia had a teacher shortage. How is the pay there?
     
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    It seems like the pay is fair in regards to the cost of living. Richmond starts at $35,000. It seems that most districts are between 32000 and 36000.
     
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    You are fortunate that your husband and son don't mind moving. I have suggested to my family that we move to Virginia so I can get a job, but my teenage kids don't want to hear it.
     
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    Miss E.-I totally feel your pain. I am in SW Ohio (Cincinnati area) and the market is TERRIBLE here too. :( I am currently doing the charter school circuit-not fun-until I find my "dream job." Except I don't really know what that is anymore-ha-ha!! Anyhoo, have you considered Atlanta, GA? My brother lived down there for several years and loved it. I know they too are in desperate need of teachers, and I believe you could find a good job pretty easily. Whatever you do, don't give up! You will find what you are looking for eventually. Good luck!! -Meri
     

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