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Old 11-08-2011, 05:30 PM
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What else can I do with an education degree?

I'm so frustrated right now that I'm in tears. I'm tired of subbing and having it go nowhere. I'm in my third year as a permanent sub in a district where that position doesn't lead to anything, not even leave replacements. Without previous lead replacement experience, I'm not looked at by any principal for leave replacement positions. Without leave replacement experience, I'm not looked at for full-time positions.

I'm tired of being "just a sub". I'm tired of never having any money, no matter how hard I put everything I earn away to save because my student loans are through the roof. I'm tired of having a car that breaks down, but that I can't afford to replace so I just have to deal with it. I'm tired of not having my own health benefits, so that I have to go on state health insurance and pay $400 a month. I'm tired of being on state insurance because I can't earn over $2,200 a month or else it gets cut, and I'm tired of being stuck at a job just because it pays less than that. And I'm tired of being so frustrated that I cry everyday.
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:40 PM
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If you find out let me know! I am pretty much in the exact position. This is my 4th year in a district and I have worked myself up the ranks from a ta and have done several leave replacements. Right now I am subbing. It's so hard to even come by jobs that it's ridiculous. I am extremely broke, have no health insurance, and have student loan bills every month that I can't pay.

Even though I have done leave replacements, it doesn't help because my district never replaces teachers that retire. Every other interview I have gone on in other districts seems like they always have other people in mind. It really sucks and it all seems pretty hopeless to me. I'm moving out of state next year alone because I can't stand to do this again next year.
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:46 PM
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Do you have an actual education degree or is it a liberal studies degree?

Even so, you can rewrite your resume so that you are more marketable for non teaching jobs. (I can PM you my resume so to give you an idea. I went to a career counsler through the university that I attended and we spent an hour reworking my resume so that I can gear it towards any other job- currently looking around for office type jobs).

Have you looked on Craigslist for education jobs? On there I find that you can apply for jobs where you work with kids, but not necessarily for a school district. That's how I obtained my homeschooling position.

Have you also looked at Charter and private schools?
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:01 PM
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So frustrating...I feel your pain as well! Long Island is just crazy! I graduated in 2005! Did a lot of leave replacements and doing 1 now that ends at Thanksgiving. Interviewed for a January one this week- but who knows. My district hasn't hired anyone in 8 years, they just excess people and that seems to be the trend at many places...I always wish that I was just 4 years older! LOL I feel like we wouldn't have to deal with this.

I'm also with playing 'russian roulette' by not shelling out the $400/month for Healthy NY, I did it for a year but its just too much.

I have a friend that was excessed after 11 years in her district- I do feel bad for myself, but really I feel worse for her- her district is going to take 3-4 years to call her back as they layed off A LOT of people above her (going back to 18years of teaching) and in the mean time, its going to be very hard to find a district that will hire someone on that step with all the credits she has.

Just keep trucking along!
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:44 PM
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Try government jobs and tutoring.
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:41 PM
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I'm so sorry LMichele. I can partially empathize with you, and even that little bit I've gone through is rough enough. As far as other things you can do with a degree, I'm told that, surprisingly, a lot of business/marketing jobs love hiring education majors. My friend started a consulting job instead of subbing after graduation and now has no intention of teaching in the near future.

BUT...I know what you really want is it teach, from seeing other posts of yours and your frustration in this post. I live in the Philly area. It's pretty rough here to, but I have a feeling it's even worse in NY. I have been lucky enough to get a leave replacement position this year, but I feel it is just that...luck. It is the school I student taught in 2 years ago, I know the teacher who is out and I know the HR person. I'm sure that eventually, because you are clearly so passionate, something will happen - as SICK as I sure you are of hearing that! I am too! But I think it will happen! Hang in there if you can.

On a side note - I was able to get a forbearance on my loans for a year since I cannot afford to pay them. I got it a year after I started paying them - it has no affect on your credit. Have you looked into that? It could slightly ease the financial burden...
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:56 AM
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What else to do w/ an education degree? That's the million dollar question! Unfortunately, one is pretty limited to teaching & tutoring type jobs, when you have a bachelors in it. If you have a Masters or PhD in Education, you can maybe teach at the college level at a community college w at least a Masters, but it's still ALL teaching, nothig different.

1st of all, I want to say up front that I don't think ANY eduation is useless, but yes, certain types of education ARE a lot more useful than others. I have a BA in Behavioral Science, in which you can't really get a job on that alone. I furthered my education & got a MA in Special Ed & was briefl a special ed teacher for just a yr. It was OK. I'm back in school sutdying Speech-Language Pathology, which is a very high demand field. I already got hired as an SLP (speech-language pathologist on a waiver) 2 mos ago.
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:43 AM
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One IS NOT limited to teaching and tutoring jobs, and you not have to lay out more money to make yourself marketable. As a teacher, you may have excellent communication skills, the ability to think on your feet, decision making skills, the ability to write well, budget resources, use technology, creativity, work well under pressure. Those skills are desirable and marketable in many fields. Retail, hospitality, sales, customer service and support, corporate training could all be a fit. Also consider companies that are tangentially related to education: publishing, textbook companies, educational technology companies.
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:51 AM
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I'm not sure what the qualifications are in each state, but private driver's education instruction is still an area with a reasonable demand. In Texas, you have to take 2 classes to qualify to take the test. The pay is pretty low to start (about $13 an hour), but there is room for advancement in the bigger companies and lots of flexibility, so you can sub and teach driver's ed in the evening. Also, many companies higher driver's ed instructors to teach their drivers... not to certify them for CDL licenses, but just to review them on the rules of the road.
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:56 PM
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Thanks for your input everyone.

I am starting to look into fundraising jobs for non-profit & charity organizations. I've always been very involved with philanthropic work since I was in HS, and at my current job I organize a lot of events with the elementary student council that I run. A lot of the parents and teachers have been saying for a while "Have you ever thought of doing this for a living?" Honestly, getting paid to help other people never crossed my mind. But the other day I was so down about my job situation that I did a job search online, and found a bunch of fundraising positions near me. After the holidays I'm going to make an appointment at my college to rework my resume to fit these positions, and then start sending them out. A few organizations have school related positions where you help local schools at all levels organize events, which is something I'd love to do.
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