Before you were a teacher, what was your job?

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    What was your job before you became a teacher?
    I worked as a telemarketer!! Selling lighting fixtures over the phone!!
    Top That!! LOL
     
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    I worked at Kmart for almost 6 years. ugh. Those were the days, when we didnt have to think about what we were doing. :)
     
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    I was a Catering Sales Manager for a hotel. I was in charge of booking meeting space and working with the client to figure out set-up and food needs. I also did wedding coordinator duties. I loved my job prior to teaching!!! However, I love teaching more!!! :love: I'm blessed to know that if I ever decided I need a break from teaching that I would have another industry that I could enjoy working in too.

    However, prior to my 3 years at the hotel I had over 65 jobs since I was 16......I could never find one I was happy at and that kept my attention long enough. My cousin would do my taxes for my family and HATED doing mine because I would typically have about 7-10 W-2's each year. :eek:
     
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    Consultant/writer. I loved my job too and was happy doing it, but we had moved and this seemed right for the time.
     
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    I did some photography. I still enjoy takin pictures, but I sure don't miss the brats with parents with unrealistic expectations. (I don't care that my kid is throwing a tantrum - you should be able to get a great picture that shows the inner angel anyway!)
     
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    I worked at Target for about a year, then I became a chiropractic assistant. I did that all through college.
     
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    In college I worked in a daycare. I loved it!
     
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    When I was in college I was an after-school group leader for the YMCA. I'm surprised it didn't turn me off from teaching because boy did I have some crazy situations!
     
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    I was a manager at a garden center until college. I was a firefighter during college! I worked the 12AM to 6AM shift and it was perfect for me as a night owl. I did an AmeriCorps volunteer service program prior to getting my teaching certificate. Now I teach Special Ed!
     
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    During high school and my first year of college (4 years) I worked in the kitchen of a convent :eek: Then I worked 3 years at a facility for kids/young adults with severe disabilities. I also taught dance/gymnastics classes.
     
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    I worked at the Eatery at K-Mart and after that for a brief time, the YMCA Summer Camp Program. I didn't like either. Yet I never had a CAREER until teaching. :)
     
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    I was a Subway Sandwich Artist for three years of college :) and then a school wraparound (T.S.S.) after I graduated :crosseyed . Boy am I glad to be the teacher in the classroom now after doing TSS work!!!
     
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    Babysitting(if that counts) and then working at a daycare when I was 17. LOL
     
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    Should I list them all?:eek: LOL! I tended to migrate toward daycares/preschools. I also owned my own lawncare business for a couple of years- Those were the days of a fitness and a tan that rocked! Oh well, all good things must come to an end:rolleyes:
     
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    In high school and college I ran an icecream palor. I also worked (while in college) in a daycare, waitressed and worked Mini golf. During the school yr in college I would sub on my vacations. I always had four or five jobs during the summer.
     
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    I was a Youth and Christian Ed. director at a church. Lots of weekend retreats and fun. I was burnt out when I left but I do miss it (just a little).
     
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    Let's see.. I worked in two different daycares, worked in the bakery of Wegmans (grocery store), typed obituaries at the local newspaper and the worst... I was a housekeeper at a Hampton Inn. Ugh.
     
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    I forgot I did that too! I forgot about being a housekeeper. Guess I did't like it much. I didn't mind when I cleaned houses in Cape Cod. Made 75 to 150 dollars a house.
    I also was a Nanny for a British Family for a month while they were here on vacation.
     
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    I've worked as a restaurant hostess, auto glass counter help/administrative assistant, sign language interpreter, substitute teacher, stay at home mom and teacher.
     
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    I did various food service jobs, I painted figurines for a company called martha's orignals (each on is hand painted) and I delievered newspapers.......

    Teaching is better
     
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    I was a front desk manager at a large hotel when I was in grad school. I loved that job and felt like I was very good at it. If I didn't teach, I'm sure that's what I'd go back to.

    Immediately prior to teaching (between grad school and my position now), I worked at an inpatient psychiatric facility for children and adolescents.

    Oh, I also worked at Sylvan Learning Center along the way. I didn't enjoy that at all.
     
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    I was a finance analyst at an insurance company for eight years. This is my first year teaching and I don't miss the business world one bit.
     
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    A college student

     
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    I'm starting my first year of teaching this fall. During college, I was the manager of the photo lab in a Target store. After graduating with a business degree, I became an auto insurance claims adjuster. I just quit that job on Thursday!
     
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    really, tell me why? I see a lot of jobs for that company. I had a call, and got the feeling they were very pushy, almost treated teaching like it was a game, and the kids should have fun and you are a clown! Also felt it was big on sales, you help one kid, and you push his parents to drag his sister in...'see how well he is doing?'

    what was your take on that place? lots of them poping up, kukom, etc.
     
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    before during or after?

    I think I had more jobs than every teacher out here in AtoZ. :eek:


    I worked at UPS at 2am, tossing boxes in that brown truck in 20 degree below weather.

    I worked midnights at a pharmacy, stacking lotion. Honestly, I think I can go back to that!

    I hated working as a cashier. My drawer never balanced. I hated making sales. I don't like pushing people to buy stuff they don't want.

    While student teaching, I worked in Burger King, and dragged all my daughter's friends in the door! Got a $50 referral fee for each one!

    Mainly worked as a word processing secretary. Did some customer service switchboard work. Good work around the clock, and nice benefits.

    I was a temporary secretary for years. Liked that too. Alot like subbing.

    Honestly, I loved subbing. Always worked when I wanted. Plenty of districts to keep me busy. No papers to grade, no parents to meet. Kids were so unique. I learned more being a sub than I ever did in student teaching! Saw some really cool pre-k centers. Been in fire drills, field trips, and even did a long term assignment and put on a Christmas play!

    But the real answer is, I was a secretary. When I lost my job, I took my daughter to school 2 days a week, so I could save on child care. Her principal saw me one day and said, "I know you are looking for work, have you considered being a paraprofessional?"

    She changed my life. Showed me what I had to do to get certficate, and after watching me in the classroom, encouraged me to go back to school to become a teacher.

    That's my interview story! It really did make a difference for me!
     
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    Before college I was a cook at a local restaurant. During my undergraduate years I worked in the "Math Lab" as a Math tutor.
     
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    I was a life gaurd throughout high school and college, was a lawyer for a year for an injury firm, then went back to teaching.
     
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    It just wasn't my bag. At my center we had to stick to using their worksheets and activities, and we didn't have any license to try something else if their stuff wasn't working. They told us that it was the Sylvan system--that's what the parents were paying for, so that's what they should get.

    Furthermore, I know that it's a business, but it just seemed like it was more interested in making money than actually helping kids. Sylvan charged an outrageous amount of money per hour, but paid teachers almost nothing--seriously, like 9 dollars per hour. I'd have three kids at my table each hour, so Sylvan would be bringing in almost $200 per hour at my table alone, and that's after subtracting my "salary"!
     
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    In college, I was an accounts payable clerk and I taught at some summer camps.
     
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    Welcome to the world of teaching!! You're going to like it here!! :)
     
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    In high school I was a CNA at a nursing home! Hardest work I've EVER done. In college, I worked at my dad's hotel as a desk clerk. Then after I graduated college for a summer and fall, I took over an insurance agency that had recently lost the agent. I was licensed and did it to help my dad out who was the manager for this agency. I would NEVER do THAT again....didn't enjoy that at all.
     
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    Lots of part-time jobs in high school and college.

    After law school - worked as a Mediator in the Prosecutor's Office in a large city.
     
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    I've always wondered how people can be insurance agents or accountants and ENOY it? I just need more...we all do...that's why we teach. :)
     
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    Hmmm. I can't remember the name of this place. But it was very similiar. Said you must be a licensed teacher, and it was part time only. But if you had to tutor 3 kids at the same time, you were definitely getting the short end of that stick! Also, this place used computers only, and the computer told the kid what level they were on, and how to improve. I was just supposed to encourage them to work harder! Just wasn't what I considered teaching at all.

    Thanks for the heads up!
     
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    Many of my family members are in the insurance business! They make LOTS of money!! That is why they do it!:p
     
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    Cashier, bakery sales counter, night cashier supervisor, food prep, dishwashing, shoe sales and daycare...:eek:

    Teaching is much more interesting and fun!:D
     
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    :eek: Sorry! I mean, I know the money is fantastic but we all know we're not in teaching for the big bucks...
     
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    I had a few jobs before teaching.

    I worked at a grocery store for 2 years, a few daycare centers here and there. I was a telemarketer that called people about upcoming elections:( I hated that job!! I worked in the accounts payable department of a furniture company. I also was a receptionist for an insurance company.

    I am sooooooooooooo glad that I became a teacher!:)
     
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    I sold vacuum cleaners for a while. Actually, I just dragged a vacuum cleaner around in my car for a while. I never sold one...my direct sales career was very short. I also sold men's underwear in a big dept store near Wash. DC. My coworker was the nicest guy you would ever want to know. He was also way, way, way out of the closet. We used to rate the men as they walked by. He liked them dark and swarthy, I liked the more clean cut. I asked him once how he and his friends...ooops.... that might be a thread for another type of chat room!
     
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