Frustrating job market :(

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  1. merigold78

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    hi all-i know there have been numerous posts on this same topic but i feel the need to vent! i am living in sw ohio and the job market for early (grades k-3) elementary teachers is just terrible! i graduated 3 years ago and have taught for head start and also in several charter schools. meanwhile i have continued to search for my
    "dream job" w/no success. yesterday i dropped off resumes in several desirable districts. this sounds pathetic but it just about killed me to even be there b/c i want to teach for them so bad!! :( i try and appreciate what i have but i don't want to waste my entire educational career in the school i'm at now. i like the teachers i work with and the kids are not that bad BUT it is very disorganized and our principal is just a disaster (no admini. skills-writes nasty memos several times/week, doesn't discipline effectively & consistently, etc.). and so i continue to look, and look, and LOOK! but still nothing. my hubby doesn't want to move so we are basically stuck here for an indefinite period of time. maybe i should consider being a stay at home mom??!! any advice/suggestions are welcome! thanks!! :)

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    I hear you Meri!! The worst part of the year is the beginning of the school year for me. There is always excitement in the air at the buildings and I am not there! We just have to keep trying and hoping our resume stands out against the rest. I taught 10 years and have now been home 10 years with my 5 kids-loved every minute (okay there were a few minutes I was pulling my hair out), but now I am really eager to return to the classroom. Any openings we do have around here are flooded with over 150 resumes per posting! I just want to yell "PICK ME! PICK ME!!" Just remember it is still early for schools to post openings. Many are on spring break. But keep looking between now and September! Boy that sounds like a long time doesn't it?
     
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    what is w/the overabundance of teachers in the midwest??!! they are actually telling the early (grades k-3) elementary teachers just graduating from college here to not expect to have jobs their first year. unless they are willing to relocate out of state. how crazy is that??!! i really am trying to be happy w/what i have. i know there are a large number of people who would kill to have my position. i just cannot stop looking until i get what i really want. i know that we're all going to have great jobs eventually...it's just a matter of time! in the meantime, i guess we can just vent our frustrations on this wonderful message board! i'm wondering if the job market is just as bad in other parts of the country? i have heard it is better in the south.

    p.s. apparently they are getting between 200 and 300 apps. for the early elementary jobs around here. how would you even decide who to call for an interview???!!!

    -meri :)
     
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    We are getting a lot of teachers from Chicago, Florida, Michigan and New York here in Georgia.
     
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    It is amazing how many of us are searching. I am sure they have certain things they look for in applicants. I would be so upset if my college said chances of getting a job w/o relocating is near impossible.
     
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    Yes, there are MANY special ed postings and foreign language postings in the surrounding areas. None of which I am qualified.
     
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    I feel ya! I graduated Winter '01 and have been subbing for 4 years. I just got a contract offer. It's only for the remainder of this school year, but I'm hoping it will lead to bigger and better things. I can't tell you how many times since I started working on my ed coursework ('98ish) I've heard that there was supposed to be a mass exodus (retirement) in ed and openings galore. Just heard it again this week. This time I poo poohed it. Whatever. I'll believe it when I see it!
     
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    i have been trying to educate people on the fact that there is NOT a teacher shortage in this area! i then of course proceed to explain to them that certain parts of the country are in desperate need of teachers. just not sw ohio! i'm beginning my master's this summer and have been considering a special ed. major. the problem is that i really want to do reading (my long term goal has always been to be a reading specialist) and feel like i'm "selling out" if i switch to special ed. i'm also wondering w/all the people going back for sped (there are LOTS around here) if there might end up being a surplus in that area too eventually. you just never know! :( so i'll probably just stick w/the reading thing since that's what i'm really interested in. everything will work out eventually....i hope!! :) -meri
     
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    I don't know that there will ever be an abundance of sp.ed. teachers. There are people who have never worked with special needs children going for degrees in sp.ed. to be more marketable and they get an awakening when the step foot in the classroom. Not everyone has the gift. With all of the paperwork and bureaucracy that has been becoming worse as of late I don't think we will ever have an abundance. Just my personal opinion of course.
     
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    viola-thanks for your words of wisdom about special ed. teachers. i have heard that the burn-out rate is higher for special ed. than regular ed-which is pretty scary!! :( i really think i'm going to just stick w/my reading major for now. sure, it's not as marketable as special ed. but i know i would love being a reading specialist/title teacher. and that's what really matters! thanks again! :) -meri
     
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    i have to agree with Proud2BAteacher! Come to GA. There are always job openings. I'm from a really small town, and two new elem schools ahve been built in the past few years. One is even being built accross town. I plan to work at the new school....sorry, I guess that didn't help you too much..:(
    You really should think about getting with another school, becasue disorganization in schools just doesn't cut it! Hope everything works out for you....
     
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    right now i teach in a charter school. here they are known for high levels of disorganization and are filled w/teachers who can't find a job anywhere else! i joke and say that all the people i work with (myself including) are just buying time there until they find what they really want. terrible, i know, but so true! i wish i could move to ga-my brother lived in atl and i LOVED IT when i came to visit him. i need to just throw my husband in my suitcase and move already!!! -meri
     
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    If you have not looked at this site take a minute and do so, you never know:

    schoolspring.com
     
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    I have a reading degree. I haven't ever had my own reading class but I've always enjoyed the classes I've subbed. I know I would enjoy it if I could feel organized enough to pull it off :)!
     
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    I am in your same boat.. I am also looking in sw ohio b/c that's where i grew up and it's where my entire family resides. i know exactly how you feel. i am on spring break this week and i'm wasting my days away trying to figure out what i need to do next to land a job there. hang in there!
     
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    a lot of areas in the south are just the opposite.. desperate for teachers. but they're desperate for a reason. i currently teach in southwest florida b/c i needed a job, and ohio didn't have anything for me, and the district i am in practically handed me a job. so i thought, sure, i'll move to the beach! and now i just want to go back to ohio. i know there are a lot of other areas in the country that need teachers just as bad, but they usually aren't the ideal schools to work in.
     
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    You poor kids can't get into education. I fell into it and can't get out. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my job and what I do. But I graduated in '91 with a BS in engineering. I took a long term sub job to pay the bills since I was unemployed. Now, I have been teaching so long, I can't get engineering firms to look twice at me.

    Like I said, I enjoy teaching; especially at the school I am at, but when I see engineering jobs going for 3 to 4 times what I currently make, I just get sick to my stomach.

    Anyone looking for a teaching job, don't come to Maryland. The cost of living is high and in most areas, the good paying jobs are hard to get into.

    I'm going off to my corner to cry now, have a good evening.
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    Oh Ed, I am so sorry. It must be as frustrating for you not being able to get into your chosen profession as it is for us.
     
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    The story I tell is that I didn't choose teaching, teaching chose me.

    There are days that I swear I wasted my college tuition, but without the engineering background, it would be difficult to teach the math classes. Perhaps someday I'll get that engineering job.... until then kids, get out your Geometry (or PreCalc, etc.) homework and turn to section 4......

    :)
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    You never know what is around the next corner in life.
     
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    Ed,

    My wife and I BOTH teach in Maryland and we have to live in West Virginia because of the cost. I feel so bad for those of you looking...this is a terrible time to be getting into education. The general public and government is against us, colleges are pumping our education majors right and left because all they want is $$$ and it's saturating the job market. I teach history...the entire area near my college had 1 job opening for social studies and it was part time. Eek! Good luck and hang in there! Things will open up. Especially with how many people that are getting frustrated with NCLB. The current research 'round here says that 70% of most teachers quit after 5 years or less.
     

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