Help! - Job Dilemma

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  1. Bizkid

    Bizkid New Member

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    A little background... I spent the first 6 years of my teaching career teaching business ed at a Catholic school. It wasn't my first choice - I'd been looking for a job for a year and half when I got the offer and just needed to get paid. I had wanted to get into the public school system, in a school that would be a better fit for me - I'm not religious, I disagreed with the school and church's viewpoints on a lot of issues, but a job was a job. I was there for 6 years, and every year applied for every business education opening in my large metropolitan area. In the meantime I honed my skills and experience and qualifications, taking on AP courses and starting a Dual Credit program in Accounting. I learned that business ed jobs and openings are pretty rare, with many school only having 1-3 teachers on staff. Two years ago I finally got an offer from a large public school district, and the job was everything I dreamed - I poured my heart and soul into it, and worked my butt off. In March I was blindsided in a meeting and told my contract was not being renewed. No reason given besides a vague "it's not you, it's me" from the associate principal.

    In my area I've learned that April - May is the hiring window for schools, and I started applying for positions. I got interviews from 8 of the 10 schools I applied to, and I made it to the final round with several of the schools only to not get an offer - typically because the position also included teaching a section of computer programming (not in my skillset), or they went with someone cheaper (I have multiple masters as a career changer). There hasn't been a full time business ed position posted in the area in over a month - and the last one posted was my old position at the Catholic school.

    Here's my dilemma: I left on pretty decent terms, and the school has a history of rehiring people that left even under difficult circumstances. I'm relatively confident if I reached out to my old supervisor I could step back into my old role. But I had so many problems with the school culture (anti-LGBTQ+, families sending their kids to the school because it was mostly white, teachers being walked over by admin, etc.), I'm having a hard time even considering making that call. I know my family would have a difficult time on just my wife's income, I don't want a large gap in my teaching resume, and given all the uncertainty in schools with COVID and re-opening it seems a bit risky to hold out for another public school position this year. Every time I think I about reaching out to the old school, I remember another terrible thing I hated about that job and tell myself I can't go back.

    Any thoughts or advice on this situation would be appreciated.
  3. bella84

    bella84 Aficionado

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    I guess it depends on what that one terrible thing you hated it is... That aside, I'd apply for the job. You don't have to stay past this one year, but, as you said, a job is a job, and a job pays the bills. If you find something else before the school year begins, you can back out. But, in case nothing else pans out, you'll have something to support your family and to prevent a gap on your resume.

    If that one terrible was really that bad, though, then you might just want to find a job outside of education for the time being.
  4. Elena3

    Elena3 Rookie

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    Jul 12, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Sounds like this is something you should pray about. :wink:
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  5. Secondary Teach

    Secondary Teach Companion

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  6. mrsammieb

    mrsammieb Devotee

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    Jul 13, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Being religious or not, it is a job. If you decide to go back, you just simply need to be your best self. You shouldn't try to change the views of others through your words rather through your actions. I would personally take the job back but continue to actively look for another until something turns up. However, if you cannot find peace with going to that job, then look for other opportunities. Many parents are looking for teachers to "micro-teach". Maybe see if there is a demand for this in your area.
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