How long did it take you to find your first job?

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  1. amethyst

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    What time of they year did you graduate?

    How long did it take to find a job?

    If it took awhile, what did you do in the meantime?

    When you found a job, was it what you wanted (grade level, location, etc.)?

    How was the pay?
     
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  3. Alisha

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    I graduated in December of 2007 and got hired at my first job in July 2008. In the meantime I subbed and continued to fill out applications. The job was exactly what I wanted (subject matter and grade level), but the location wasn't ideal. The pay, not so hot. One of the poorest districts in the state.
     
  4. Crzy_ArtTeacher

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    I graduated in May of 07 and got my job in June of 07.
     
  5. sevenplus

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    I was looking for jobs in a very different market. I graduated in June but we were relocating to another state, so I didn't start looking for another job until we moved to our new state in August. School had already started, and I ended up taking a pre-K position at a private preschool. I did that for a year, and then got hired the following summer in the local city school district. At that time they were hiring extra contract teachers. You basically started the school year assigned to a building, but without a class. They knew they'd need to create extra classes after the school year started due to enrollment. The 2nd week of school I got my classroom assignment. It was in a K class (exactly what I wanted!) at a school a mile from my apartment! It was perfect. And I'm still here (same school and grade level - no longer living in that apartment) 10 years later!

    Our district has competitive pay with the rest of the area.
     
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    This is my situation exactly. The location isn't ideal because I had to move an hour from home. The pay is ok, but below average for WI.
     
  7. catnfiddle

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    My story is a little weird. I finished my teaching certificate (not alternative, just went back to school to complete what I had started) in May of 2005. I promptly moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio, where I found the requirements were more extensive. While dealing with the PLT and having my fingerprints lost twice, I got my substitute license and did that for a year. Once my Ohio certificate came through... Columbus City Schools laid off hundreds of teachers. I took another job for a year until the market shook itself out, then subbed for a year after that. FINALLY, I got my first full time teaching job in August of 2008. It's the most unique position I could have imagined and I'm enjoying the experience.
     
  8. Learner4Life

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    I graduated in Dec of 2005 and I'm still looking. I'm a para at a school that MAY be hiring for next year but it depends on a Levy voted on in May. Cross your fingers for me!!!!
     
  9. melnm

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    Well, I graduated 10 years ago--hard to believe! It was in December, so I didn't find a teaching job at that time, just subbed while I waited for my new husband to graduate the following spring. He ended up training for a new job the next year, so I lived with my sister and cousin and subbed until we moved to our new town.

    We moved the next summer and I got a job right away. I was in a location that needed teachers though. In fact, looking back, I could have been more choosy about my job, and in some ways, wish I would have. It was a grade level I wanted, but an hour commute. The next year I changed schools to an even better grade level, less than a block away from my house! I seriously doubt I am going to have such an easy time with it the next time around, unfortunately.

    My pay was good for a first year public school teacher in that area.
     
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    What a difference a generation makes! When I graduated more than 30 years ago school districts recruited on campus and by the time we graduated we all had our pick of jobs. I feel so bad for students today who have to jump through hoops just to get an interview!
     
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    I was lucky and was hired before graduation!
    Hired April '07
    Graduated May '07
     
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    I graduated in May of '08 in June of '08 was offered I job! I still work there and love it!
     
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    I did my masters with certification (my BS is not in education) and earned my certificate in March 2006. I didn't plan to start teaching until the following school year, but I started interviewing in late March 2006. I got offers starting in June, and ultimately took a job near where I grew up. The pay was good, but it wasn't in the subject/grade I wanted. I interviewed the following summer and got offered my ideal job in early August 2007! It's tough out there though.... I think I only got a job in the first place because I have a middle school science and math endorsement!
     
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    I graduated in May 2002 and got my job 2 weeks later.
     
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    I was hired immediately as well. I had to choose which offer to accept, so I was very fortunate. I know that would not happen in all areas.
     
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    I did two months of steady subbing, then worked my way into a semi-long-term subu position, and after a month of that, I did another LTS position that ended in a contract.
     
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    Now, from my last job to now, it has been 2 years job hunting.
     
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    I graduated Aug. 8th and went to work Aug. 13th. It was a frantic year! I was very excited to get second grade for my first year of teaching.
     
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    Graduated in May 05, had a job the month before.

    It was in my dream school. Still there and loving it.

    The pay = great. They honored my grad degree even though it wasn't in education AND my college teaching experience.
     
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    Graduated in May 06, hired in July 06. Got the perfect grade level (5th), but changed subjects my second year. The first year I had to teach history. Now it's my fave---math. Pay is fair, can't complain as I am single so I don't have a ton of bills. Pay might be worse if I had a family to care for!
     
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    I graduated in August 2006 and had to move 750 miles away to land a job in August 2007. I have friends who graduated before me still subbing back home.
     
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    What time of they year did you graduate?
    I graduated in May of 1993.

    How long did it take to find a job?
    It took two years for a full-time position.

    If it took awhile, what did you do in the meantime?
    The first year I was a substitute. I did two LTS positions and worked all but 5 days all year. The second year I worked part time and started grad school.

    When you found a job, was it what you wanted (grade level, location, etc.)?
    The part time job was three high school classes and one middle school class. I didn't want the middle school, but I took it to stay in the system. The next year my position was eliminated. I took a part-time middle school and part-time homebound job to make a full time position. I learned that I really liked middle school, so the next year I took a leave position at the middle school. I've been there ever since!

    How was the pay?
    For my area, the pay was good. I live in a high-poverty area, so there isn't much in the way of jobs. People think teachers have money. I was able to pay for grad school and buy a new car during my first three years of teaching.
     
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    I graduated in May 2006.

    I got a job in June 2006 but I'm still looking for my dream school/job.

    The job I got was three hours from home in a small town. After one year I left because I got a job in my hometown, where I still teach.

    I got paid very little at my first job. My pay is still low for the area but I make more than my first year in the rural area.
     
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    I graduated w/ my MA & 2nd teaching credential in June 2006 & I went on the interview & got my resource specialist job that same summer to start teaching in Aug 2006 at a school 10 min away from my home.

    It was my first choice teaching position: Elem level resource specialist.

    For a 1st yr teacher, I was earning over $45K.
     
  25. Aliceacc

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    Here you go:

     
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    What time of they year did you graduate?
    I graduated in December of 2008. It took me quite a bit longer than most because I was working full-time while attending school part-time.

    How long did it take to find a job?
    My most recent job at the casino laid me off due to slowing business three days before my final exam in December last year. It took about 6 weeks for me to find work as a sub. I had been considering going into teaching for some time, but I finally decided to pursue it completely when I shelled out the money for the Praxis exams back in early February. Once all my Praxis scores came in, I was hired more or less immediately. Total time from 1st signing up as a sub to landing a full-time position was about 3 months and change.

    If it took awhile, what did you do in the meantime?
    Substitute teaching, and reviewing my high school level mathematics. I've spent the past few years worrying so much about real analysis, partial differential equations, and abstract algebra that I had forgotten topics like the law of sines, the centroid theorem, and solving a parabola. :lol:

    When you found a job, was it what you wanted (grade level, location, etc.)?
    I had wanted to teach high school math, and that's what I will in fact be teaching. I had hoped for a district a little closer to home (it's about a 35-45 minute drive one-way), but my not yet being fully certified puts a limit on who can hire me. Still, I'm very excited about what I've seen of the school and the administration. Besides, my last commute was 75 minutes one-way, so this is an improvement.

    How was the pay?
    For my area in Northwest Indiana, the pay is very good. My school is in Gary, Indiana, which has a bit of a rough reputation, but sizable chunks of it are actually okay, including the area the school is in. Still, the Gary districts have to offer about 3-4k more than the more affluent suburbs in the area to attract teachers. I'll be starting at 38k, which is what I was making when the casino let me go.

    Math-(Who's the Man! :thumb: )-Tim
     
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    ;)
     
  28. Doug_HSTeach_07

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    Thankfully not too long. That job hunting process was one rollercoaster of an experience that I don't want to experience again. I got a job in May 2007 and graduated in August 2007. Cutting it close, but thankfully everything worked out.
     
  29. monsieurteacher

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    While I answered the main question, I just realized I didn't answer all the questions... so here they are.

    What time of they year did you graduate?

    October 2007 (though I had finished coursework by mid-August 2007)

    How long did it take to find a job? I was teaching October 2007, before graduation. This was a substitute position that wasn't quite an LTS, but I was basically offered the job if I wanted it once the position was approved. Once the position was approved, something different came up involving a more permanent contract, so I took that in November.

    When you found a job, was it what you wanted (grade level, location, etc.)?

    Location was exactly what I wanted. While I would have loved grade two, I didn't care enough. I ended up in a Resource teacher position that I never would have thought to apply for if my co-operating teacher/vice principal hadn't requested that I apply. I was perfectly happy with where I ended up.

    How was the pay?

    Again, I was happy with the pay. But of course, I wouldn't refuse more :lol:
     
  30. MsMar

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    I was certified in Dec 07 in K-6.

    I got a 6 month LTS job in 6th in Jan 08.

    I took my Praxis for FACS in April 08. I spent April 08 through July 08 job hunting and was hired in July 08 to teach high school FACS. I didn't need to find an alternative job during the job search because I had the LTS job through June, and the rest of June and July I was just home with the kids for summer vacation.

    Both jobs were what I wanted at the time. Maybe not ideal location as far as commute, but good enough.

    As far as pay, with the LTS job at first the pay stunk ($105 per day) but once it switched from a 3 month assignment to a 6 month assignment and I got regular pay, it was good. My pay right now is good for a first year teacher in PA. Not the highest around, not the lowest either.
     

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