huge job dilemma

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  1. nyteacher85

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    i have no idea what to do about this situation. i'm currently in ny but have been given an early hire contract and will be moving to virginia. i definitely am guaranteed a position, but now have to contact principals to schedule interviews. i made a contact with a wonderful principal and spent a day at her school which i really enjoyed. i feel like it would be a great place to work, but i HATE the surrounding area. the traffic is horrendous so i will have to live close to work but i know i would be unhappy there.

    my options are to accept this offer and live in a very expensive apartment in an area i don't like, or to decline and look elsewhere. it is a very big county and most vacancies don't post until july 1st, so i will most likely have to wait until then to secure a position in an area i like better.

    i have no idea what to do. i like the school, but i really don't want to live in that part of the county. i hate to turn down a great opportunity, but a better option might turn up that will be a better fit.
     
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    In this economic climate, I think it's unwise to turn down a "great opportunity" in hopes that something better "might" turn up.

    I teach in a school in a rough neighborhood. When we first moved to the city, my hoosband and I chose an apartment about 10-15 miles away in a better neighborhood. Over the years, that neighborhood deteriorated and ended up being a pretty undesirable location for us. We ended up buying a house very near my school, just a few streets down, in a beautiful, well-kept neighborhood that doesn't have any of the "rough" feel of the area directly adjacent to the school. My point is that sometimes your needs change, sometimes the area changes, and you might not really know what you want until you've been in a place for a while. I think you should give this opportunity a chance. If it doesn't work out, you can always leave after a year.

    Good luck to you in whatever you decide.
     
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    thanks for the advice. i'm just a little nervous because i'm relocating by myself and don't know anyone in the area. i just prefer to live in an area where i feel safe and comfortable in but i don't want to decline a job because then i will have to wait until july.
     
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    Have you looked into the crimes, etc in that area? Is it just a rough feel or do you know for a fact that it is unsafe?

    I agree with Caesar that its hard to turn down a job in this economy. I wouldn't want to wait until July to try and find something. You can always have a custodian escort you to your car, buy a security alarm for a house, etc. And its hard to find a great school and a great P to work for.
     
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    Is there any chance you could find a roommate there?
     
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    I would take the job and then think about how tolerable you want your commute to be. I was recently in the same situation. I interviewed for my dream job- one I had essentially given up hope on ever finding in this economy since it's in the toughest field (el. ed). The neighborhood is not anywhere I'd want to live. It's pretty deteriorated and all residential (aka not much to do). I checked it out before accepting just to make sure, and there are tons of more desirable neighborhoods within a 15-30 minute drive. The great thing about being closer to a city is that there are tons of various neighborhoods all really close together. I'm going to look for something that's ideally within 20 minutes- I drive about that now and it's not bad at all. I'd be willing to go up to 30 if it was a really,really awesome place.
     
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    The area I would like to live in is 30 minutes away, but the traffic is so bad it would take me an hour and a half to 2 hours to get to work. i'm not willing to get a roommate as i don't want to live with a stranger due to past experiences. i just got an interview in a more desirable area next week so hopefully that one will work out!
    i am guaranteed a position because i signed an early employment contract so i'm leaning towards waiting it out and seeing what else pops up. if i do decline the job and don't find one by august, i will get assigned to a position.
     
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    I hate to be sexist, but to me it would depend on your gender. If you are a female (particularly a smaller one, like I am) and the neighborhoods where you would have to live to avoid a 2 hour commute are legitimately unsafe, I would probably pass.

    I know many others would disagree, but especially considering your last post that you know for sure you will be assigned somewhere, it might be better to wait. I'd check into the general safety of neighborhoods near all the schools, though, just in case others might be as unsafe or more unsafe than this one. (More unsafe...unsafer...I don't know. It's late for me.) :p

    If the neighborhood is safe but just not the best fit lifestyle wise, I'd still take the job since you've expressed that you really like the school and the principal. Maybe more digging will uncover other places that fit with your ideal commute and that are more to your liking. :2cents:
     
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    I would take the job and be greatful. I would give up anything and everything I have just to be offered a teaching position. I'd give up my house, my truck my comfortable salary, my personal life everything that I enjoy I would give up just to be given the opportunity to teach. I know I am not the only one out there that feels this way. So don't take this post to be offensive. I am just trying to put it into perspective for you. There are many of us looking just to find a school to teach in regardless of commute, pay, location and so forth.
     
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    I agree with soldier. Take the job and figure out the details later. In this economy, you never know what could happen. I have had friends 'play games' and a position was filled internally. I say jump at the opportunity. As for where to live, I wouldn't commute more than an hour to a job...just my preference.
     
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    I've been looking for a position for 5 years. I am very grateful and have given up everything in order to get a job. I'm moving 6 hours a way to place where I know no one. I will be away from all my friends and family and living alone in a new city so I think that qualifies as "giving up everything". I signed a contract and will definitely get a position somewhere in the county. I have a little wiggle room because if I don't take this job, I will still be offered something else at a school in an area where it will be a better fit.
     
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    I think you will be offered something not where it will be a "better fit" but where there are leftover positions that no one else wanted. Here you have an opportunity to accept a position at a school you think you'd like with a principal you think you'd like, and you willing to pass it up because it's in a neighborhood you don't like. I think that it is extremely likely that your placement, if you let them place you, will be at a school that isn't as good as the one you're considering now. Other people won't turn down jobs at good schools with good principals; you'll be left with whatever remains.
     
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    I do understand that, but it is only May and they have not even started conducting interviews yet. I have several months in order to secure a placement in a better area. The district that I'm in is very highly rated and this school is probably one of the poorest out 150 schools. No matter where I am placed, it will either be comparable or much better. Next Thursday I have my interview so hopefully I will get it and not have to worry :)
     

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