I need some help trying to find a good career path.

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  1. yosoysinistar

    yosoysinistar New Member

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    So some background, I am a recent graduate who just got his degree in elementary education. I found out the hard way, that teaching is simply not for everyone. I hated the classroom management, gossipy teachers, horrible administration, constant evaluations, state testing, and lack of support. I didn't realize how difficult it was to create lesson plans, and I never had any sort of free time outside of the classroom. Work always followed me home, and I felt like it became impossible trying to come to the school with a smile on my face. To be honest, I have absolutely no regrets about not wanting to become a teacher.

    The good thing was that it helped me discover my true passion, and that was to help children. It definitely feel that it gave me some true purpose in life. I tried to think about other careers, and none of them sound appealing to me. The only other careers that I would probably like is something within the postal service.

    I want to find a job that is more suited to my personality as well. I am introverted, and somewhat soft-spoken (ISFJ). I feel that I might be comfortable working in a clerical role, or administrative role. I'm one of the rare nutcases that absolutely love doing office tasks. This includes scheduling, scanning papers, data entry, copying papers, etc. Although I am introverted, I am able to do really well working one-on-one with people. On the other hand, jobs that involve cold-calling or anything sales-related sound like an absolute nightmare. I really don't mind having a role that's considered to be "behind-the-scenes" I would like to find an office job whose entire purpose is to help people.

    However, I'm trying to find a realistic path that I can work towards in the next few months. I think that I would be a perfect candidate for nonprofit, or government jobs. I feel that there are so many jobs that require years of unrelated experience, certification, or further schooling. I'm also having to hard time thinking about jobs that are stable, and decent paying. Right now I'm using all of my free time to volunteer. Not only do I need to network, but I definitely need to gain better experiences.

    Can anyone here point me to some fields that I might be a good fit for?
     
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  3. ChildWhisperer

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    I'm the exact same way! I love office work!! I did some of that as part of my work-study job in college and I would not have minded doing that for the rest of my life!
    I am only a teacher because I love working with children.
    You could try a tuition preschool job, most already have planned curriculums so there's not much lesson planning to do (just getting supplies together). The only risk is (other than low pay/no benefits) there are many out there with bad management as well. You're lucky if you find a good one that supports you and treats you well. (I was lucky and worked at 2 amazing daycares).

    There are many non-profits out there that help children.
    Easter Seals (Early Intervention Service Coordinator - Your el ed degree would work)
    Or you could find a Head Start program. This would be teaching but you'd get paid more than daycare (hopefully) and they also give you a curriculum to use as well.
    American Red Cross
    And you find any local non-profits that deal with children as well
     
  4. Peregrin5

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    I know you don't want to do extra schooling, but have you thought of counseling? You can work with children one on one as a speech language pathologist or a psychologist, etc. Most of the work is filling out forms and stuff for legal things, and keeping records.
     
  5. isabunny

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    Some educational fields you might consider are: Children's Librarian, Reading Coach, School Counselor, or School Media Specialist. I am considering getting my Masters in School Media. Many of the things you mentioned above apply to me also. I am hoping to still work in the school environment, but with less stess than a classroom teacher.

    I tried the daycare/preschool route and didn't have much luck. Bad management and lots of prepwork outside of school (at least one weekend day and at least 2 hours a night). And yes I did have to write very detailed lesson plans every day and a daily sheet that went home to parents with everything that was done during the day, including what their child ate. They also had to all be hand written. This is not the case with every preschool, but the pay is not very good usually to justify all the extra work and money spent on materials.
     
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    ^ that sucks :(
    I worked at a daycare/preschool that did NOT have daily sheets for 3yo & up (only 2yo, toddlers, & infants had daily sheets).
    Management was very supportive & caring, and even kicked out children that were too much trouble (after giving them several chances of course). They cared more about teachers & children than making money.
    They bought whatever supplies we requested
    Lesson plans were done (just had to print off computer from what corporate sent us) so nobody took work home with them.
    Lead teachers were also paid $27-28K/year
    Assistant teachers made $10-11/hour
     
  7. ku_alum

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    School Psychologist? (Testing students).

    I worked at one of our 7 university libraries in college. The behind the scenes work at a research institution library is HUGE and rewarding (I'm an introvert). I was a serials-cataloger.

    What about an organization like Sylvan Learning? http://www.sylvanlearning.com/tutoring
     

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