Job Hunt Frustration, Venting & Support Thread!

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  1. mckbearcat48

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    Papered the neighborhood to a bunch of charter schools and some MO publics. Anything for a classroom...
     
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    I got offered the 5th grade job! Its mostly self contained, except ELA. I will teach math to both 4th and 5th. The school is a wicked commute, but I figure if its really horrendous it only has to be for a year. Ah!
     
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    Congrats. I drive an hour to work, about 75 minutes coming home, so doable. There is right around the corner and perfect, and then there is real world practical.
     
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    Congrats! Good luck in your own classroom!
     
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    Amen, sister!
     
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    Isn't a teacher's aide and assistant the same thing? If you applied for the job, shouldn't they assume you'd be interested in it?

     
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    I think there's nothing worse than applying for a job, getting a rejection letter just to find that the position has been posted AGAIN:banghead: or the deadline is extended. It's like WTF? And I think some schools should just come out and say on the app, "If you're not besties with the Super, or share his/her last name, don't even bother applying." Nepotism is HUGEin my area. It's really annoying.


    The above is so true. Just happened to me. Feel old and unwanted ...
     
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    I love that you have this thread going on! There is so much pent up frustration that I have! I got RIF'ed this past school year and it's been a struggle trying to find something. I have applied to countless districts in my area and a few have called back. I'm so pissed because they give you such false hope! Like, tell me already! Why do they like to string you along?? I went for an interview this past July, did a demo lesson (which they said they loved, and mentioned that the demonstration was "genius"). They had NOTHING bad to say. Then, they told me they would let me know if ANYTHING. Basically, I would get a call from them no matter what. Weeks later, I get a rejection letter. Then, I get another interview somewhere else, where they loved me and even showed me around the school. I get a call a few days later and they said I was still in the running, but the Superintendent was on vacay, and couldn't make a decision. I appreciated the heads up and waited a whole week until emailing them for an update. That was this past Tuesday. Still nothing! They should just put me out of my misery!! I had a phone interview in which I got invited to an in person interview, for them to say they hired someone else (without allowing me to get through my 2nd interview) Why can't they just either tell you they like you or they don't? And don't say that there was nothing wrong with my lesson, when clearly it wasn't strong enough to get me the job! UGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Well, started subbing today...tough to sub on the first day of school...and a little disheartening at the same time.

    I was the only sub in a school of 2600 students today. Probably the strangest thing I've seen in awhile.
     
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    I could imagine it was a pretty easy going day. I've never known a teacher to miss the first day unless it was for maternity leave.
     
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    Golf coach had a meet...it was more strange than anything else.
     
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    Awesome update. Fingers crossed for ya.
     
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    Fingers crossed for you!
     
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    I wish you the best and hope that I can get a break soon. So depressed about not having a job this school year yet....
     
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    Sounds like a solid plan, why do you need our opinions? Do you think you might be spreading yourself thin?
     
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    Actually, Bunnie, you voiced my only concern, because OP has kind of been all over the map making plans. Don't get me wrong - I believe in having a plan, and would think that working hard to achieve it is commendable. However, burnout is always something to consider. The plan may be a moot point if the job offer comes through. Good luck!
     
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    5?!?!? You're crazy!!! I took 4 grad classes my first semester and worked full time and had to take an incomplete in one because it was too much!! Later on second semester I tried to do 3 classes and dropped one class.
     
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    You neglected to mention how many classes you were taking at first. Honestly you could manage 3 classes and work full time. You could maybe do 4 classes and sub everyday. 5 classes and not work at all would be a stretch. Forget the after school program job. Focus on school first and adjust your classes accordingly if you land that position.

    And you're working at the college bookstore, are you trying to drive yourself crazy?
     
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    I did a LTS placement while taking 3 grad classes. None of the classes were particularly hard and they were hybrid classes (part on campus, part online) so I had some flexibility and it was still really, really tough at times. I taught full-time last year with no classes. This coming semester I'll be teaching full-time and taking 2 grad classes. I just couldn't imagine carrying the workload of teaching last year and the workload of 3 classes. I'd agree with Bunnie that teaching full-time with 3 classes might be doable but anything more than that would probably require either subbing - and being willing to not sub sometimes when the schoolwork load is particularly heavy - or doing the afterschool program and only subbing some days. But I'm older and more tired so maybe that's just me. ;)
     
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    I'm with Heatherberm - they don't call 9 graduate credits a semester full time for nothing. You can buck the system, but honestly, I would just do a summer semester or two and save my sanity. That is, as always, my humble opinion.
     
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    Yes, please reduce your class load. I know nobody wants to take summer classes but if that's why you loaded up on 5 this semester reduce it please! I've been there and done that.
     
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    If you're a long term sub, don't you have to use that time to do some lesson planning and prep work?
     
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    I've had a rocky career path since getting into education:

    - Substitute taught since graduating w/ undergrad degree
    - Decided to be in a dual credential program since interested in RSP...still subbing
    - Immediately after/while did grad program in special ed...still subbing
    - Got 1st special ed teaching job summer I graduated w/ MA in SpEd...lasted just a year
    - Decided to rtn to school for communication disorders to be an SLP...returned to subbing too
    - Had to do a year of prereq courses...then, didn't get accepted to grad school the 1st time
    - In meantime, worked on & earned SLPA license (which isn't mandatory to be an SLP)
    - Got accepted to SLP 3-yr grad program...continued subbing
    - W/i couple mos of starting program, worked as SLP too...that was a grueling time! :mad:
    - Worked as SLP for district for 2 yrs
    - Got SLP job at alternative school for JR/HS kids who were kicked out of their homeschools...did 1 yr, then they couldn't afford to pay me for last 2 mos, so I stopped working there
    - Didn't pass huge, final grad school exam, so retook several mos later & passed (2nd & last chance to pass!)
    - Worked NON-SLP nor ed-related jobs from home for last 2.5 yrs by choice! :D:D:D:D
    - This school yr, started new job for new district as SLP...whew, long journey! :eek::confused:o_O:mad:

    I don't plan to do this latest for long. I have an ultimate goal, but still re: SLP. :)
     

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