Job Hunting/December Graduates

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  1. joy71081

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    I am just curious as to how hard it is for people who have graduated in December to find a job. I graduated in December and moved to a different state. I know that the paperwork between states is a long process. I was wondering if anyone else had a hard time finding a job being a December grad.
     
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  3. Mr.MiddleSchool

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    Believe me when I say "You are not alone!" I also graduated in December, and I have been sending out resumes and filling out job applications like crazy. I've sent out my information to at least 20 places (schools, companies, non-teaching jobs, etc.) and I have only heard back from 4. It's stressful but a good friend of mine told me "you got to apply to a lot to hear from a few."

    I just had 2 job interviews today. Both were for part-time jobs. The interviews went well, but the jobs don't meet my needs, if that makes sense. Not to sound money-centered, but they really don't pay enough (when I add up gas money + the miles I have to drive back and forth) it's really not worth it (30hr work weeks really aren't feasible for me.) And even though it would be nice to have an income...I'm not about to settle. If I have to wait til August/September for my first job, I will just wait then.

    But anyway, my point is. You are not alone. There are plenty of us that are frustrated, discouraged, lost in a fog, and at times ready to give up and call it quits. I've been in all those places, but you have to keep trying.

    I wish you the best of luck in your job search and I hope you find something really soon (I hope that for me too! :) ) And if all else fails, you can always vent and share your thoughts with us here on a to z. We would love to hear from you and give you some thoughts and ideas and words of encouragement!

    -Mr.MiddleSchool
     
  4. joy71081

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    Thank you so much..I have been feel the same. I appreciate the encouragement. Good Luck with your search. It does seem endless. I understand about the part time job search as well. I've been finding the same things. Good Luck with your search. Hopefully, we'll both find something soon.
     
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    I graduated in December and was a LTS for a para for the rest of the year. Following four yrs I was a para. Best of luck, are you in GA?
     
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    Thank you. Yes, I just recently moved here.
     
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    Joy and Mr. Middle School - don't consider a part-time or aide position as settling!! Consider it a foot in the door. There are many of us who graduated well before you that are finding this saturation of teachers that is hindering us from getting a teaching position.
    If something is offered in a district that you would like to work in, take it! I graduated in the early 90's and had the idea that I would only work in certain areas doing certain grades - My naivete got the best of me - I ended up leaving the industry until recently... had I taken the aid positions that I was offered, I am positive that I would now be tenured and settled.
    Jobs are not abundant in every location. Take the opportunities you are given and run with them!! Best of luck in your new exciting career!
     
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    I've taken an aide position that was offered to me after student teaching. It's not my dream job but I sure have learned and grown as a teacher. I definatley have my foot in the door too at my dream school district.
     
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    I was also a December graduate. Trust me when I say this....Don't go into a teaching job in the middle of the year!!

    Instead, get your name on a sub list and begin networking. That's how I got my job!
     
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    I forgot to say I am not a December graduate, I'm a last May graduate so maybe don't follow my advice!!!
     
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    I shouldn't have posted that here hahahahha
     
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    So much for the "all the boomers are retiring and we have a huge teacher shortage idea" if there is a glut like NJ says.

    I am working a sub now and certainly there is no shortage of them, contrary to all the saying when I graduated in December that I would have no problem staying busy.

    And, I haven't had any difficulty.....but only because I am signed up with 5 districts. There are frankly tons of subs.

    I am dreading the possibility I may not even find a teaching job for the fall...especially being social studies!
     
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    Wow, I would think that having the social studies endorsement would be really helpful for getting a position?!?!?
     
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    Not for subbing, which is what I am doing now while looking for a job in the fall.

    There are just lots of subs around here, perhaps because for years they have been doing heavy recruiting.

    But, I am staying busy at least. That is all that matters. :)
     
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    I'm also a december graduate (I graduated back in Dec 03). I've done subbing now for a couple years and I moved out of state for one year to find a job. I'm back to looking for a job in my home state of Illinois, which is tough as someone said because the field is saturated especially elementary teaching. I would sub right away, you never know what might open up and consider aide jobs because I've heard some schools hire their aides. Your not alone, keep thinking positive, something will pop up eventually in the meantime subbing is good experience.
     
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    curiosity, people, makes me want to ask this question. Don't get me wrong, I am not meaning to sound insulting in any way.....
    How in creation can you up and move somewhere and just substitute teach or go out and get just any job and even make enough to exist on???? Do the people I read about not have kids, mortgages etc???
    Maybe its just me. I've moved back in this area/state for going on 12 years. I've done anything from working as quality control inmanufacturing, to restaurant work to clerical, temping clerical, substitute teaching (which much to my dismay has NOT led to a teaching job) , retail sales, to currently working in a trust dept of a bank that is 25 miles from my home. If I could pick up and leave this area, believe me I really believe I would!!
    My area of the stat is saturated for elementary ed graduates too. Especially if you are a career changer, or not a recent graduate, (like me).
    I've been a sub for 5 years. I too have worked very steady for most of those 5 years as a substitute. The pay stinks, there are no benefits, and the respect is nonexistent even (especially from) family members.
    How do you go about cutting the ties and just up and moving to a new area, with what sounds like no job already in place? How do you find out about the job fairs in a new area??? Personally, I'd consider GA or TEnnesse, or NC or Virginnia. But I gather from reading here, elementary ed majors, even highly qualified ones, have a difficult time finding something.
    Well, I will get of my soap box, now. I truly hope I didn;t offend anyone. But, still the question, How do you get up the gumption to up and leave your home and just go out there???
     
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    Munchkin = you said nothing offensive. Many new graduates are able to move to new areas pretty easily. Sometimes you can apply to other states and if they are really in need, they may pay your airfare so that you can go out and interview...
    Today's families are spread all over the country, and many families feel no ties to one particular area I guess.
     
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    I really think it depends on where you are and what your degree is in. I graduated in December with a degree in special ed and was working a full time position within a week. Many of my friends that graduated at the same time also found jobs beginning mid-year. I think because of where we are and the high burn out rate of special ed, it was incredible easy to find a job. I know that many special ed majors are approached before graduation even.
     
  20. joy71081

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    I was able to move for personal reasons, and I have ties in this state. However, the process of getting certification just after I graduate and moved has taken longer than I thought. I am going to be doing part time work as a tutor, and looking for anything to help make up for the remaining time. I have contacted temp agencies as well. I was able to move because I have wonderful support.
     
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    Did you apply for certain types of positions? What position do you hold now? I have an eled degree, but have not gotten a teaching job. I am currently pursuing a "teacher of the handicapped" endorsement through a local college. I've only taken two classes so far, but I'm foggy about what exactly I should be asking for when I do start to apply...:confused:
     
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    Let me offer a few words of advice. If you get offered a part time job that could lead to a full time job next fall. Take it!!!! I spent 2 years sending out 100's and I mean 100's of resume packets before I got hired in the not so dreamy position that I am in. I took the job so I could get my foot in the door. I interviewed for everything, I even drove over 1,000 miles and was willing to move my family for a job. I understand that you dont want to settle, but sometimes settling is just something you might have to do for a year or two.
     
  23. munchkin

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    joy71o81: Its nice to hear someone have good support. For so long, its always been me making the adjustments as we picked up and moved when my hubby would start a new job. (12 times in 25 years. Last move has lasted 8.5 years) Now, my hubby's finally beginning to think that maybe it would be my turn to make the move for the job. He actually almost caused me to pass out last Friday when he told me he thought I should go back to school and get my masters as a media specialist (which has been a dream of mine since I was in junior high)!! He thinks I should be able to do it in less than 2 years. I told him its 30+ credit hours, and only if I went full time to school would I be able to do that, and it is not financially feasible for me to do that. Only if I won the lottery!!!:eek:
    I looked at the North Carolina job line. I am interested. I will probably go ahead and chunk down the $100 application fee, and go for it this weekend. Never saw a state where you had to pay just to put an application in..... :sigh: But, if it means a chance to interview... hey its better than what's been happening to me the past five years in SC!!
     
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    yes, it was verrrry interesting. I will get more time later this weekend to do more research.
    Thanks for the lead!:D
     
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    I'm teaching in IL so I hold a license for all areas and abilities of special ed, K-12. I'm currently teaching 4-6 LD and OHI. I'm also teaching Title I Reading for the same age group. Depending on what state you're certified in will limit what you're able to apply for. I was contacted before my student teaching about one position, K-3 severe and profound disabilities. This is not what I really wanted to teach, but since I was just amazed that I had been offered a position 6 months before I would even be certified, I tentatively agreed to take the position. Then, when I got closer to being finished with my student teaching, several other offers were made it me. I got to choose between the job I just mentioned, K-1 Behavior Disorders, and an alternative high school BD program. I chose the position I'm in now as BD has never been my favorite. It is easier to find a job over the summer and I'm sure I would have had many more opportunities. However, it is possible to find a position midyear. I would say that you first need to research what you will be certified to teach sped in and then take some time to decide what age group and ability levels you're interested in. Sped is such a diverse field that no two jobs are going to be the same. It's also a very rewarding but challenging field. If it's not for you, it still may be an in to a district. I've known several eled majors that were not able to find positions until they became certified in sped. After taking a sped position, they were able to transfer within the district to an eled job after a year or two. It's certainly not the best way to do it and if you only go into sped just for the opportunity to transfer later, make sure the kids don't suffer. I've heard too many stories about teachers in special ed that really don't care about the kids and they're only doing it for the pay check. The students with disabilities need passionate, highly trained teachers that truly care about their students. Okay, I'll get off my soap box now. :eek: This is just something I really care about. And I hope no one is offended by what I've written here. We're all teachers because we want the best for our students.
     
  26. cumminch

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    December Grads there are teaching jobs out there.

    We are currently hiring at my school and are having a hard time finding anyone to interview. We were hoping that there would be some December grads who would be looking for teaching positions and yet we have only had 3 people apply. We have had such an overwhelming influx of students in the last couple of months that we need to hire someone to help take the load off some of our elementary teachers. I myself took some jobs in the middle of the year or after school was well underway for the year and they were some of the best jobs I took. Most people worry about taking these jobs especially when they are jobs that are because of large class sizes where you will get students from other teachers. Most of us teachers are not going to dump our "bad" kids. We are going to move kids who we will think will make the move smoothly and without much interruption to their education.

    Don't give up hope there is something out there and be willing to look at those jobs that are posted mid year.
     
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    Can you post the info for anyone who is interested? Or can they PM you for it?
     
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    Hiring December Grads

    We are a national online virtual school called Connections Academy. If you go to Connectionsacademy.com you will be able to see our current job openings in our current schools. We only have 10 states right now but are going to open 2-3 more in the next year.


    If you have any other questions about openings or even wanting to know more about teaching online please feel free to ask.
     

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