Jobs other than subbing

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  1. Ms.T

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    Hi Guys,
    I'm just taking a little poll, out of curiosity. I'm wondering what else everyone does for work while waiting for the "real teaching job" to come along.

    In addition to subbing or being a teaching assistant for the past 3 years, I wait tables. My dilemma is that since a teaching job is looking more and more grim for this fall, I need to get out of the restaurant business. But where I live -- and probably most places -- subbing pays terribly! It pays $75/day and of course there are no benefits.
    But every day that I have to wait on people I want to slit my wrists.

    Does anybody subsist on subbing alone? If not, what else do you do?
     
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  3. Mrs_Goatess

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    Try sub paying $73.50/day, no benefits. Even long-terms are $126/day. My husband is a student worker at a community college. We manage to keep us and kitty fed. :D

    I've been a secretary at a real estate office this summer. My boss is my landlord, so there was mutual interests involved. It's LAZY work though, and I know I'll miss it whenever my class gets loud.
     
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    ms. t.-i would look into some kind of tutoring or private (after school) instruction. i used to teach for sylvan learning center and that was a decent way to make some extra money. i was told by my former principal that licensed teachers are getting like $30/hr (hard to believe, i know!) to tutor kids on the side. just an idea! -meri
     
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    I work as a case manager for developmentally disabled adults withing a non-profit agency. I work 4 days a week, full time w/benefits.

    My masters is in SPED, this job gives me experience of a different kind. I have to manage a caseload of 27 individuals and do mandatory paperwork on each one every month. I am staying in the field of SPED this way.

    I feel the office skills I have learned will help me out when I am a classroom teacher. I am also lucky in that I get to attend lots of conferences for free.
     
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    I currently work for an insurance company (with benefits). I have turned in my letter of resignation and my last day will be this Friday.

    From here, I am going to sub for 2 different school districts, and am looking forward to it. It is going to be hard to take the pay cut and zero benefits, but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. I just hope it is a temporary one!
     
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    I used to just sub as my income for a semester. It was very tight, money wise. I think tutoring is a great suggestion. Or, maybe you can coach or teach an after school program that is offered at a school you sub at. I got hired to do an after school homework club when I was subbing.
     
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    It is hard to live on a sub salary. I did it for 6 months and it was hard.
     
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    I subbed for 7 years and the past four yrs I have been a para. As a para I get health benefits, which is very nice. I also tutor on the side. This summer I worked at a extended school year program three days a week, tutored (after summer school) and was a waitress four days a week.
     
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    When I subbed, I had to find another job after that. It really is hard to manage if you don't live at home.
     
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    That's great!
     
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    Thanks NJ!
     
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    Just a sidenote.... if you absolutely can't afford to sub, and you enjoy special populations there are many non-profits out there. Many require a Humans Service degree, but teaching is also a preferred degree.
     
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    Subs in my district make $50/day!
    I have heard of them making less in other parts of Alabama...
    It is hard to even get someone to sub in classrooms because of the poor pay and rude kids. I don't think that I could do it.
    Working fast food makes a little more than subs do... around here at least.
     
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    When I subbed for the last 2 years, that's all I did and like most, I was multiple district. Then again, I've been living at home yet so it wasn't like I was trying to live off sub pay as some attempt to do.

    As a new Teacher's Aide, the only job I will have is the TA job itself. Granted, it's only $15,787.20 a year, however, I'll still be at home with my parental unit so, like subbing, it's all I'll need to be doing and will, as always, get by just fine.
     
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    I have subbed for two years in two/three districts...luckily had a long-term sub position last school year....had to sale my home and was deep in debt, one reason no benefits...older adult. So my question is are most of you in your 20's or 30's....have you just received your credential and are fresh out of college....or have you been looking for a teaching position for awhile....I love children and want to do something in that field but I don't know where to turn....I'm thinking about moving out of CA....maybe Utah, does anyone have any thoughts? Thanks for your advice, misscyteach
     
  17. Ms.T

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    misscyteach,

    I'm 30, own a home (with my husband), and currently wait tables full time. The only time I subbed full time was when it was a long-term sub position, which pays about $170/day here. But I cannot pay my bills, student loans, etc. on $75/day regular sub pay. I was thinking of looking into preschools or daycares; that might at least have some benefits. My current boss doesn't give me any benefits, even though I've been there for years. Not even a stupid sick day!

    So, I have no advice, but I know how you feel...
     
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    Ms. T: How long have you been looking for a full time teaching position? Have you had any interviews? Have you applied at many districts? I feel your pain also....just curious and glad to know I'm not alone in this boat. Thanks for your response.
     
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    I had an interesting situation: I subbed for my student teaching class for almost the entire school year because my Cooperating teacher got unexpectedly ill and had to take a leave. So, that was year 1. Everybody at that school thought for sure I'd get a full time position out of it, but I didn't. I did 3 interviews for that district, one of which was for that school, but when it was between me and one other applicant, I lost. The next year I did some more subbing, then was a teacher's assistant for a semester, and had 2 more interviews in that district, plus one at a private school and one at a charter. Then I subbed some more. This summer I've had 2 interviews.

    Typing all of this out makes me feel like a dud or something! What do these schools and interviewers want from us?! I have experience, what's the deal? I generally even feel like I'm prepared for the interviews, although I'm quite nervous.

    That's my story.:) It's probably a lot like other people looking for a job here. I know something will pan out soon.
     
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    That's what I did this past year--I was moving from VA to NY, had a full-time job at a summer camp for SPED, so instead of going crazy trying to find a teaching job while living at camp, I took a job at a not-for-profit (I'm a Residential Behavior Specialist). It is still teaching-related, has steady hours/steady pay (though not the greatest pay), and I actually use a lot of my education background all the time.
     
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    Hi Ellen

    We've talked before. Hope all is well..:)
     
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    Last school year, I subbed and also had two other jobs to make ends meet. There's no way I could have survived on subbing alone. I worked at the YMCA and also did some tutoring. It would be nice to get that one "real" job.
     
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    Professional college student and student loan spender, and when I am done with that, mom. OH, add professional job getting worry wart, have that down pat.
     
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    I'm in early childhood, and I have been looking at local libraries. The one around here had an opening for a Children's Librarian-- and the woman I spoke to told me I would qualify for that. If you teach older children, libraries often look for teen librarians as well. Pay is suprisingly good.
     

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