Some Encouragement to all you Job Seekers!

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  1. omnipadme

    omnipadme Rookie

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    I just wanted to come in and tell my story- hopefully it will inspire someone else who's struggling to find a job as a teacher!

    A year and half ago, I decided I wanted to be a teacher. I worked as a legal assistant for 4 years after college and I didn't want to go anywhere near law (Zzzz...)! I was working as a tutor on a part-time basis for extra money and decided that I wanted to explore the teacher route because I really enjoyed working with kids. At the time, I had heard all the stories about there being a SHORTAGE of teachers and thought I would have no issue getting a job. This was before the budget debacle of 2011. I went with the texas teachers ACP program & was shocked by how many people had the same bright idea I had. There had to be over 300 people in the training session- I did the math and that's about 1500+ potential teachers from one program year all trying to get a job just like me. Not to mention the people graduating from college with their teacher certifications and enrolled in other ACP programs. I thought this would be a piece of cake, but little did I know!

    Even though I was certified generalist ec-6, 4-8, and esl, I had zero experience teaching (not even student teaching) and had little hope of getting a job. I had also relocated from austin to houston during this time and went back to work in the private sector so I could eat at least:lol: I hated it! Once I got settled in to the new city, I signed up as a substitute with both katy and cyfair isd. They are 2 very difficult school districts to get hired in, but that's what I wanted! I didn't even apply elsewhere. I quite my job as soon as I was green-lighted as a sub and true enough, I really enjoyed working with the kids every day.

    About a week after leaving my private sector job, I received a call from cyfair's hr department to come in for a screening interview. I was in shock and so happy! I got the green light from them as well to be in the principals' hiring pool, but I was discourage because there was still no guarantee of if I would ever be hired. I met subs who had been subbing for YEARS, had been to several interviews and still no job. Not to mention all the things I read on this forum about the difficulty of getting hired :mellow:

    I decided to brave the opposition and make sure all my ducks were in a row. If I got a call for an interview- great. If not, all good! I decided to just be positive about the situation and keep my mental state in the right place, knowing that the right position would be waiting for me as long as I worked hard towards my goal.

    Out of the blue I received a call for an interview for an elementary position! This is what I originally wanted to teach, but HR indicated that elementary was saturated and very difficult to get hired in (the reason why I got the generalist 4-8 cert). The following day I had the most amazing interview and the principal recommended me for the position the same week!

    My very first interview ever for a teacher position and I snagged the job:thumb: it IS possible, so don't get discouraged! I wanted to encourage everyone to stay positive and working towards their goals.

    This book helped me keep my mind in the right state: Law of Attraction by Michael J. Losier

    The joy is in the journey folks! Enjoy the best of success!!!! :hugs:
     
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  3. mopar

    mopar Multitudinous

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    Congrats!

    Thanks for sharing your story!
     
  4. TeachTN

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    I thought you were trying to stay away from law :)

    It's great to see that there is hope - congrats!!!
     
  5. Kangaroo22

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    Congratulations! :)
     
  6. dream2bateach

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    Thanks for posting! It's definitely great to hear a success story especially from someone who also took the non-traditional route into teaching.
     
  7. ready2teachintx

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    Congrats! Great to hear this:)
     
  8. elateacher4life

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    Congratulations on your job!
     
  9. leighbball

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    Congrats!! What will you be teaching?
     
  10. Rainbowbird

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    Awesome! Congrats!
     
  11. mathguy_2332

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    Congrats!!

    so I am curious; how long did you sub before you were called into an interview?
    Congrats on your big job!!
     
  12. giraffe326

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    Congratulations!
     
  13. omnipadme

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    I only subbed about 2 days a week since February 2012- thanks!
     
  14. omnipadme

    omnipadme Rookie

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    hahaha:lol: cant get away from it!
     
  15. omnipadme

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    LA & Social Studies 3rd grade- thanks!
     

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