When is it time to move on?

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  1. ArtTeacher22

    ArtTeacher22 New Member

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    I have been actively pursuing a job as an art teacher for six years. In those six years, I had two long-term leave art positions (three years experience in total). I feel as if I will never land a permanent job teaching art and I'm ready to give up. I hear and read many stories of people getting jobs right after their student teacher and I have to wonder "What on Earth am I doing wrong?" I've met with principals, advisors, colleagues, etc. to discuss what I can do differently. Every single person tells me the same thing: "Just keep doing what you're doing, any school would be lucky to have you!" These sentiments have given me a false sense of reality. For years, I always thought my time would come. But now I have come to realize that what I have diligently worked so hard for may never happen.

    And so my question to everyone is this: Do we press on and continue toward the dream or do we count our losses and move on?
     
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  3. pommom

    pommom Comrade

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    Is art your only cert? Are you alt cert or you have your actual teaching cert already? If I was you and have been trying for that long, I would get certified to teach something else, at least you will be teaching and when the school opens up a position you can work your way for art.
     
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    teacherintexas Maven

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    I was going to suggest this. I know of three art teachers who got their current art teaching positions this way.
     
  5. Boba

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    Honestly, I'm in a similar boat as you (certified for school counseling though). If I lose my job within the next 2 years due to budget cuts, I'm considering leaving education altogether, going back to school, and pursuing something that's not as limited. I don't see myself as a teacher anymore so I know I don't want to get certified to teach something else (I like school counseling).
     
  6. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Are you able to relocate?
     

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