when to change jobs?!?!

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  1. brejohnson88

    brejohnson88 Comrade

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    I have been a special education early childhood teacher for the last 2 years. I love the kids I have and I love my classroom. it is excatly everything ive ever wanted. However, I have some issues with my boss listening to me and just not seeing eye to eye on stuff. She thinks im a great teacher- she gives me excellent reports everytime i get my evaluations. However, she never comes by and doesnt really seem to care. She showed up to a meeting once when i was asking for a personal aide for a child and gave her advice on a child without knowing anything about them! After being legally over my numbers this year and not getting any relief, I finally decided I deserve better. I applied to a job in a nearby district. Unfourtantly it was already filled.

    I get a call today from a priniciapl in a nearby district and was wondering if I would be interested in an opening. She doesnt know if I am qualified to teach it, however told me she would check and we set up a time on monday to talk. when would you decide to change jobs? Would it be only a money issue or would it be if your truely happy or not? I am happy, but not 100 percent. I know if i do get offered this position, i would make more money, not sure on how much. my friends husband told me never accept a new job offer unless you make 30 percent more...but this is the education field and that cannot be true for this field. any advice?
     
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  3. mopar

    mopar Multitudinous

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    In this economy, if I had some security in my job, I would not switch jobs unless it was my dream job that I was moving to. However, I think that if you are considering switching positions, it is worth it to at least interview and then make your decision when you know a little more.
     
  4. brejohnson88

    brejohnson88 Comrade

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    very good point mopar. I am still not sure what type of certificate i need in IL to teach developmental kindergarten. I have a rare degree (type 04) so if that degree is needed to teach this position then I would be hard to cut unless they completly did away with the program. I dont think this would be my dream job, but I am not sure how much longer I can deal with things or how much longer my school will be opened (we only have 350 students total)
     
  5. waterfall

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    I am changing jobs for next year. It was a tough decision because I had a pretty much guaranteed position at my previous school, and of course in this economy part of me felt like I should hold on to that. For me, the biggest reason was that although I loved my students, I didn't see myself staying there long term, and again, with the economy I know it can be harder for teachers with lots of experience to get new jobs.

    My main reasons:
    1. Hated the location- I relocated for this job quite simply b/c it was the only one I could find and I needed to start somewhere. I ended up in a ski resort town, and I don't ski. I met some nice people and I guess I'm lucky that I made friends at all moving 1200 miles away without knowing a soul, but there is a one-track-mindset here and I just don't fit into it. Everyone is OBSESSED with the outdoors and skiing- two things I've never really been interested in. No shopping, no restaurants, a 9 month winter with no snow days/being expected to drive in blizzards, and having even the most basic amenities being 60-120 minutes away is just not my thing.

    2. Our sped department was horribly disorganized and the people running it knew nothing. I did not feel respected as teacher at all within the department. They were constantly changing rules halfway through the year and expecting us to redo everything constantly- very low morale within the department.

    3. I've really always wanted to teach gen ed (even though I knew that was kind of a pipe dream in this economy) and I knew there was absolutely no chance of that happening in my former district. When we were interviewing for a title 1 position, my boss almost didn't want to interview a candidate b/c her resume showed her teaching title 1 for awhile and then moving to 2nd grade. My boss took this to mean that she wasn't good at interventions- her exact words were, "If I have somebody that rocks at interventions, I would never, ever let them go into a generic classroom position that I could find anybody for." I even tentatively suggested that maybe the candidate asked for the position switch/wanted to try the classroom, and she just repeated that a "good principal" would never allow that to happen- so my answer was pretty much right there. I expected to maybe start in sped somewhere else that might allow me to move in the future- when I was offered a gen ed job right off the bat, of course I jumped at it.

    4. Sped teachers are very in-demand in my state. The state universities don't offer sped as an undergraduate major- you would have to go back to grad school to get it, so there aren't a lot of people certified. My state is pay for performance and offers very little if any extra pay for having a masters, so there isn't much incentive to get one unless you're really interested in teaching in a new subject area. Out of 100 people in our sped department, literally none of them were from this state originally. In short, I pretty much knew I wouldn't have a hard time finding something else- even if it was still in sped, I could at least look for a district with a better program and in a better location. My new job isn't as secure at all- as a first year (to the district) gen ed elementary teacher, I'm pretty disposable. But for the exact job I've always wanted, it was worth it. Worst case scenario, I get cut at the end of the year and find another job somewhere else- no worse off then when I started.
     
  6. leighbball

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    I say go for the chat on Monday and if you are qualified for it, make a list of pros and cons for each job. In the end, only you can decide for sure which job is best for you, but I know that at the point where I am now (teaching for 9 years, 8 in my current district) I would never leave because of my tenure status and being halfway to longevity pay. If you choose to leave, I think its better to do it earlier in your career than later.
     

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