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Apologies for tone, it’s been a very rough week.
But here’s the thing - for whatever reason, despite moments where I’ve laughed at myself a little…less than stably, going, “why, why do you want to do this, this is what you want to do with the next umpteen years of your life,” I have never had a moment where I don’t actually want to do this for the next umpteen years of my life.
I’ve had moments where I wonder how I’m going to do it, but I have not had one moment where I didn’t want to.
I told my mother I was considering staying on another month, if I find no job to go to, with my current program — the summer ends a few days after my lease does, but I feel like it would be better for them to have someone familiar help lead them into the new school year, especially since much of my focus with them is on homework and tutoring during school months, than for me to leave and “let a chapter close” with the end of the summer programming. I came during the school year and instilled some good attitudes and habits, that’s how I want to go.
My mother asked, "What are you doing with your degree?"
She expressed that she is worried that I don’t know what I’m doing with my life.
She is concerned that I am “wasting the degree [I] worked so hard for.”
I told her that I don’t know what more she wants from me if no one hires me, that it was a short-term, potential, if-all-other-things-don’t-work-out decision — she is convinced that I am going to “work a part time job for the rest of [my] life.”
And I hate to admit it, but that attitude has been looming as I search and apply for jobs, as I try to make life decisions, and when I go into work every morning and come home every night.
It is not a good feeling, and I don’t know how to get rid of it.
Every once in awhile I post a job description that might be something satisfying to someone who, for whatever reason, needs to leave the teaching field.
Child life specialists are trained professionals with expertise in helping children and their families overcome life’s most challenging events.
Armed with a strong background in child development and family systems, child life specialists promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. They provide emotional support for families, and encourage optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization. Because they understand that a child’s wellbeing depends on the support of the family, child life specialists provide information, support and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members. They also play a vital role in educating caregivers, administrators, and the general public about the needs of children under stress.
Colleen’s mother was very excited to tell me about this one, and I’m passing it along to you. It’s incredibly worthwhile work, does require some additional training and certification, but builds on skills many teachers may already have.
The explanation of why and how this works is very interesting. One would think, then, that it would be prudent to make more investments in alleviating student loan debt or making new jobs for young people, when the returning-to-the-nest situation is based on need and could be relieved by assistance.
But I’m particularly interested on hearing your thoughts in regard to situations like Mr. Bouvier’s, which is not one I’d heard before:
But even some young people who can afford to move out have decided to wait until getting on more solid footing. Prudence, not necessity, has kept them at home.
Jay Bouvier, 26, has a full-time job teaching physical education and health and coaching football and baseball at a high school in Hartford, near his parents’ house in Bristol. He could rent his own apartment — after taxes he makes about $45,000 a year, he says — but has decided not to. He says he will stay with his parents until he has saved enough to buy his own house.
“I have it pretty good at home, since it’s so close to my work, and financially I just feel like it’s smarter for the long run to buy,” he said. He says that living with his parents enables him to set aside about half of each paycheck. “It’s like I pay rent, but to myself.”
Mr. Bouvier, now three years out of school, is hoping to move into his own house early next year, ideally a place that he can “fix up and turn into good investment.” He says he’ll hire a construction crew to help with the renovations.
“You know, they really should have kept that tax incentive for first-time home buyers,” he said. “I’m creating jobs after all. I thought that was a good thing.”
Sent them an email a little over a week after putting my resume in, asking if we would hear if they had filled the position. (They specified no phone calls.)
When they wrote back to tell me that they filled the position…
They spelled my name wrong.
My name that I had signed the email with.
Insult to injury.
Nothing makes you feel quite so off about not working in a school quite like walking through a Dollar Tree in August. Classroom and teacher supplies everywhere.
(Quotes because I know they aren’t my kids, but in a way, they always are.)
try looking at residential programs, day programs, and respite positions through both local and national organizations who serve individuals with developmental disabilities, emotional disturbances, etc. These could be government institutions, non-profit organizations (both secular and faith-based), private organizations, or public health or mental health facilities.
I know that I recently posted a probably very off-putting article about the horrific conditions that have been discovered at institutions in upstate New York, but most places aren’t like this. And even for those with that unfortunate potential, having the right staff is part of the solution. I truly believe that staffing programs with well-trained and truly caring individuals — who are both passionate about working with this population and informed in regards to effective care and education strategies — can make the difference in helping someone live a full life.
Just be prepared, in some of these cases, to be working with young adults. I worked for a local organization for a month as a “community instructor” and had been hired on to work with adolescents, but instead found myself in a residential setting where all but two of the residents were older than I was. (My very short stay was actually not the result of this, but of completely unrelated family issues at the time.) Despite the age difference, it is still very rewarding work.
If you’re having trouble, think outside of teaching. I’m not saying to give up the hunt for a classroom, but it might be that you’ll need to find employment that doesn’t match up with what you were hoping for, for the time being.
Don’t think that teaching is the only thing you can do with a teaching background.
Your education background, your ability to work with others, your organizational skills (of yourself, of your work, and of other people), and your desire to make the world a better place can all help you find fulfilling positions, even temporary ones, that may not place you in a traditional classroom but still build on your strengths and let you, in some capacity, do what you love.
Consider working with youth in after-school programs, community centers, or informal counseling settings, many of which may look especially for Education majors or may accept Education majors as well as Social Work, Psychology, and other Human Resources fields.
Contact your local CPS or related government agencies. While many require specifically Social Work-related background, some local agencies have a high need for case workers and are accepting Education graduates as well.
If you’re willing to accept a volunteer position that pays a living stipend as opposed to a salary, try Americorps. Whether you’re specifically 18-to-24 or you’re out of the age bracket and need some direction, Americorps may have a program that lets you work with youth, covers your health insurance, provides a modest living stipend, and rewards you with money for education or student loans after your term of service.
And don’t be afraid to try something that might not be teaching at all. There are many ways to use the skill sets that a teacher develops — whether it’s using your ability to think on your feet to aid in conflict resolution or disaster relief, or your passion for giving your students equal opportunities at successful lives to rally volunteers or secure donations for non-profit organizations and social justice campaigns.
Most of all, never be ashamed or embarrassed if you end up in a position that isn’t what you’d hoped. Yesterday I installed the windshield of a seventh grade science teacher — in his landscaping truck. When the school year ends, a colleague of mine in our after school program sells electronics. Even if what you find isn’t putting you in the places you want to be, additional part-time work, volunteer work, and community outreach can help keep you connected to the things that make you feel like a whole person. Whether you’re a teacher, a bank teller, a construction worker, or a desk clerk, you can still use your off hours to be the world to a Little Brother or Sister, tutor in a local school, or read to children at a local library.
Try search engines made for people are looking to change the world too — I use idealist.org, but I’m sure there are other ways out there to find what you’re looking for.
Just letting you all know because I won’t have the proper requirements that I was informed of a job opening at Keene Middle School for a 6th grade English teacher, if anyone is interested and looking.
The Mental Health Counseling Master’s program I was considering previously as a means-of-survival option seems more appealing after the experience last night with a student made me realize that counseling students might be as good a fit as teaching.
Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get a straight answer as to whether or not the program will allow me to work within schools. What I’ve seen instead is a host of programs specifically for school counseling in that guidance counselor aspect, or for school psychology. Do I assume this means that a LMHC cannot work in a school — that they have to earn a Master’s specifically in School Psychology? It’s a concern mainly because I had been looking at the LMHC program for its flexibility, but if it doesn’t allow me to work with the population I’m hoping for, I’m not so certain that stands.
The school itself has bounced me between program staff and admissions counselors, none who have an answer, and the internet gives me basic information that suggests an answer if I extrapolate, but that’s not particularly helpful. Does anyone know anything more about this?