Where do I go from here? Teacher Edition
March 4, 2013 5:49 PM Subscribe
What's my next professional step? I recently earned my teaching license, but I couldn't get a teaching job. I have had to take a step backwards and am now working as an administrative assistant again, which I hate. Do I keep trying to find the elusive teaching job or leave the dream behind?
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I earned my teaching certification and surprise, surprise, was not able to find a full time teaching gig this year. I didn't want to eke out a living subbing, so I took a job as an admin assistant, which was the field I was trying to get away from by getting my teaching license. I've been at my job for 5 months, and I hate it more than ever. I hate sitting at a desk, in a cube, staring at a computer all day. Plus, I have a crazy and belittling supervisor. In a panic, I applied to another administrative assistant job and was offered the position. But I'm torn as to whether I should take it, or hold out for a teaching position this upcoming school year. On one hand, this new admin job pays $6,000 more than I'm currently making, and I really want to flee my crazy boss. On the other hand, I am fairly sure that I'll continue to feel dissatisfied and depressed as an administrative assistant again. I'm also hesitant about teaching, though, as teaching jobs are almost impossible to get in my city, and my student teaching experience was actually pretty negative and exhausting. Sometimes I think that I should abandon teaching altogether and perhaps taking the pre-requisites for occupational therapy school. Oh, and I'm 36 and single, so I feel the pressure to have a stable job to support myself. Any advice from teachers and others would be much appreciated!