I finally have a good idea of what I want to do! Now what?
August 26, 2013 1:10 PM Subscribe
I have been very slow when it comes to getting my career off of the ground. I've decided that I need to focus on what I can do right away to begin working in the field that I love. I want to help teenagers or adults with low literacy learn how to read.
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I graduated from teacher's college a little over a year ago, and like many, could not find work in any of the school boards in my area. This hasn't disappointed me that greatly, in fact, I gave up on the idea of teaching secondary school very easily. Upon reflection, I realized that teaching in the traditional classroom doesn't quite appeal to me. The most satisfying volunteer and practice-teaching experiences that I have had have been teaching basic literacy skills in small groups or one-on-one to either teenagers or adults. When I look at websites for these places that provide literacy instruction, I only seem to find volunteer opportunities available. If only I could see what the job listings ask for in terms of qualifications, I could see if I qualify or otherwise try to make myself more marketable.
I currently volunteer as a literacy tutor, and am a member of the Literacy Council in my city. I have a bachelor degree in English, a bachelor in Education, an additional qualification in Special Education, and a handful of volunteer experiences in literacy instruction.
I live in Southern Ontario, and Hamilton or London are the cities where I hope to work and live in the future.
I am looking for suggestions for:
1. Classes/Programs that I can take to qualify to work in any institution that provides literacy instruction to teenagers or adults.
2. Resources that will help me to be well-informed on the subject of literacy. Blogs, books, reports, anything!
3. Ideas for the potential areas I may want to pursue in the field. For instance, teaching is the obvious one, but what about developing the resources that are used in the classroom?
4. How should I go about my job search? In the past I've been awfully passive and oblivious, and I'd like to change this.
I know that my question is very broad, but I'm just finding it very hard to get started in the right direction. I'd really appreciate your input!