I was curious and looked up job outlooks for teachers. Good news, guys, if you didn’t already know the possibility of finding a job outside of college looks to be pretty high for us. Because of the baby boomers retiring, school districts are hoping to replace this generation with ours. Although it was clearly stated in the handful of websites I read that the demand is focusing on math, science, and bilingual education, I feel that even as English educators we have a hopeful future ahead of us. This brings massive relief to my mounting piles of student debt and bills I have to pay off in the years to come.
One of my worst fears is completing my undergraduate degree and getting “out there to the big, bad real world” and not finding or landing a job. It would seriously crash my world. Having this reassurance makes me feel a little better that I will probably not have to deal with that at all, and should instead focus on the places I DO want to apply for a job. If I want to teach in a public high school, what sort of school districts should I look at? What places/schools/jobs would fit me best? How do I even start to LOOK for that type of stuff? I know I’m not going to stay in Colorado to start out my teaching career, and will most likely search overseas for a job (and ultimate abroad experience I never got but really wanted as an undergrad). So, that’s a daunting task in itself. How do I start looking for a job in Germany? Or Australia? Or even New York? How do I know which job is better than the other? How do I narrow my search?
And my ultimate question is: will CSU prepare me for all this? Will they tell me how to do this? If I asked my teachers, if I asked Dr. Garcia, would they be able to tell me how?
I guess I’ve realized something about myself: I’m not worried about my job at all as soon as I’m a teacher. I hardly have any nervousness or anxiety regarding to running a classroom or coming up with lesson plans. I can deal with that easily and I’m a fast learner–I’ll get the hang of it. I guess I’m mostly concerned about the process that’ll get me there, and making sure I do it right.
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See you all tomorrow! -Natalie