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Most prospective teachers want to begin teaching immediately after graduating. Most college graduates have large quantities of student loan debt and are eager to begin their careers as quickly as they can. Although teachers are needed throughout the United States, state and local budget cuts have stifled demand for teachers. To add to the difficulties of finding teaching jobs after graduating, many school districts are filling open teaching positions with experienced educators. If you’re still looking for a teaching job, the following tips will assist you during the interview process:
Improve and enhance your resume prior to your job search. Even if you lack applicable work experience, you can emphasize extra-curricular activities you participated in during college, volunteer work, or experience acquired during an internship. A good resume can help you obtain interviews. It’s essential you develop an effective resume since it can familiarize a potential employer with you. To present your resume professionally, print it on high-grade paper and check it multi-times for spelling and grammatical errors. Mistakes on your resume can reflect poorly on you.
There are a variety of strategies you can utilize to locate available teaching jobs. A great place to find information about open jobs is at the human resource departments of school districts. Another way to locate teaching opportunities is to attend job fairs, whether they be online fairs or fairs where you can interact one-one-one with recruiters. Since many states have laws requiring local school districts to post open positions in newspapers, it’s recommended to frequently review the classified ad sections of major newspapers. Likewise, take time to frequently review online sites featuring job listings, and visit the local office of your state’s employment assistance service. Prospective teachers willing to work in another state or region can expand the number of available teaching opportunities.
After finding jobs you would like to pursue, it’s advisable to prepare yourself for the interviewing process. Even if a school district you are interested working for does not schedule an interview with you immediately, do not get discouraged since it takes districts a long time to review the resumes of all applicants. Likewise, many school districts have positions become available just prior to the beginning of new school years. It’s also a good idea to indicate on your resume if you’re interested in working as a substitute teacher. Be prepared with answers to the following interview questions:
- What is your teaching philosophy?
- What will you do in a classroom to motivate students?
- How will you manage your classroom?
- Describe how you will communicate and provide feedback for parents?
- How will you discipline students with behavioral problems?
It’s also not uncommon to be asked just prior to the conclusion of an interview whether you have questions for the interviewer. Many candidates make the mistake of not asking the interviewer any questions. The interviewer may get the impression that you have little interest in the job when you are not prepared with questions. If you do not have any specific questions, it’s good to inquire about common classroom sizes, availability of technology teaching resources and anything else you would like more information about. It’s also advisable to ask for a tour of the school to demonstrate your interest in the position.
Do you have a dead end job where there are few, if any, opportunities for promotion? If this describes you, there are still opportunities to make a career transition to pursue the job you’ve always wanted. To make a career change, you might have to obtain more education. Whether you enjoy learning or want a higher paying job, continuing education can be pursued at anytime during one’s working life.
In fact, continuing education can open up previously closed doors or lead to better job opportunities. Continuing education usually refers to college courses or other vocational training obtained by older adults or working professionals.
This has been corroborated by research, which finds that students in continuing education programs are usually older adults or working professionals.
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, demand for continuing education for adults aged 35 or older should grow by 7 percent until 2016.
Economic conditions are one of the main reasons driving demand for continuing education, and many people enroll in continuing education programs during recessions. Likewise, during recessions, many workers seek to improve skills to remain hired or find new job opportunities.
The following benefits can be derived from obtaining more education:
- Those with jobs who obtain graduate degrees improve promotion opportunities and can qualify for higher wages. It is often required to complete specialized training to quality for certain jobs, such as management or administration positions.
- Obtaining additional education can also increase one’s marketability in the job market.
- Continuing education is the way to develop new skills or knowledge necessary for a career transition.
- Continuing education is a great way to learn about subjects of personal interest. Courses taken do not necessarily have to be related to an individual’s job.
- Obtaining more education can improve one’s image in family or social circles.
- Obtaining additional education or completing a college program can enhance self-image and have positive effects on other aspects of a person’s life.
Some people enroll in college because they love learning, while some do so to qualify for certain jobs. However, many people feel unable to re-enroll in college since they must keep their full-time jobs. Working professionals wanting to keep their jobs but obtain more education can enroll in online continuing education programs.
People can return to school at any age. In fact, many older adults and working professionals are taking advantage of the opportunities provided by returning to college or earning additional degrees.
Do you strive to attend an ivy league or other respected school to impress others and receive a first-class education? It is important to consider a variety of factors, not just education, when selecting a school. Many people consider social, economic, and geographic factors before committing to attend a certain school.
Non-education related aspects unique to a college can be as vital to your future career as the actual education you receive. Once you’ve determined what you are looking for in a college, you can narrow the number of colleges you are considering.
Identifying basic college criteria
Beginning your search for a college to attend will be an easier process after determining your most important factors first. Every person is unique, so what you are looking for in a college might greatly differ from what your peers are looking for. For example, many people want to attend a college far away from their home towns, while other people prefer to stay close to home. Students also differ on such factors as tuition costs, availability of extra-curricular activities, and whether they prefer to attend a private or public college. If you can narrow what you’re looking for in a school, it will make it easier to determine your ideal school.
The type of academic programs offered by a school is a very important factor, but the geographic location is also something that must be considered. Many people prefer to study at colleges located in big cities or warm climates. Likewise, many young adults want the opportunity to learn and grow far from home, while many prefer to remain near their hometowns.
When selecting a college, it’s also important to determine the type of surroundings you’d prefer to live near. For example, many people would prefer to live in a trendy urban area with numerous nightclubs rather than in a rural setting. Colleges are located in the largest cities, such as New York, and small rural cities, such as Corvallis, OR.
Young adults who grew up in suburban communities often prefer to move to big cities to attend college. However, many young adults find it difficult to live away from shopping malls and other services available in suburban areas. These are just a few factors students should consider before moving to a new city or setting.
Students also need to determine whether they prefer to study at schools with large or small student enrollments. Many private colleges have small student bodies while public universities often have student bodies over 30,000 students. The following are factors to consider:
- Was the student body at your high school large or small?
- Is your hometown a small town or large city?
- Do you prefer large or small crowds?
It’s also important to consider whether you want to study on a campus where classes are spread far apart or close together. Large public universities usually have campuses sprawled across a large geographic area, and small private colleges usually have small campuses. Class sizes at small schools are usually smaller and more personalized.