One of my classes this semester is an elective called “Careers in Special Education Outside of the K-12 Environment”. The course is allowing me to see other alternatives to teaching that I can do with my degree (which can’t happen soon enough…is it December 14th yet?). This course, paired with the fact that I only have a month and a half until I enter “the real world”, have forced me to sit down, think about what I want to do with my life, and start applying for jobs.
And applying for jobs is exactly what I did this weekend. I have been bookmarking jobs in all sorts of fields, and I have started applications for teaching positions in Maryland as well. Because districts don’t have anything posted right now, I’ve applied for substitute positions, and I’m also getting applications together just to send to districts just to get my name out there.
I’ve also scoured jobs in higher education including one that involves working with student athletes (which I totally miss being sometimes) and another one that would allow me to oversee some of the going-ons in the graduate studies department. If you didn’t know, I am currently the head of our graduate student board on campus, which has encouraged me to get involved in programs on campus that affect graduate students.
Eventually, I’d really like to get my doctorate in special education in become a professor…turns out I need experience first . It’s just so time consuming and frustrating to apply for jobs that currently don’t even exist. But I guess I have to do what I must.
There are a few things I would enjoy doing for the rest of my life: working for a non-profit or foundation (Special Olympics or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!), teaching, or working in higher education. Now I just have to find a job that I love in one of those areas…
At least since I was dog sitting, I had some puppies to keep me company while I worked!
I really hope something pans out in the near future. Hopefully, I can at least sub until something long-term comes about. Only time can tell! Luckily I have the rest of my life to figure it out!
For those of you with jobs – any sites I should be using to help find potential opportunities??