For most undergraduate Education majors, student teaching will be your most in-depth teaching experience, one that will be featured prominently on your resume and from which you will share numerous examples of your work impacting and educating students. And while student teaching is an incredibly busy, stressful, amazing experience, consider the following to set yourself up for a successful job search:
Summer is winding down and you'll soon be returning to your campus, reconnecting with friends and getting back to the college routine. Even if student teaching and graduation are a few semesters away, there are a number of things you can do to set yourself up for post-graduation success conveniently on your own campus!
A fun game for all ages, especially if you're good at it. Think of recruitment fairs as a strategic game of memory. Many educators, new and veteran, will ask if they should attend recruitment fairs. Absolutely!
As someone looking into teaching, you may think I never took education classes in college. The great news is many states have alternative licensing programs. These programs allow you to teach, while earning your teacher license/credential.
Looking at teaching, we can spin this game differently to help educators find their dream job.
There are endless possibilities for your education career, keep growing your personal story by adding to your "have you ever" story.
Our profession has become more and more competitive. Districts are on the hunt for the best and the brightest. Our children deserve no less! Candidates are competing for jobs with others from all over. We recognize the shortages in areas of math, science, special education and world languages.
We are more digitally connected than ever before. Because of that I have become more digitally paranoid than ever before and frankly, it is a paranoia that I have embraced because it comes from the horror stories of careers being derailed and professional reputations trashed through the many forms of social media.
Similar to football, if you are going to be victorious in the job search game, it is what you do with the time prior to applying and interviewing for a job that will be most influential to obtaining the job you want. It will hinge on your game plan. Below are a few critical item to consider when putting together a strong game plan:
Beating the Odds: How Mentorship Sustains Underrepresented Populations Entering the Education Profession
Students from underrepresented populations, who often face obstacles related to their minority status in society, stand to benefit from strong mentors--particularly ones who share the students' culture or other background. When navigating in a community that doesn't look like them, students can develop greater confidence in their ability to succeed when they have the support of someone who has already done so.