The Job Hunt

04.01.2013

Hello! Let me tell you, this past semester has been the craziest few months of my life. It dawned on me last night that I am nearly one month away from graduating. I know all of my blogs lately have been talking about graduation, but graduating totally changes your semester. Instead of worrying about all of the normal school things like tests and papers, you worry about jobs, grad. school, and apartment hunting. I have been dying to blog because I have so many things going on in my life!

So, let's talk about the job hunt. I am a dual degree at UD, so I will graduate with a degree in biology and adolescent to young adult integrated science education (it's a mouth full). I am so glad that I have chosen the dual degree program and the integrated science licensure because there are so many integrated science positions open! To this point, I have had eight interviews with two more scheduled for this week! I have my application posted on a website called The Greater Dayton Area Employment Consortium, so I can easily apply for any position posted on the website. I also went to the education career fair at UD a couple of weeks ago and discovered that science educators are in great demand! I went to the job fair a little grumpy because the night before my printer was not working, and I needed to print 20 copies of my resume for the career fair. I hardly slept that night because I was nervous for the career fair, and I woke up that morning feeling sick. I had to bike to the College Park Center building because they didn't allow students to park there, so I was biking in the freezing cold, in a suit....Anyways, I got to the career fair and felt like I was in a shark tank! So many districts had positions and were so thrilled to hear I was science when I stopped to drop off a resume. I scheduled five interviews for that morning and decided that was enough for the day, so I went home after 12 and took a nap. I was really overwhelmed by the career fair, but I was also thrilled to know that I will probably get a job at some point.

After the career fair, I applied to a few more districts and waited for my phone to start ringing. It only took about a week to hear back from most of the schools for a second interview. The career fair interviews bumped me from the first interview to the second interview, which is nice. I had my first second interview last week, and I have two more this week. It has worked out well because a lot of schools are doing interviews this week, and I am on spring break for Mad River Local Schools right now. UD is in session, but I get to follow my student teaching schedule.

While I am on spring break, it does not really feel like it. It is a huge blessing to have all of these job openings and interviews, but it is extremely exhausting and overwhelming at the same time. I don't want to turn down any opportunity because I don't want to end up with no job, but I also don't have unlimited time. This weekend I spent nine hours on one job application alone. Also, all of my job interviews are about an hour away, which means I will spend half of Tuesday and Wednesday devoted to interviews. I am not trying to complain about it because I would much rather have a lot of interviews than none, but I want to paint the real picture of job hunting. I have enjoyed this whole process overall because I have learned a lot about the various schools and my own teaching style.

As for the rest of my spring break, I have an independent study class that has eight assignments, and I have only done one, so I will be working on that this week. I also have to study for my chemistry, physics, and general science Praxis test in two weeks. Lastly, I will be grading my mound of papers and planning for next week's lessons. If you think that your last semester of college will be a breeze, think again. While this is a crazy time in my life, I wouldn't change a thing about it. I am excited for this next step, and I am extremely grateful for the time that I have had at UD. I will try to keep you posted as my job hunt continues and the semester comes to an end. Stay tuned!

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