Thursday, April 16, 2009

Where is the career center for real life?

Remember in high school, we all met with guidance counselors to sort of map out the future? They helped us pick classes and electives. They wrote us nice letters of recommendations for college and provided countless words of wisdom that often fell on deaf ears.

Then in college and graduate school, I worked with amazing academic advisers who really took the time to understand where I was coming from, what I wanted to get out of my educational experience and what my plans were. They too helped me select courses and helped with mapping out a plan. They offered advise that I was more receptive to, that I considered carefully and routinely sought out.

Of course, there was the career center. You could go there and search for jobs, get feedback on your resume, and even set up a mock interview. More people, more advice. So I here I am, approaching the end of my third year teaching in my current position and I am really unsure if I should stay or if I should go. On one hand I am in the process of earning permanent teacher status and worry that if I leave once I earned it, that people will think that I was just "using" my current school, principal and position to get that status.

As Sugarland sings:
There's gotta be somethin more
Gotta be more than this
I need a little less hard time
I need a little more bliss
I'm gonna take my chances
Takin a chance I might
Find what i'm lookin for
Theres gotta be something more

But then that's it. I love the kids, but I don't really like the way my program is run. I have occasional issues with the school and the administration, but would I find those same issues or possibly more challenging issues in another building? I just feel like their is a lot of "hard times" that I could do without, and that more bliss would certainly be nice. I can't tell if my ambivalence is related to the current school climate issues I expressed in my previous post or not.

I just wish that I could pop into the career office or check with my adviser to get some much needed advice.


  1. I love reading you because sometimes I just know EXACTLY what you're talking about. (Great quote by the way.) I am in much the same situation except that I am committed to this state for at least 3 years because of a grant that I got in college. I feel it too, though...that it's almost right but there's something more...a little bit that I'm missing. I don't know how much advice I can give, except to say follow your heart and do what you're supposed to be doing. Almost there just isn't good enough when we're talking about life (and how many chances we get to live it).

  2. I hear ya doll. On one hand, you know the "evils" at your current school, and have most likely learned how to deal with them. On the other hand, the "evils" may be easier to deal with at another school. I hear ya! Let me know what you decide!

  3. Well its been three years this June and the evils are showing themselves more and more. Teachen Espanol, I completely agree that ALMOST just doesnt cut it when it comes to life. And beth, I agree with you too, about not knowing what evils I may encounter elsewhere