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Monday, April 14, 2008

Filling out all those applications pays off.


I got offered a teaching job at a school district in a Large City in Southwestern State.

I haven't a clue as to what I should do about it.

I have to decide within the next 10 days, though.

In the meantime, I am waiting to hear something back from a school district I interviewed with in a Medium-Large City in Southwestern State (I should hear back within the next 3 days), and I have a phone interview scheduled with a school district in a Rural-Border-Town in Southwestern State in about a week.

I had this whole complicated Life Plan set up with a very specific schedule that I hoped to follow. Up until this point, I had been following the schedule, but then was worried that I wasn't going to be able to find a teaching job by April as I had originally hoped - especially after so many people I talked to told me that they didn't get hired for their first jobs until July or August. Now though, with things oddly speeding up, I might know really soon. Like, within the next 10 days. A thought that is simultaneously terrifying and an incredible relief.

Additionally, I think that I love interviews. Really, where else do you get a captive audience to listen to you spout out your educational goals/philosophy/beliefs/experiences for 30+ minutes? It's fun! Really fun! I want to a job fair, scheduled four interviews - three with schools I wanted to work at, and the fourth at a school I didn't really care for but thought I'd interview with anyway. When I was told that one of the schools would offer me a position, I canceled the last interview. But I almost went through with it anyway, just for the experience of it all. Interviews can go up there on the list of things that seem very out of character for me to enjoy, but which I nonetheless am competently and confidently able to pull off. (I am incredibly quiet, very introverted, and though I deny being shy people don't believe me. However, I am always excited to give presentations or speeches, and an interview must go into that category somehow.) At least, I'm competent and confident from my perspective, this may or may not be indicative of my actual performance during interviews, but regardless, I feel good about it.


Blogger The Science Goddess said...

And nary a portfolio in sight? :)


10:42 PM  
Blogger Not Quite Grown Up... said...

Exactly. :) (Well, I did have a pseudo-portfolio with me, but no one asked to look at it.) They actually used a seemingly complicated numerical rating system to determine whether or not I would be hired...

Thanks! I'm not deciding yes for this district yet, and since I wrote this post, I got a call for another interview (so I've got two more coming up, I guess). It's all so exciting.

6:16 PM  

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