Sunday, May 20, 2012
Job Applications = Stress
I guess I never really thought about what it would be like after I graduated from college. Four years seemed like such a long time. It felt like I had forever to worry about it, and then suddenly it was right on top of me and I wasn't sure how to feel. Now it's over, and I'm even more stressed than I ever had been during my courses or student teaching. Not at all what I had expected.
I started applying for school districts back in March, after dealing with people at the University. At the job fair they practically forced me to go to the previous semester everyone had told me to start applying the first of March. However, we needed a letter of approval from the school in order to say that I would, in fact, be getting my degree to teach. Did I have said letter by March first? Naturally not. So, I was able to pull some strings, and they did give me something temporary, which was nice.
Later that month, it was cleared that I would pass (not that I was worried) and I was approved to apply for my teaching certificate. So, after filling out the information and forking over seventy-seven dollars (can someone explain that amount to me?), I could officially change the status on my applications from unavailable to pending. (Woo! Right?)
So, naturally, I assume that shortly after I graduate, which was last week, I would have my certificate emailed to me and everything would be wonderful. However, then we get another email. Now, I must wait for the school to officially post my degree date, then the school must approve and submit my request, and then the state of Texas can finally email it to me (because we obviously don't believe in paper mail anymore). Needless to say, I've been a bit irritated and stressed about the whole thing. Four years of hard work, and it's a nightmare to get the piece of paper. They just have to submit a date, I can give it to them if needed...
Unfortunately, that's only half of it. Then I get to the actual application process, and it's so long and drawn out. And then I find myself wondering, "Should I have done more? Will I even look good to them yet? They said I would have calls by mid-May, but nothing yet." I know, I know. School isn't even out yet. They don't have all the resignation letters until June, but it is definitely the most stressful thing to deal with.
So, the gist of this rant, was to let me get out how stressed and frustrated I am with the whole job process. I want to have my own classroom next year so badly. I feel like I would make an incredible teacher, and I just want the opportunity to show that. To make an impact. To finally run things my way, and have my own students to work with. I really don't think that's too much to ask for.
So, here's me, hoping I get calls for interviews soon. Wish me luck!