As many people know, finding an ideal job is, well, tough, even under the best circumstances. The key really is NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK. And what do you do when most of your working life has been spent overseas, and not in the small community to which you decide to move?
You NETWORK! And network I did, then was fortunate to be called in as a substitute teacher at a local high-school.
Now, all the searches out there turn up posts about how rough it is, how un-wonderful. But there are a lot of great things about being a sub.
I am getting enough work at just one school, so I don’t find myself all over the place
I have taught there enough to get to know many of the students
The school is close to home, so I don’t need to battle traffic or crappy roads;
I do not work long hours at all – basically, a full day would be 8:30-ish to 3:45-ish
I don’t need to pay much on gas at all – heck, I can jog to the school if I wanted to.
I don’t have to pay for parking
I’ve gotten to know quite a few of the regular teachers – who are all friendly and nice
I work “on call” – so, I can never really make plans ahead of time
I only get paid for when I work, and for how much I work on a given day
There is NO job security; they don’t even have to fire me – they can simply decide to stop calling
I, of course, get no benefits (no medical, no vacation time)
So, there you have it – the pros do outweigh the cons! I honestly can’t complain, especially in this frigid weather, when commuting sucks, and getting home after dark sucks!