After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with honors in only 2 1/2 years, Toni immediately entered graduate school in the Fall of 2011. After only 3 semesters, she graduated again with a Master of Arts in Education, concentration early and elementary education with a specialization in child development.
I thought I would be underemployed forever. Well not forever, but at least for a few years.
When I graduated from undergraduate I immediately started graduate school, so I just took a job as an intern at an investment bank because I could do my readings and such at work and still get paid. This was working well for me until I realized that I needed to actually have some experience in the education field before anyone would accept me into an education doctoral program. Then came the job search…
So here I was looking for a job, an honor graduate from the freaking University of Texas at Austin, almost finished with a Master’s degree in education and I was having a ridiculously hard time finding a job that I was qualified for. I was turned down for a director of a day care position, assistant director, preschool teacher, admissions representative, etc. etc.
While I was in the middle of my unsuccessful job search one of my classmates from graduate school suggested that I work on an alternative teaching certificate, take a job as an “instructional assistant”, and possibly start teaching the next school year, if everything went well.
Long story short, everything went well. The principal loved me with the children and when a teaching position became available she interviewed and asked HR to offer me the job.
But before that job offer came no less than 35 applications submitted online at various school districts, daycares, preschools, private schools, career colleges, basically anywhere that had anything to do with education.
Moral of the story: Your resume can only take you so far. Who you know matters. If you can get in the door and “show them what you got”, go for it! Impressing your boss now in a job you are just settling for can mean landing that job you’ve always wanted in the future.