In May, my buddy Jamal shared his experience as a December 2010 college graduate who hit a couple road blocks on the way to his goal: becoming a certified music teacher…with an actual job teaching music. He had to work at Target to pay to retake his teacher certification tests, and once he passed, had a tough time finding job openings. It was the middle of the school year, after all.
Well, The Post College Life is elated to report that Jamal is now Mr. Jamal, Music Teacher Extraordinaire to children pre-k through 5th grade!!!!
He was caught off guard in this picture. Mr. Jamal is actually a pretty jolly guy. Or so he claims. >___<
The kiddies filed into class last week, so I hopped on Skype to ask Jamal how things are going so far. Continue reading
Jamal is my Youtube-turned-real-life friend! He’s cool people, so I’m pumped that he agreed to share his story with The Post College Life. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Texas A&M Commerce in 2010, hit a couple roadblocks trying to get certified as a teacher, and is currently working in retail. I caught him in this “in-between” stage in his post-college life, but no doubt he’s working toward his goal and will soon be teaching the kiddies! Sending good vibes your way, Jamal. Now let’s get into the interview…
Where are you in your post-college life right now?
I’m in the mid-20s crisis right now. I’m 25. I have my degree. But nothing’s working. Nobody envisions themselves being out of college for a year and not being in their field yet. You think you’ll get your degree, get interviews, and get the job. And most of that happened – degree, interviews…but no job. Because I didn’t have my certification yet. Thus enters Target. The bane of my existence.
Yup. The red shirt and errrthang. Continue reading
Dari “Calamari” is a 24 year old from North Carolina. I’ve been watching her Youtube vids for YEARS *fangirl scream* so I’m excited that you all get to hear her story. Hopefully her experiences can help someone out there! She earned her BA in Art with and Education minor from UNC-Charlotte and is Air Force-bound soon. From teaching to the decision to enlist, Dari takes us through her post college life. Be sure to subscribe to her Youtube channel applesandmustard!