Tuesday, August 04, 2009

23 years and nothing

I've spent 23 years of my life in various levels of school, earning a masters in philosophy and becoming a doctoral candidate in linguistics, and, yet, I just spent some time looking at positions in independent secondary schools, and all evidence indicates that I am qualified to teach nothing.

8 comments:

fairyhedgehog said...

That's ridiculous and disappointing.

McKoala said...

Wouldn't you rather teach in a university? Teenagers. Ick.

Robin S. said...

That IS ridiculous and disappointing, as FH said, but I'm with McK, university is the way to go. I've also heard that there's a huge need for good teachers in community colleges, and you could reach people that could really use your help.

Sarah Laurenson said...

Yeah, there's a lot of that nothing going on. I hear it's worse for English majors.

Are you happy to be at the end?

chris eldin said...

I was going to make a joke about teaching something culinary... but seems your nicer friends are being, well, nice.

But seriously, I always had you pegged as a professor.

Precie said...

I sympathize...been there, had that same thought.

I take it going "on the market" isn't promising in the current economic climate? Have you done a national search? I'm sure you already know it, but www.higheredjobs.com provides international job listings for universities, colleges, CCs, etc.

Are you, by chance, considering getting a teaching certification for secondary ed? I know that would be rough to manage while finishing your diss...especially if you don't plan on staying in secondary ed as a career track.

Really, I totally sympathize.

PS--Robin--Thanks for the plug for community colleges! :) As a CC professor, I appreciate it.

Robin S. said...

Happy to do so, Precie! It's something I've been thinking about, and I think it's important work.

With paca's degrees, does that get him in the cc system?

Precie said...

I'm still fairly new to the CC environment, Robin. And I can't speak for all CCs, but...

The MA in Philosophy would qualify you to teach philosophy at a CC. The Linguistics stuff might qualify you to teach English comp, possibly.

The key to CCs, as far as I can tell, is your teaching experience.

Have you considered adjuncting, whether at a university or other institution, Paca? I know the pay sucks, but the teaching experience is great for your cv.

PS--When I say I sympathize, remember...I ended up working out of academia for 9 yrs (as a tech writer). I know what you're going through.