October 21, 2008

Hired x 3

Well, I knew when I quit my full time job that I would have to find some part-time work. It was important to me to stay in the educational field, because I really want to go back to work in the school system one day. My goal was to get hired through Florida Virtual School, but after months of rejection I finally decided to branch out. So, in the past month or two I have found a couple other jobs.

JOB # 1 - Tutoring elementary school students in reading and math. This is a great job and I really enjoy it. However, I was only assigned 2 students!!! Also, this job is very 'seasonal'. I'll probably only tutor the kids until February or March. So, I went back to the drawing board and found....

JOB # 2 - Online teacher for Educate Online, Inc. This job I can do from home, but I am on the phone during the teaching session so I'll only be able to do it on Saturdays and weeknights when Ben is with Sadie. With this job I had to commit to at least 10 hours a week. The pay is not great, but I feel like the potential for advancement is high. Also, the reason I've had so much trouble getting a job with FLVS is due to my lack of experience. With this job I am considered an online teacher, not just a tutor. Not bad, right? Well, the paperwork takes 4 MONTHS to process! So, I was contacted by another company saying they had a need for online tutors....

JOB # 3 - Online tutor for Tutor.com. I'm pretty excited about this job. The way it works is almost like you are instant messaging a student online with a cool 'whiteboard' area where you can draw and demonstrate principles/pictures. I've had quite a bit of training in it already and it's really impressive. Hopefully, I'll start this one in the next week or two.

I was a little discouraged that after years of education and two degrees the best job I could get was as a tutor, but you can't put a pricetag on the flexibility they provide which allows me to be at home with Sadie. And, from what I've done so far, they're pretty stress-free and suprisingly fun. When the paperwork from job # 2 goes through I may have to reevaulate what I can handle, but if it's not overwhelming I'd really like to try to stick with all three for a year or two and see if (1) I get a promotion with one of the companies or (2) the experience allows me to get hired through FLVS. Time will tell....

2 comments:

meyersmp said...

Just keep at it. I'm sure the companies will see how much you are worth to them and the students and you'll be able to advance one way or another

Kurt 'n Des said...

wow 3 jobs, one child, a husband and a dog!!!! How do you do it! You're my inspiration.
Do you have to have a degree to tutor?