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IA_Sub 06-13-2013 02:35 AM

Opinion about a job
I have been subbing for three years and have not been able to get a full time position yet so it looks like I will be subbing again next yet but I also work at the Ymca here where I am a camp counselor and I have an opportunity to become a supervisor which might be full time (or at least 35 hours a week) and around 11 dollars an hour (about two $ less per hour than I make subbing). My dilemma is that this would be more steady work and overall more money at a place I enjoy working at but I would be getting out of the school system and I'm worried that will make it harder for me to find a teaching job. What do you guys think?

NJSubteacher 06-13-2013 04:13 AM

First off, if you sub just about every day, you would still make more subbing as long as you can secure a summer job with the Y each year. Getting a full time teaching job is just as hard as winning the lottery these days. Also, due to more federal cuts next year, many special ed positions are being cut and eventually special ed wont even be in demand anymore. IF you don't get work everyday as a sub, then I would go for the full time position especially if they offer benefits, which they would have to with the new law starting in Jan. Go where the money is and what makes you happier!

Lynette12 06-13-2013 05:06 AM

I was in the same dilemma. Although, the job I took is part time (although, I do work full time) no benefits. But I enjoy it. I deliver mail for the Post Office. I am trying it for the summer and if I decide to go back to subbing, I can always do that. I think potential employers will look at any work you do as profit and not dismiss you because you are not subbing. I have not been able to find a teaching job for 7 years. I enjoyed subbing but knowing where I am going every day is nice and having work for the summer is a plus! Do what you think is best, you know you can always come back to subbing if this job does not work out.

3leggedtable 06-13-2013 03:25 PM

I would take the full time job and continue applying for teaching positions. You can return to subbing at anytime in the future.

Good luck.

Beethechange 06-13-2013 05:57 PM

Take it
Just take it. If tomorrow u get called for a full time teaching job then just quit. Picture u want a be a sub for 5-6 yrs and regret you took the full time job?

MikeRocode 06-14-2013 12:12 PM

Take it!
" a place I enjoy working"

That's worth more than few extra $$ in my opinion


KCJ 06-14-2013 12:21 PM

Sorry, I have to disagree...
While I realize that the Y's job is a great opportunity, getting a permanent teaching job as a sub is affected by the economy but is also about being in the right place at the right time. It also gives you a chance to check out the schools and find out who the jerks are and what the really good schools offer their teachers. That's not always the case in the most affluent schools, so you know more than some of us. If a teaching job does become available, you can apply for it right away because you are in the system. Long-term subbing is also useful to find a full-time gig. And you still get to choose when and where you work. I say keep subbing--it gives you better odds and I speak for a lot of full-time teachers when I say I appreciate your work.

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