Reinventing myself

I have come to the very sad conclusion that I will never work in my chosen fields ever again. My last job was instructional design which is a very technological field. Basically this involve developing training programs for employees along with training them on the software. This field is always changing. My fields before that was public relations and broadcasting and finding a job in these fields is slim to none (leaning towards none). All of these fields are changing because of the internet, outsourcing and technology. Many employers are hiring these jobs part time if at all. Several employers I interviewed with told me that they often doubled up jobs because often one person can do a job that several used to. Let’s not forget that I am a 41 year old woman, not exactly prime hiring person. Sure, I am very smart and responsible but we all know they often don’t care about that.

So it looks like in the spring I am back to school. As of now I am leaning towards checking into becoming a Catholic school teacher and checking how to become one. I know several who became Catholic teachers and as I have been told often you just need a degree. In the event I need a certificate I will check into getting it, and when I looked years ago I found it would take me a year. Other fields I considered are massage therapist and speech therapist because both seem to be in demand, but to be a speech therapist I would have to go and get another bachelor and a masters, and we are talking 4 years or so. Massage therapist I don’t think is as long but just checking into it now. I really want to be a pet trainer but am striking out on that and am having trouble finding info.

I really hate this. I do know when I do go back to school I will do things differently like really network. Of course I did last time but apparently not good enough.

23 thoughts on “Reinventing myself”

  1. Pet trainer is a certificate AND a certification exam, in some cases.

    What a lot of malarkey, as my aunt woud say. Everything is in the name of money and the name of paperwork.

    I’m about to launch the business I mentioned.

    Jesus…who knew… a Plan B??? Who had a damn Plan B??? I thought I was going to find another job!

  2. That’s true, plus I’ve heard pet trainers don’t make a lot of money and are freelance. Same thing with fitness/aerobics/yoga trainers. If successful can make decent money but it’s mostly a freelance job and not sure I want that.

  3. And lots of retired teachers teach in private or parochial schools.

    They alredy are collecting a pension from the public school system and they do this more or less for extra money. What a bleeping racket.

    We have scores of teachers out of work in this state; it’s new grads and teachers with advanced degrees. It’s more or less a dead field….unless. And you can figure out where the “unless” is coming from: Know the right people and you’re an in. Amazing.

    For jobs like dog trainers you need to build a following. That in itself can be very difficult to do.

    Catholic schools pay nothing. The benefits are horrid — and if they so decide, you are out the door on a moment’s notice.

    They also expect you to adhere to their antedeluvian order of rules: you can’t live with your boyfriend, you can’t remarry unless you’ve gotten a canon annulment…and heavens forbid if you are bi or gay or lesbian or transgendered and you are looking to teach in a Catholic school.
    I can’t figure out where we are all supposed to work; just about every field I know is either shot to hell, full or outsourced or offshored or dead.

  4. For me I am a practicing Catholic and will not live with a man before marriage or use birth control or have an abortion (assuming I’m not raped or my health isn’t in trouble)so for me the morals clause is no biggie. For others though it is an issue and whether it’s right or not who knows, but I am just trying to figure where to go in life. I know many out of work teachers myself but most are public schools not private.

  5. I think that by and large we’re screwed.

    A college education now guarantees you nothing — except a nice big student loan to pay off, if your parents aren’t paying for it or if you didn’t get yourself a full ride scholarship.

    There seems to be no “hot” career options nor are there any more jobs with true shortage of personnel: name the job and there are many people in that profession who are out of work.

    There are jobs that are becoming obsolete: suppose you’ve worked in a warehouse your whole life? Most warehouses are now automated. What the heck are you supposed to go back to school for? They’re in the same boat as everybody else.

    There’s no such thing as taking 1 or 2 college classes and then changing careers. those days are over and gone.

    If you’re looking for a Catholic school teacher job, try the bigger Catholic high schools — the ones where there are upwards of 300 kids per grad class — or try a Catholic high school that’s a football factory or basketball factory. In our neck of the woods, the smaller Catholic high schools that are connected to small parish churches are closing left and right. The big yowling schools where there are no lack of parents to pay a small fortune in tuition are the ones that are not likely to close. same goes for a well known football/basketball school, like a Don Bosco Prep or St. Peter’s Prep or a St. Anthony’s High here in NJ.

  6. We have a few Catholic schools near me that are big and wealthy. I am trying those (and look on their websites often)because it might be the key. Of course I might still be rejected but I am desperate now. I think of this often when I call customer service and get a foreigner. I had one ask me what I had against foreigners when I said I only dealt with Americans. What do I have against them? they are taking jobs that Americans used to take. I know it’s not their fault but if all of us keep insisting we will not speak to Indians (or whatever country)then eventually some companies will get the hint (I hope).

  7. There’s also competition from charter schools and public school run “specialty schools.” Out here we have McNair Academic and High Tech High: very compeititve to gain admission to — 2 excellent schools for academics.

    Our area also has a changing academic. Most of the newcomers are Asian Indian or Muslim. This is another crew that will never send their kids to a faith-based school: it’s a cultural thing.

    There is also competition from the Christian schools. Another group that won’t send their kids to Catholic school; cultural in nature….and another ethnic group moving in: Orthodox Jews. No public schools for them; they send their kids to some yeshiva. There’s a town not far from here who has many yeshivas…and one of the Catholic hospitals was in a very heated competition with one of the Orthdox groups: there was a piece of land that was up for grabs and the hospital wanted to use it for parking space. They lost out….the Jews built a yeshiva on the premises — hideous building. It looks like something out of an Ayn Rand novel.

  8. We are getting many charter schools as well and these have strong competition. They are pretty strict what they require though and are still in the unions.

  9. There’s a reason that the nuns left teaching (and the convent): other options.

    I wish you well, but from what the spouses of colleagues have told me over the years, teaching in private school pays substantially less than the local public schools, and in a lot of cases, don’t even give free tuition for school-age children as an employee benefit. You also have a lot less job security than in a public school.

    The easiest teaching jobs to get are those in “shortage fields”, which are for the most part science and math. With your background, you might be looking at running a computer lab or computer education, or even the dread “keyboarding” class. The demise of vo-tech high schools really hurts you. That’s the place where you would be most likely to do well, because you’d have students who were motivated to learn what you have to teach.

    Here’s the question that led me away from teaching: do you like children, particularly bratty, obstinate ones who want to spend their class time texting to friends? I didn’t like high school students much when I was one. An advantage to teaching in parochial schools MIGHT be that there is more discipline and teachers are backed up better by both the administration and the parents of the children, but I wouldn’t bet on that. My guess is that parents will expect to be even less involved in their children’s academic lives but expect better results.

  10. What about the parishes where the nuns are straight away sent away, in one fell swoop?

    That happened at our parish. The new pastor came in, changed everything and he decided to shut the school down and take what was left of the Sisters of Notre Dame and ship them off to the motherhouse.

    What a shame for the community: there was a sister there who was a boon to my mother when she was dying: that was that nun’s mission: she ministered to the very ill and those near death. That $(*$*# ruined it for everybody.

    He is no longer at our parish: there were complaints about him, in letters, to our town’s local weekly. To see 4 or 5 letters of dismay show up regarding one person, over a period of 4 years, wow — that’s bad news.

    He was sent away to another parish after 4 years. Since then, he’s been in 3 other parishes….poetic justice.

    Shipped them off???

    This benefitted NOBODY!!!! That building now sits empty….the school building is now partially used by a nonprofit that benfits disadvantaged/challenged kids.

  11. I enjoy younger kids more than older ones but can handle older teens as well. The pay is horrible but I would prefer it to a public school and the secular views taught there. Like I said I am considering all avenues at this point because it is obvious nothing else it working.

  12. Dude, in a lotof cases, the school is subsidized by the parish. I remember our parish priest telling us this when I was little. Maybe the parish couldn’t charge enough money for tuition to make the school self-sustaining, if only for teachers’s salaries., and they couldn’t keep the nuns on staff without the school. I’m guessing that it wasn’t an all-nun teaching staff.

  13. I tend to believe that. From 1995 to 1999, my son lived with me and attended Catholic school. The tuition was ~$2500/year; no way could that have been self-sustaining. And now that I think of it, the teaching staff was entirely civilian (i.e. not nuns).

  14. And a lot of them that merge go under, also.

    And when the staff of Catholic high schools used to consist solely of sisters or brothers, the tuition was minimal. $400 a year to attend one of your choice, back in the day.

    It was also a given that if you were Italian or Irish or your parents were devout Catholics, you’d be off to a Catholic school, from K through 12. I mentioned all of this a while back, I think.

    Now it’s changing demographics — we’ve got mostly Asian Indians moving in, and Muslims and another growing demographic is the catch me all “Christian” that belongs to some megachurch: those kids are usually homeschooled or go to some private Christian school, the same way the Orthodox Jews send all the kids to a neighborhood yeshiva.

    And not every Hispanic moving into our area is Catholic. The growing trend is anything but a Catholic church for a Hispanic: there are 2 stakehouses not far from here; there are also Pentecostal churches and quite a few nondenominaltional smallish megachurches that they belong to.

    Asian Indians, Muslims and these new “Christians” don’t send their kids to Catholic schools: it’s just not done; it’s a cultural thing. They won’t even send them for the strict academics.

  15. Here the Hispanics are Catholic and we have a large Catholic population. Not surprisingly because most people moving in are from the city (Chicago)and a huge percentage of people from Chicago are Catholic, even African Americans. The Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest in the world and the Diocese I am in is pretty large too.

  16. Homeschooling might be displacing a significant portion of students who might otherwise go to a parochial school, but a lot of it is the parochial schools pricing themselves out of the market. Suppose that you want to pay a teacher $50K plus benefits and you want to have a class size of 25. Presuming that the parish/diocese is willing to pay for the school building and its upkeep, you need to charge tuition of about $2800-3000 per student per year just to pay the teacher and kick back 5-10% of tuition toward administration. Increasing class size to 30 cuts tuition to only $2300 or so, and when you have multiple children in school, that becomes very expensive very fast, even if the schoool discounts for multiple students from the same family at the same time. On top of that, there will be other lab fees and expenses.

  17. I know that many people are homeschooling their kids instead of sending them to the public schools which I understand. What I find disturbing is how the public schools are asking for several hundred dollars a year (or more)for supplies.

  18. The reason that they ask for so much for school supplies is to assure a supply of school supplies for the kids who can’t afford them. They are getting the parents to stock the supply closet. It’s not possible to spend $200-300 on just notebooks, paper, pens, and pencils for one student. Look at the list that many schools send out, and you’ll find reams of copier paper and materials that the teacher uses.

    What I hate are the “school supply drives” that beg people to donate school supplies even when they have no children in school. I’m one of those cranky people who believe that true school choice requires all schools to charge tuition rather than have the schools funded from property taxes. This would be likely to lead to shortening of the number of years that students spend in school. A lot of school is just warehousing people.

  19. It’s the Christian contingency that’s doing it.

    They won’t send their kids to public schools but they want the privledge of letting their kids play on the sports teams of the public schools.

    To me, that makes you an out of district student: so no, you can’t play for Rufus T Firefly High School since you are homeschooled.

    In Lakewood, NJ, there are 18,000 Orthodox Jewish kids. That number overwhelms the total amount of public school kids in the town.

    Each and every one of those Jewish kids are sent to yeshivas.

    Guess who has the majority rule of the board of ed?????

    WHY are you bothering to run for board of ed if you don’t give a damn enough to send your kids to the public schools????

    These are people with old school logic and quite frankly, antedeluvian ways of doing things — how can you act in the best interest of the public school kids???

  20. Madness, that happened to a friend of mine except instead of requesting it, they told her she had to buy additional supplies. She was livid because like she was telling me she feels for the kids, but why should she have to pay for her kids and someone else. Obviously I don’t know the specific situation but what if it was a case of someone who had a kid knowing they couldn’t afford it (a serious issue in Illinois)and then expects her to buy supplies? I feel for these kids but we shouldn’t all have to help them. I don’t have kids, I may or may not have them but as of now I don’t and if I do eventually they will likely attend Catholic schools. Why should I have to pay for all the public schools? I won’t even get started on the union racket that keeps unqualified teachers.

    Dude, my opinion is if the child doesn’t attend the school they have no business doing anything there. I’m actually critical of homeschooling because while I think sometimes the parents are better, this isn’t across the board. My one cousin is homeschooling her kids but she was a teacher. What if a parent doesn’t have a degree or worse no high school diploma? I struggle with math, I certainly wouldn’t want to teach it to my kids. I know some parents started a coop where each parent teaches their speciality but this isn’t across the board.

  21. This bunch in Lakewood wanted school buses sent to their yeshivas on Thanksgiving Day.

    THey said that Thanksgiving is not their holiday.

    Uh, you came to this country, you live here. Therefore, Thanksgiving Day IS indeed YOUR HOLIDAY. It’s a holiday for one and all to commemorate the jouirney and struggle of those who came to the New World in the late 1600s.

    It is also a holiday that spotlights religious freedom. This should be right up their alley.

    It makes you wonder what these kids are really learning in these homeschools and yeshivas — I am sure that the very small yeshivas are the same thing as going to somebody’s home to be homeschooled — what happens when they’re in high school and it’s time for chemistry, trig and calc? A parent is going to be skilled enough in math to know how to teach chem, trig and calc?

    Are these kids exempt from all the mandated state tests for graduation? As far as I know, the parochial and private schools are, in this state — does this exclude yeshivas also?

    Another growing trend: Muslim schools. There are already several in our area.

  22. Several areas not far from me (about a half hour)are becoming Muslim and these Muslims are pushing their agenda, including taking Christmas out of the schools. I don’t normally hear about it from Jewish people at all but definitely Muslim, Hindus from India and atheists. These people have an agenda and I think it’s disgusting.

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