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Ok I know I haven't posted in ages but... I need advice! Help!

post #1 of 22
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Okay let me try to make a long story short. I recently changed careers and got my teaching certificate; I spent the past year as a Pre-K teacher (hence my busy schedule and lack of time for TCS). I haven't got a job lined up for the fall yet, I've applied but I'm still waiting to hear.

I interviewed today at a Day Care Center for a summer job, since I need something to do. The pay is not great (but I'm still getting paid for the summer so it's not a big deal), it's an 8-5 Monday-Friday job working with 12-18 month old kids. I haven't changed diapers, etc in ages so I'm hesitant but I think it's a job I could do.

Here's my problem. Should I take a position knowing that I could leave in 2 months if I get a job as a teacher? Is that fair to them, knowing that they're looking for someone who wants to stay for more than a few months? Should I take a full-time job considering that this is my summer, my time to relax? (I had been hoping for a part-time job) That being said, if I don't find a job as a teacher I could stay on at the day care but hopefully that wouldn't be the case...

Sorry so long, I just keep thinking and I can't come up with a solution. I need advice, opinions... anything!! Thanks!
post #2 of 22
I would take the job at the daycare. I am a mother of a 15 month old and 3 year old and I stay at home. I would imagine that (depending on the ages the day care serves) they need more summer help. At that age, I think it would be great for the toddlers to have a CERTIFIED teacher with them, even if only for a few months.
post #3 of 22
I agree with taking the job. We all could use the extra money and it would keep you from getting bored over the summer too! I agree that they will probably need the extra summer help since most kids are out of school and now going to daycare and what not.
post #4 of 22
Yep I agree, take the job. When it comes to your livelyhood, you really should think about yourself and don't get bogged down with people you might annoy.
post #5 of 22
Man, how weird is this! Hey Ari! I just popped back on the boards a few days ago after a long time away too! (There's a thread on here somewhere explaining everything that happened...)

As for your job issue--I can't comment on whether you should take the summer to relax or not, that's totally a personal thing. But if you decide you want to work full time this summer, I don't think you need to feel like you're doing something creepy to the people at the day care center by taking the job. For one thing, you said you hadn't heard back about your job for the fall yet, so technically it's not like you'd be taking this summer job KNOWING that you'll be leaving in the fall. I mean, if you outright promised them you'd stay knowing there's the possibility that you might leave, that wouldn't be so cool, but taking the job knowing that they'd prefer you to stay but that you might be leaving anyway isn't the end of the world. Your primary concern has to be you. The only thing I would say is that to be fair to everyone, you should give them a decent amount of notice before you leave so they have time to find a replacement for you.
post #6 of 22
Hey Ari! Glad you were able to teach Pre-K this past year--I am sure it was very rewarding! Are you still planning on getting married? How are the babies?....I would definitely take the job just in case you don't get a teaching job in the fall. I am going through the same "sort of" situation. I just graduated and started the alternative certification program and I am looking for something...so I am having to keep the job I have now to make sure I have something even though I MIGHT NOT get something for the fall. Are you getting paid right now though (12 month instead of the 10 month pay that teachers get)? If you are, still take the job, so you can save. Couldn't hurt atleast. Well, those are my 2 cents! Hope everything else is well
post #7 of 22
Go with the flow Ari. If you feel like taking the job, take it. If you don't, then don't. No institute or company treats people like they used to, so you don't owe it to them to look a few months ahead and know how you'll feel then, especially since you can't guarantee having a job.
post #8 of 22
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Aw my friends, how I missed you! Stef... I can't believe what's been going on with you! I'm so sorry about your dad and your own health issues... hope things get better for you and that pesky hole stays closed (my husband's niece had to have surgery because she had a hole in her heart... apparently she had 2 but one closed on its own and the other they fixed). How was the wedding?

Candie... I got married already! The big day was in March, it was great... the kitties are doing good... all grown up and not kittens anymore, lol! Good luck with the alternative certification program... I'm so glad that I officially completed it this past month and received my official certification! And yup, I am getting paid right now.

Thanks for the advice guys... I'm still torn and one minute I think I should call and take the job and the next I think... there goes my whole day... 8-5, sheesh, my teaching job was only 7:45-4!
post #9 of 22
Hmm, I don't know Ari...but I DO know that is good to see you on here! Lol. Ya, know, they probably figure (with you having your teaching cert. and all) that you will be moving on to bigger and better things at some point. I agree that they probably really need the extra summer help. If you are really pining after those days being completely gone though, maybe you should ask them if you can spend a little more time considering and agressively look for something more 'part-time' so you can have more down time for yourself, hubby, and the kits.
post #10 of 22
Hi Arie!!! Missed having you here! I agree with Ryan!!
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by AnnasMom
I would take the job at the daycare. I am a mother of a 15 month old and 3 year old and I stay at home. I would imagine that (depending on the ages the day care serves) they need more summer help. At that age, I think it would be great for the toddlers to have a CERTIFIED teacher with them, even if only for a few months.
Same here. Also, a full time job comes with full time benefits. They can be substantial.

You really don't need to worry about what is "fair" to the daycare. The way I see it they always have problems recruiting good workers for the summer and you are overqualified anyway.

The way I see it, it is a good experience for you to learn how to parent your own future children

Oh yeah, and I want to see your wedding pictures.
post #12 of 22
AH! Congrats!! Do you have any pics?!?!!?
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your help guys... I decided to take the job after all... we just bought a brand new laptop (Dell better hurry up and send it) so the extra income will help replenish our savings account, plus it'd be nice to have something to do and make some friends.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by pinkdaisy226
Thanks for all your help guys... I decided to take the job after all... we just bought a brand new laptop (Dell better hurry up and send it) so the extra income will help replenish our savings account, plus it'd be nice to have something to do and make some friends.
I see your living in TX now Ari?? What happened to the ocean???
post #15 of 22
I just noticed your name is Arie. That is really cool. My husband's name is Ariel
post #16 of 22
Ari! Wow, Hi!!!!!! We've missed you so much.

And.....you're married already. Now, this means pics!!! We need all the details, what it was like, what you wore, did you have a wonderful day and honeymoon. I'm sure you're getting the picture

That's great that you took the job - you never know what might happen so at least you will have an income just in case. Good luck with those nappies . It may be 19 years since mine was that small but I still remember how stinky they were and how much cleaning up it involved
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
Posted some wedding pics for y'all under a different thread.
post #18 of 22
Ari, if you don't mind me asking hon, what city do you live in in Texas? I'm glad everything is going well, congrats on tying the knot!!!
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Sanctie
Ari, if you don't mind me asking hon, what city do you live in in Texas? I'm glad everything is going well, congrats on tying the knot!!!
I live in San Antonio, but I grew up in Houston. And yourself?
post #20 of 22
Well I am a nursery nurse and that age range in day care is the most difficult.
They are adorable at home but on mass. oh dear!
The nappy content is more adult. (shudder) and the changee less willing to stay still.
Social skills very low yet they are on mass. so expect baby behaviour but with biting and upsets over space and possessions and don't forget all the bugs you will likely catch.

I personally would relax and enjoy your summer!
But if you want the job I would take it.
You could need to leave in a month or so and not know that yet.
Goodluck
post #21 of 22
opps too late.
I take it all back !
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
Oh great, thanks a lot! lol! Well, hopefully it won't be too bad... after all, maybe it'll only be for a month.
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