You're telling me. I was actually really considering going for it but got really disheartened by that announcement (and about 5 friends of mine are 'certified' to teach but took forever to find a non-supply teaching job).
I'm really happy you got in though. You've got tons of experience by this point I bet. :)
Thank you! :D
I had no idea if I'd get in or not because my grades are good, but not spectacular. I'm guessing it was the experience that got me in.
As for jobs.....well Ontario apparently has some sort of a program going with BC. My friend at Ottawa U is doing Teacher's College this year and she was telling me about it. I don't know enough about it at this point, but I will be bugging her about it in a year's time.
Additionally, there's always international schools abroad. I like living in other countries and international schools have good schedules, don't treat you like crap (from what I've heard) and pay very, very well.
Congrats! I did my program in BC a few years back. Unfortunately, due to an over saturation of teachers and poor timing, I never did get to work as a teacher. Hope you enjoy it, because that year goes by FAST.
What are you specializing in?
I'll specialise in English and hopefully History. So what are you doing now if you're not teaching?
Also, sorry about your grandma, Star :(
It was a shock when I lost mine and it took a long time to get over.
Also sorry to hear about your grandma Star...
Kael, I specialized in History and English at the secondary level as well! Since I'm not teaching now, (graduated from B.Ed in 2010) I managed to find work in Education Management at the college level. Granted, it's education management in name, but I'm responsible for handling and vetting copyright for instructors that want to put together a coursepack based on a bunch of other articles. I've actually been fortunate as it kind of happened to fall into my lap. When I started out at the college, I didn't think I'd be here for more than a year or so, but it has slowly grown to three.
It's a lot less glamorous than it sounds, but it pays the bills, and I still get to be a public sector employee and all the benefits that come with it. That being said, I have an interview for a better paying position at the university here doing something similar.
In B.C. It's pretty depressing unless you teach French/Music. Those are the teacher candidates that get hired right out the gate. For the rest of us, it's a mix of luck (aka who you know) and trying to fight your way to the top of the pile.
One of my friends graduated the year before I did, she still has not found work as a teacher. As it is, she's working on her +15/Masters degree in special ed, and still no bites.
Friend 2, who has a masters degree in history and can teach French is living the good life. Turns out during his interview, the person knew his mom and well, the interview didn't go much further than "here's your orientation date".
Friend 3, who graduated the year after I did specializing in elementary school, has just managed to land a TOC job.
On top of that, most districts here seem to like to hire a lot of retired teachers for the TOC pool, so that didn't really help either.
A ton of other people I went to school with ended up moving overseas to teach English. If you can land a gig a Canadian accredited school then that's a sweet gig because you are paid like a Canadian teacher and you have lower costs of living. In most cases they pay for your rent and such.
Anyways I had bills, no interviews and I needed a job other than my part time gig at a bookstore so I ended up going down the college staff route, but hopefully your luck is better than mine.