Career Fair

     I am now in the post-graduation, pre-career phase. And it’s weirdly overwhelming. There is no immediate pressure from anyone around me to find a job right now, why haven’t you found one, what do you do all day. Which is relieving, but I wouldn’t mind a little pressure. I’ve been quite passive about my job search – looking for and bookmarking positions on job board websites, only to see that when I check back a week or two later, it’s gone! A grand and disappointing surprise, I tell you.
      So when I saw that one of the job board sites I frequently check (i.e. everyday) was hosting a career fair, I signed up immediately. A chance to directly meet with people from schools – some of which I really, really liked – without having to write a cover letter? (Side: I hate writing cover letters because I get stuck on how to write them without sounding like a pompous faux-erudite that thinks inserting a superfluous abundance of vocabulary will beget a positive response.) I’m in!
     I’ve never been to a career fair before. In undergrad, I was never confident enough, considering my lack of experience, to attend any. And in grad, the career fairs were always at inconvenient times – like, 10 am on a weekday. Of course, Google was my mentor with this one. “How to kill it at a career fair!”, “The Do’s & Don’ts of career fairs”, The Elevator Pitch, What Recruiters Look For, etcetera and so on. It was a lot, actually. The basics were pretty much obvious to me though. Research the company, eye contact, firm handshake, clear voice. Makes sense. I worked enough years in customer service to do this with no issue. But the elevator pitch? It’s like an abridged cover letter. Dude.
My biggest qualm being, how do I even do that though? Do I just go up to the table, introduce myself, and delve right in? Isn’t that kind of… rude? Like, bragging?
But Mandy, that’s the whole point, yeah.
     And, really, it isn’t as procedural as all that. A lot of the articles I read and videos I watched advised that I have something ready, to pre-write the pitch and be familiar with it. However, the most helpful video I watched was this one:
     It’s actually kind of cute, because they do a small skit to go along with their advise. The takeaway I got was to make it more like a conversation. Instead of laying down a pu-pu platter of all your skills, it’s more like à la carte. (If that makes any sense….) In any case, I felt more comfortable with that approach, and it felt more natural to me. I will say that writing what you would like to say writing down a pitch could be beneficial, so you’re not floundering around for how to phrase what you want to say. At least you’ll have something in mind.
     So my newbie advice is to really research the company and see what they position aligns with what you’re looking for. Ask for more information about it, and match it up with your experience.
E.g. Recruiter: Everyday, there are collaboration meetings to make sure the pace of the curriculum and our planning are addressing the needs of the students.
Self: Wow, that’s great. During my practicum, me and co-teachers reviewed our plans daily so we could assess how we did that day, and what we could improve daily. Collaboration is so essential to having an effective curriculum.
     I know that sounds a bit generic. (Also, I’m paraphrasing. Also, I’m under the impression that my program’s practicum course is different than others? I could be wrong with that assumption, obviously.)
But do you see what I’m saying? It’s like a matching graphic organizer (ho ho ho look at the totally original teacher-ly joke), or something.
Overall, be confident in your skills! Be proud of your accomplishments and experience. Even if you don’t think you’re all that, pretend you are just for those few hours! It’s all about making a connection, don’t miss the opportunity! 😀
#Also, smile!
#I was so tired that day though because sleeping schedule is ???
#Pre-classroom Novice Teacher Advice 101
#Rejected title: Career Fair Affair 
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Obligatory New Year’s post

Has it really only been four days into the new year? It feels like a lot longer because I have been doing nothing for awhile. Nothing but working on my edTPA, looking for jobs, and sleeping.
I am offically (kind of, I get my degree at the end of the month) DONE with my program! I was so busy with student teaching, but now I have so much time I almost don’t know what to do with it (Almost: see above). Just figuring out all the logistics of it all for going forward.

2016 was certainly a year, yes? But there have been notable years in the past, and there certainly will continue to be. 2017 will be so new to me since it’ll be my first year where I will not be a student – which is just weird. But I’m excited! I have my goals all written down, and I’m interested to see when and how they’re accomplished. The only real downside about ending in December is that it’s the middle of the school year, and a bit harder to find jobs. Not impossible (living in NY, I feel like there’ll always be jobs around), but it’s not quite ideal.  I’m just so ancy! I’m ready to get back into a classroom.
I’m hoping by the end of this month I’ll have secured something, because doing nothing is only fun when you’re actually busy.

I also have a goal of posting more, so we’ll see how that goes!

 

Happy first!

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Happy Semptember first!

The semester doesn’t start for me until next week, but there are still things that I need to do to prepare for. This is not only my last semester, but also student teaching! Which means I will be busy busy busy! Though, I know it’ll be December before I can even blink an eye.

I still have two certification tests I need to take. I really wanted to get to them this summer, but after taking two classes, I was just too lazy to study. Prepping for class and edTPA will take up a lot of my time, but I want to get them done by October the latest. I was wondering if I should try volunteering at an after-school program for the semester, but I think I’m just being a bit over-zealous. I don’t think I’d be able to handle that with school and work. Possible, though not feasible.

As for my Jumpstart Challenge. Well….

I totally failed! Haha! I did really well on the first week in terms of exercising twice about 6 out of 7 days. Trying to drink a gallon of water a day is a bit hard, actually. Not the act of it, but actually remembering to. I think I have to work up to a gallon, perhaps starting with a half gallon everyday. Or a quarter. Just something more doable.

As for changing what I ate, and cutting down on sweets and coffee, hm…I certainly made an effort? I guess? According to the log I started on the 3rd day, I drank coffee 3 of the 8 days that I actually did the challenge…

I went on vacation the week after the challenge was supposed to end, eating out almost everyday, exercise but vague thought in the back of my mind (there was quite a bit of walking though!). So the challenge was bust. I guess I’m just not meant for challenges, whether I create them or join someone else’s .

There was something I read on Quora about dedicating 700+ hours towards being productive, or something akin to that, which I found interesting! But I think that I’ll save that for another post!

#please excuse my attempt at making a header
#I tried

Music, hair-wise & dead plants

I have so many saved songs on Spotify (and I keep adding more), Pandora, & Live365 that I fear that I will never obtain them all. But here are some I got yesterday. It’s not so much that I think people will be so interested in what I’m listening to as it is just putting music out there for y’all to discover. I love hearing new music, and suspect others do as well… :>

 It is long term protective style time. More like, “I’m getting tired of dealing with my hair every week” time. 

I plan to keep my hair in the same style for ~4 weeks, maybe 5ish. Depends on how I feel. The outcome isn’t exactly what I had envisioned, but I like it well enough. When I was doing the twists at the front, I was thinking, Hm, maybe I should just do mini twists instead, but wow, what a funny joke that was. The only qualm I have for this style is the millions of bobby pins I have holding some kind of vine twist bun-esque up. Then again, there will never not be pins when styling my hair.


So, I bought a plant a few days ago, and the very next day, I noticed it was drooping. I was a little flummoxed because the soil was wet, and it was fine when I purchased it! Like, are you too cool to hang out on the window sill, plant?
But after it hanging in the sun for another day, and the soil still being wet, I figured that that must be a problem. Because usually wet soil = growth, yeah. But! there is such a thing as drowning the roots.
I finally got around to buying a new pot and potting soil.

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Salvageable? Eeeeeeeh

I think I waited too long, because, damn look at it. I’ll wait a week and see.

Opportunities and challenges

Rather than berating myself for being a sporadic updater, let me just get right into it.

So, my professor offered me this job opportunity around a week or so again. She has a connection in a pretty prestigious private school. I’ve spoken to the principal, and have a short meeting with her soon. It feels a bit odd because it all seems so easy. Before I was hired for my current job, I was applying everywhere and only had a handful of interviews. Now, I feel like I’m on some job express track. Nothing has happened yet. Not sure if I’ll be offered the job, not sure if I’ll take the job if I’m offered.
It’s just that the whole process is a little… weird, I suppose, for lack of a better word. The fact that my professor even offered me the opportunity in the first place (she offered it to another classmate as well) had me a bit flabbergasted. I just feel opportunities like this are for people more amazing than I. Not to engage in a bout of self-deprecation, but I’m just trying to think what I did to deserve this.
It’s not to say I’m not grateful! I really am. It’d be awesome if things worked out. I don’t know, I’m just being ridiculous.

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The first snowfall of the winter! Not very excited, actually. I don’t dislike snow, but ‘urrggfsfs’ sums up my feelings pretty well, I think. I didn’t believe it would be as bad as they were predicting, because storms are almost always hyped up with the actual outcome being quite mediocre.
I was supposed to have class today, but now everything has been pushed to online discussion and assignments. I was fine with having to go to class, but I’m a bit happy it was cancelled because I have been so exhausted this week. Even with Monday off, getting to Friday was definitely a drag. My routines were thrown into a bit of a loop, and I need to reorganize (something I should have done) my time.

 

Break is over

I’ve already went back to work 2 weeks ago, but tomorrow the semester starts. I feel ambivalent about it: one one hand, I’m excited to start classes again, on the the other – break, y’know? hah

I’m still trying to figure out my schedule in terms of just self-care, volunteer, work, and other goals that I want to accomplish, or at least see some significant progress with, by the end of March.