Monday, July 21, 2008
If only I won the lottery
The one aspect of my move to here in Illinois that I have not talked about is work. I had a few interviews before I moved here and really only got one job offer. Many of the jobs seemed to not want to wait till I moved here or I just never heard from them after one interview. I did have one interview that I set-up for after I moved here staying with the same daycare corporation that I was with in NC and another interview kind of thing with another daycare corporation that I had done two different phone interviews with. So, I moved here and went into the daycare that I had worked with in NC. This was a great center, it had a great location in Chicago and I really liked all of the staff that I interacted with and the kids were great too. The only problem was that this would have meant an hour and a half commute by public transportation and even longer if I wanted to do it by car each way every day, so three hours on public transportation ended up being too long for me. I would have basically gotten home, then maybe been up for like an hour and eaten and then gone to bed to get up the next morning and do the same thing. This did not seem like a good idea to me. So I took the job at the other corporate daycare which is only ten minutes away. The issues with this place are that one, I am being paid like 85 cents an hour less than I was making in NC, it is mostly working with a summer camp for the summer and then I will be a pre-kindergarten teacher in the fall, but for now I am working with 5-12 year olds and I don't like working with kids over 5. This experience has not changed this for me. The boss and organization are not very organized and the pay structure is really messed up with me with a masters degree making less than some guy with only a high school degree, but who was friends with the director. Yeah this is really fucked up. So obviously I hated this job from day one. I started to look for a new job the first night I came home with Goddess Gourmet's help, of course. I had applied for jobs in many of the local public schools as a preschool teacher as many public schools nationwide have begun to create and grow preschool programs especially surrounding children with special needs and/or children from low income families. In this endeavor, Illinois and Waukegan specifically, where I live, have created a public school preschool program. I applied again or renewed my application or something, I am not sure exactly which, within public school preschools. I got an interview last week and then got a job offer on Friday for a preschool teacher in the public school system. YAY!! So now I have a job that I expect to like better with better benefits and better pay.