Job Hunt

Article Hits Home – UnEmployed and Educated in Portland

The article linked here really hit home with me this morning. As a recent graduate from Concordia University with a Master in the Art of Teaching I try to pay attention to education news. As a job seeker, trying to find a position in a competitive education market, I pay close attention to the unemployment rate. While the article is out of date by two years I believe the idea holds true. There are a lot of people competing for a few jobs. Each day I spend here makes that even more apparent.

Over the last few weeks I have had a couple interviews and few call backs. Having met some of my fellow candidates I understand why. The level of experience people have is high – I recently met a social studies teacher who was laid off after district budget cuts after working there for five years. When I first applied to graduate school I felt my experience as an experiential educator, interpreter in the schools, and high profile interest in virtual and online learning would afford me some benefits. Talking with other job seekers – even this experience may pall considerably.

I can do that!

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About the author: Rurik

Known both as Ru (or as the title suggests, Ru Ru the Ruiner), Rurik studies ways games can designed to improve society, especially in the realm of education.