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 While the article is out of date by two years I believe the idea holds true.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.