Traditionally, I do a year-end review for the past year. I usually do this on the last day of the year or the first day of the New Year. I am very late in getting this out, but hey, better late than never. 2015 has been a very trying year for me, especially towards the beginning of the year. I was laid off twice (can’t work as a substitute teacher during the summer, so it feels like a layoff), I moved twice, etc.
My last day working with my Aunt was January 1st. I was previously laid off in October 2014, but she asked me to come back on that Monday, yeah. But this time it was official. I am not going to lie, working with my Aunt is not easy, and so I was a bit relieved and sad at the same time. Relieved because I didn’t have to put up with her attitude and micro-management anymore, but sad because I didn’t have a job.
Late February I started substitute teaching. I started off small, doing teaching assistant and half day jobs. I wanted to get my feet wet to make sure I was comfortable doing it. Boy did I get comfortable. I started doing it as a full time job. I would work full days, 5 days a week. If the teacher or school liked me, I would get call backs; I’ve gotten so many call backs from teachers. I’ll admit, I wasn’t the cool and sit back and let the kids do what they want type of sub, that’s not my style. Regardless if your teacher is here or not, you have work and you will do it and I will make sure you do it.
Of course subbing has its ups and downs, see previous post Adventures in Substitute Teaching, but that’s with any job, even if you enjoy it. I’ve always had a better time with the High School students, they actually listened and did their work. The worst are Middle School; they just don’t listen, same as the K-1st graders. 5th graders can be assholes as well.
In May, my sister bought her a house and I moved in with her after our lease was up. I low key enjoyed staying with my sister; she doesn’t know that. She minded her business and I minded mine. Plus, I had my own bathroom in my room; first time for everything. The bathroom wasn’t that big, but the room was nice and spacious. I miss that room!
June marked the real challenge, being laid off again. Rarely are there jobs for substitutes in the summer. First consideration goes to the regular teachers that don’t work over the summer. I’d check every day for jobs but nothing. So, time for job hunting; I hate job hunting. I hate filling out application after application and waiting and hoping they’d call. Even if you call them, it doesn’t guarantee that they will call you back. I worked and re-worked my resume as best I could. I even applied for jobs that didn’t require anything more than a high school diploma, jobs I was over qualified for. Out of all those applications I filled out, only 3 called me back. Two were daycare jobs, they didn’t like my asking price. Apparently, daycare workers only get paid about $8.50 here. Much less than what I was getting when I was subbing. The other was an actual teaching job, but because I didn’t have an ESOL endorsement, I wouldn’t be considered; it was more state rules than theirs. That means more school for the ESOL endorsement. I was really starting to lose hope and getting pretty desperate. Living on limited funds is not fun at all.
Towards the end of July, I moved into my new place with my roommate. The place is not the greatest, but it will do until I get my own place at the end of the year. I’m dreaming of a black and white bathroom. I also went to several unsuccessful job fairs. This one was a little unorganized as it only allowed 50 people in the room at a time, they never specified that in the information. So, that meant I had to stand in a long line for about an hour. I wanted to leave, but I had a feeling this would be the place where I would find a job. All that waited couldn’t mean I would come out with nothing. So I waited. There were several insurance companies (life and auto), cellular phone companies, and healthcare companies. I pretty much gave my resume to every company sans the life insurance ones; I really am not a sales person.
I was just about to walk out the door when I stopped at the booth for a traveling healthcare company. I didn’t think I would ever be working for a place in the healthcare field. That’s is very far from my major, but I gave it a chance. I gave them my resume and went over my experience. The recruiter said something along the lines that I would be a good match as an consultant associate/assistant. I read the description and abide the recruiters ado. A couple of days later I got a call from the recruiter, they wanted to interview me. I agreed and we set up a time.
The Interview went well and I just have made a great impression because 30 minutes later I got an offer; I accepted. This is where I have been since August. I felt a little better, the first time in a long time I felt like I could breathe a little. I finally had a job, insurance, benefits, etc. Most of those things I haven’t had since 2012. I honestly haven’t been to a doctor since then. Now, I finally can go again.
These were just some of the highlights from 2015. Anything happen to you last year that stood out?