Teacher (Female, Age 30) in chicago, IL

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Teacher
Salary $35,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week
Company Size (not answered)
Location chicago, IL
Years Experience 4 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Table of Contents

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for the public school system.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I teach high school students science, english and history at two different grade levels.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
health insurance, sick leave, vacation in the summer (depending on the track ur school is on) 401k

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
i feel that all teachers are under compensated.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I work with kids that are aged 14-19 and other people on a daily basis. The kids can be a bit hard to work with especially the ones who think that they are the boss of you. The adults and other teachers are easy to communicate with and can be quite helpful when you are a new teacher to the school.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
I work in a school. It can be pretty boring everyday in a school/classroom setting but I enjoy it.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 1
Benefits: 2
Hours: 3
Co-Workers: 5
Supervisors: 6
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 4

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am I am usually out the house on the commute to work. I arrive at least 15 minutes before the first bell at 8 am.
8am to 9am I am in my first period class. I teach freshmen english.
9am to 10am betweem 1st & 2nd period this is my break time. I am writing lesson plans, eating or attending meetings at school
10am to 11am 3rd period, sophmore english class. we are usually reading some type of african american literature.
11am to 12pm prep and lunch at 4th period. after 4th i roll right into a junior science lab where we dissect things.
12pm to 1pm 6th period is my seniors and their english class. we are writing our own autobiographies
1pm to 2pm 7th period is my seniors and their african american history / literature class
2pm to 3pm 8th period is my prep and i get to go home at 3 pm
3pm to 4pm
4pm to 5pm
5pm to 6pm
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Newspaper, walk in referrals and career fairs

What was the application process?
Paper application, submitted my resume

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes. You start with 2 interviews and a 30 minute lesson plan teaching to a small group of students. If you interview well you must have a consistant and direct lesson plan thought out and ready to teach to a group of kids when you walk into the school/

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Background entails going to college taking the required courses to become a teacher.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Go to college get a degree in education and get some certifications in what ever field you liked as a child. Then start applying to different schools in the area.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Social skills, typing skills, organization skills, behavioral management skills, intrapersonal skills.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes you need a bachelors to start then work your way up the degree chain

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Keep searching and goto different schools before you settle on one position or job.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes

What are your current career goals?
na

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
no

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 teacher 4 yrs 37000
Prior Job 2

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.4 Chicago State University Bachelor/Journalism
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
3.4 National Louis University Masters / Education

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