I saw where someone asked the question “Was your first job your dream job” and it definitely made me think. When I started looking for a job after I finished school, I knew I wouldn’t really have a shot at my “top two” districts. One of them was just very small and there were two or three schools I could work at; the other one was a bit different. I had an interview and some bits there, but then there was a hiring freeze and I knew I couldn’t wait for it to be over. So, I expanded my search to cities I never thought about previously. Again, I quickly learned I probably wouldn’t get my “first choice” grade level (I’m putting these phrases in quotes because I knew I wasn’t sure if these were the districts/grades for me but they were what I wanted to try first). I kept getting interviews for positions in grades that I knew I probably wouldn’t want, and one grade I knew I didn’t want, but at that point I needed a job and I was going to take what I could get.
So I got a job in one of my last choice grade levels, but it was in a city I thought I would love and in a school that looked awesome. I’ve had the opportunity to try various grade levels at the school throughout the years, learned what I like and what I don’t, and learned what I need in a workplace and what I could do without. As it turns out, this city is definitely not what I want, even though it has tons of great aspects. This school is definitely not for me; some of those reasons are things that aren’t bad and are just things that exist in these types of schools, but some things are things I just am so over and don’t need to deal with. (This is when I wish I could be more specific because this paragraph could use some work!)
I’m excited about my new job in this new city. It’s almost a complete 180 from where I’m at and what I’m doing now in a lot of aspects! It could very well be my dream job! The funny thing is, this is one of the last places and grade levels I thought I would want to do. But without these past few years in this place that is not the dream, I may never have this new dream job. I’m definitely learning to take what I’m giving and learn and grow from it. Here’s hoping I can continue to do that!