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How can I make the right connections if I want to be a teacher?

I want to be a teacher when I graduate from York University #teaching #teacher #career-choice #school #career-path #career-development #learning #connections

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Deborah!


The best way to get information and make connections is through personal face to face interpersonal interaction. Here are some ideas:
- talk to the head of alumni relations at your school to arrange to meet and talk to graduates of your school who are doing what you think that you want to do, so you can see what they are doing, how they got there, what advice they have, and how you feel about it
- talk to your academic adviser and the reference librarian at your local library to locate and attend meetings of professional organizations to which people in your interest area belong, so you can mix and mingle and learn more


Here are some good tips on networking, through which more people find jobs than through other means - and many of the positions are never posted.
http://www.wikihow.com/Network
https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations


Here are some sources that might help:
Canadian Teachers Federation
Canadian Teacher Magazine
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
University Affairs: University News, Opinions and Careers


Also, these sites might help:
https://teachforcanada.ca/en
http://www.prepareforcanada.com/career-pathways/teaching/teaching-employment/requirements-to-work-as-a-teacher-in-canada/#.WJ8Mim8rLtQ


Let me know if and how this helps. Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress.

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Christie’s Answer

There are multiple avenues to take to become a teacher. Usually the districts will have job fairs. Go with resume in had to meet the schools that need teachers. Or, you can sign up for an accelerated certification course. Those programs will generally provide you with leads to the areas that are hiring. Lastly, you could sign up to be a substitute teacher. This is a good way to start a relationship with principals. If you are a good sub then you could easily get an assigned position at a school that you have substituted at. One few more thoughts, some districts will be so desperate for new teachers that they will give you a year to complete your certification program while teaching. You could also apply at charter schools or TeachforAmerica. Hope this helps.

You could always go teach English abroad. I would have loved to have down that but I got cold feet before going to Spain. Check out Daveseslcafe.com to find open positions.
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Gerard’s Answer

Although I have no experience in the teaching field, my thought is to pursue informational interviews with teachers, principals, or school administration. Learning directly from those that do what you would like to do would be a great start. On top of that, building a broader network never hurts either.
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