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While I have a job, it’s not where I want to be.
To start, I got a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts, which turned out to be worthless as the research and communication skills garnered are not sought after.
In an effort to get a job out of the gate, I joined Teach for America, which aims to recruit college grads to go into teaching. A lot of college students are aiming for these “job guarantee” programs, which I argue are not worth what they say they are.
The program was terrible, no support, and f****d me over. The program I was in forced us into getting a teaching certificate for the area we taught in, which put me down $20,000 in loans because they were affiliated with an Ivy League school. I ended up leaving after one year and going onto unemployment once I was back in Massachusetts.
Since then I’ve joined an MA program and took exams to get certified in teaching here in Massachusetts, but, of course, there are more layoffs than hires. Now I’m working in a job that uses none of my skills from college and is taking me nowhere, as I apply to teaching jobs that are not existent.