Before I start this post, I’d like to be selfish and direct your attention to two things.  First, I have posted some pictures of my exercise progress on Rabbit on the Run. Even though I’m not putting nearly as much effort into my second blog as I had anticipated, advertising my progress is going to help push me over my plateau. Second, I officially have close to 1,100 comments on this blog.  The blog is just over one year old now.  How cool is that?

I’ve been doing that thing I do again. You know, where I make a decision and get really obsessed over it.

Yesterday, I called up teacher’s colleges, the office of the registrar, and career counsellors. I learned that I am one full credit short from having a second teachable in English, and one and a half credits shy of being able to teach history. I already missed OISE’s deadline of December 1st. I still have time to apply to Queen’s for 2012-13. What frightens me is the thought waiting until next year to apply to OISE and York, then getting rejected anyways. I’d then have to leave Toronto to go to school elsewhere, leaving behind my boyfriend and the life I’ve built here in exchange for a temporary 1 year residence in another city. It’s not ideal, but it’s not terrible either.

But something I realized is that I’m not ready yet to leave Toronto. I’ve spent so much time and effort into setting up an “adult” life here. I’m not yet ready to abandon all of that for the impoverished student life just yet. Job prospects for teachers are absolutely brutal. After I go to school, I’ll be looking at a minimum of 4 years of supplying before I can land a contract, if I’m lucky. So before I take the plunge with college, I want to enjoy what I’ve worked hard to achieve. I need to make sure that I’m making the right decision, while keeping an eye carefully trained on the future.

Going back to school is a big decision, and I don’t want to go through the hassle and expense of getting taking correspondence and going to teacher’s college only to change careers again in five years. So I’m going to look into ALL my options. I’m going to look into Masters programs. I’m also going to look into colleges which specialize in post-grad certificates and degrees.

I’m really glad that I have had these three years out of school in order to get a taste of the real world. I now understand how I function in the workplace and which skills I should hone. Before I worked full time, I would have thought that I would be a business shark type. In the real world, I am a hard worker, but because many of my passions and interests lie outside of the office, I am content with 9 to 5.  This allows me to write my blog, train for a Half Ironman, and spend time with friends and family. If I were able to find a career that allows me to work on initiatives that I care about (sustainability projects, education, fitness for low-income communities, creative arts ventures) then I will definitely be transcending those 9 to 5 boundaries and doing so gladly.

I’m hoping that in the new year, I can start some projects in my community with kids or adults to improve the neighbourhood. I’m thinking fitness, sustainability or arts oriented programming. But before I go too crazy again, I’m going to have to get everything down on paper. There are many goals I have floating around in my head, I just need to see them laid out. My timing is perfect. I hate the term “New Years Resolutions,” but that’s essentially what they are.

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One Response to “Patience is a Virtue”

  1. I really enjoy reading your blog because we see the same way on a lot of issues. I’m like you, in my 20s, bursting with ideas and potential (at least I’d like to think so), and eager for them all to happen like NOW. I’ve certainly considered going back to school to improve my earning potential and get me closer to my professional goals. (I’m a lawyer wanting to swtich into the business side of things)

    But what I have also learned is that work experience is the best kind of experience. Unless you know for sure, deep in your bones, that you want to work in a specific field that requires specific training, and that the work would make you happier than most other jobs with similar income, then the best approach is to stay employed and slowly getting closer to your dream job by networking and job transitioning. Taking full time away from employment to become a student is very very costly and requires a huge adjustment, and very few educational prograns now guarantee you a job afterward. Now that you’ve worked for a number of years, you’ve gained valuable insights that can’t be taught in schools – business etiquette, social relations at work, and networking etc. I think you’ll get far by putting these to use at the same time that you’re considering your other options.

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