In a one-year program, it is inevitable that springtime means job hunting season. Luckily, there are tons of resources for you if you just GET STARTED.
- HGSE has a whole Career Services office that wants to help you out. Make an appointment with them to see how to begin.
- If you’re aiming to go into the classroom or K-12 administration, spend time throughout the year visiting schools. I spent a day at Vassal Lane Upper School , a public middle school in Cambridge and went to exhibitions of learning at Meridian Academy , a 7-12 independent school in Jamaica Plain. I am completing a teaching practicum at a Boston Public School, so I have gotten to see a wide array of classrooms. I am always humbled by how much there is to learn from visiting a new environment.
- Take classes and/or join clubs that demonstrate your skills and interests. Leverage that in your cover letter and interviews to demonstrate your commitment to growth and learning.
- Finalize your resume and a general cover letter over Winter Break. No one wants to spend hours tweaking this once the semester is in full swing (though let’s be real, we all end up doing it.)
- Make a list of places where you would like to apply, and then APPLY! Set a goal – one a day? One per week? You know your own schedule. Keep your options open at the beginning of your search; sometimes you don’t know the right fit until you interview or visit.
- Reach out personally to contacts at that school, business, or organization. Try to set up an informational interview or do whatever you can to (politely!) show interest.
- Stay optimistic and pro-active; reach out for help when you need it. Career Services wants nothing more than for all of us to land a dream job, so use their expertise and positive energy to your advantage. Good luck!
Mary Reid Munford is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Teacher Education Program, pursuing licensure as a high school English teacher. She has worked in schools in New Orleans, Mississippi, Colorado, and southern Africa and is interested in how experiential education can make academics come alive for a wide range of students.