Some of you may know that I have been on a job hunt for a while. I moved from Chicago, IL to the Seattle, WA area a little over a year ago and since then I have been looking for a job and sending my resume out to almost any job posting I see with no luck at all. I have replied to at least 20 or more different job postings over the past year but no one has ever contacted me back.
I did get hired for one seasonal job at Macy’s this past September, but that ended in January.
During the Summer/Fall I took a few classes for the Desktop Support Specialist certificate program at Edmonds Community College and got my certificate in December. (All A’s! Yay!) BUT that still does not seem to have helped me at all. I am trying to earn at least an Associates degree in the Computer Information Systems field, not to fix computers or to become a Systems/Network Admin, but so I can be “qualified” to teach basic computer usage classes in the eyes of those who would hire me.
I cannot say that I am a computer expert. I will say, however, that I have had many successes in teaching computer usage to beginners in both English and Spanish. Teaching is one of the most rewarding experiences and especially teaching adults! They are so grateful and humble. Sure, I had some students who were not so grateful or even cocky and had know-it-all attitudes, but over time and with patience these students also became grateful, they learned new things and respected me.
Remembering back to my early days of teaching at the Association House of Chicago I can see some of my students faces looking back at me like children. One student, I do not remember his name, on the first day of class said that he had never even touched a computer before. He had a relative who had one but he was not allowed near it for fear that he may “break” it. That’s a common feeling among new students. They’re afraid they will break the computers somehow. I showed this student how to start up Internet Explorer and how to do a basic search for information. I could see a sparkle in his eyes as he was amazed at what he could find and how easy it was.
And that is what I love about teaching. The little moments when your students “get it”. That understanding twinkle in their eyes and the broad smile on their faces.
Not being able to find the job that I want both makes me want to settle for any job so that I have some income to help with finances (the easy way out) and it also makes me want to create my own opportunities (the not so easy way out). And so I continue to search for jobs and at the same time also plan for a self-employment type deal. It’s a bit scary but also very exciting because I would get to do what I love.