Re: Job offer advice
Posted by Me on 6/16/2020, 12:57 pm, in reply to "Job offer advice"
Iím originally from southeast Texas and went to college in central Texas. I also graduated in the recession (2009) and I want to say that out of 17 Band grads that year, 5 of us were employed by August first. I was one of the employed, but it took over 100 applications and I donít know how many interviews (down in the valley, up in Dallas, western edge of the hill country, deep pines East, everywhere) before I finally landed a gig in the Waco area. I didnít want to move, because my wife hadnít graduated yet, and we wound up moving halfway and both of us commuting a heck of a long way for a year (which was excitingly expensive). If I had stuck to my location/school size preferences, Iíd have been in retail for a year or more. You may have to bite the bullet and do the uncomfortable for a year or two to get where you really want to be. |
Take that rural elementary gig and make it phenomenal (as much as you can). Get glowing references, and keep your eyes peeled for band gigs. If nothing else, the experience doing elementary will open your eyes and expand your toolbox for when you do get that band gig. I know it did for me (as well as reinforcing why Iím much more at ease with high school teaching than elementary - no I do not like random hugs or hand holding, thank you.)