posted on May, 22 2010 @ 11:04 PM
Well, as with many teachers in my specialized field, I was laid off in July of last year. I was given my pink slip three months prior, but because of
contract, was allowed to stay on board until school let out. I lived the summer at my apartment looking for more teaching jobs in the area, but
unfortunately did not, ran out of money, and am now living with family again. I am very fortunate to have economically sound family members who
learned to invest early and are now living off a very generous retirement account. They have taken over my car payments and some bills month to month
depending if I get substitute teaching work or not. I have applied to close to 300 jobs in the past 10 months, everything from teaching to
McDonald's. The teaching jobs did not pan out. The latest figures put us at something like 1000:1 ratio for teachers to jobs. I can get better
odds betting on a lame horse than I can getting a teaching job. The other jobs told me that I was over-qualified (my response was yeah, but I still
need a job...).
I am very in debt with student loans, and have re-upped my unemployment deferment for another six months. I never had a credit card because I don't
believe in spending money that I don't have.
I have a very meager 403B account which, if the job market doesn't pick up, I will be cashing out so that I may stay afloat for another month or
Overall, I guess I'm not doing so bad. I spend my days looking for jobs, and my nights watching old movies and such, as I don't have the money to
go out. I am still getting used to this lifestyle after 10 months, as I was living the high life at my previous job. A 25 year old man making about
15K over someone else his age was nice. I'm taking it in stride, however, and when something comes up, it comes up.
Peace be with you.