For some strange reason which I can't fully explain, trying to find a teaching job here in Australia has been nearly impossible. I mean, it's not like I'm unqualified for the position- I have been a classroom teacher for over four years and have a master's degree. I have applied to numerous schools over the past few months, and have gotten no response. I suspect I may be encountering some nationality issues, which I obviously can't control. Meanwhile, doing substitute teaching isn't paying the bills either, as work has been very erratic (a short first term and numerous holidays in the last few weeks). If I could get work every day I would be fine, but that hasn't been the case.
So what is a girl to do? I have given myself a July deadline to find full-time teaching work. If that doesn't happen, then I will be looking for a new career. In the meantime, thanks to my friend Fran I have gotten myself a part-time job at the University of Melbourne. I am working three days a week as an administrative assistant for the Economic Design Network (EDN) in the Department of Economics. The EDN is kind of an economic think tank with participating members from universities throughout the world. I am helping to maintain their website and organize conferences and workshops. I should be working there for the next 4 - 6 weeks, depending on when they hire a permanent person for the position (if the job was full time I would probably apply for it). Since I only work part-time it allows me to be available for substitute teaching jobs at the end of the week. And I continue to apply to schools in the hope that someone will snatch me up.