I have bipolar 2 and have been doing fairly well on a cocktail of meds. I am a teacher, although I have been out of it (raising my own kids) for about 20 years. I went back and got my certificate last December. Since then I have been subbing and I also long term subbed for a few months. I think I have been doing a good job.
I think I want to go back to teaching full time. I have been applying for jobs in the current district I am in. I haven't been called for an interview for most of them. I was called for one interview but not called back. I dress well and interview well...I am confident there.
I know that many of the jobs I applied for went to people already "in" the district. The job I interviewed for had eight other people interviewed. I guess they didn't like anyone because that job has been reposted.
When I did the full time sub job this past spring, I was able to get four good reference letters from people at the school. So that was a good thing as these are current people who know my work.
If I don't get a regular job I can always sub again. As a matter of fact, I went in yesterday to get my sub picture taken for my ID for next year. The sub director asked me if I would like to permanent sub again for a kindergarten or 1st grade. She had these open. I told her I was flattered, but I really couldn't do kids that young. I also told her I was hoping to find a full time regular job in the district. I told her I would be willing to consider a sub job for older kids. (3rd through 6th). She was very nice.
Plain subbing isn't too bad as I can work every day if I choose and not work if I don't feel well. But a regular job would be more money.
Many times in this district you can long term sub and then wind up getting a regular contract because the teacher you replace winds up quitting, etc. I have a regular certificate, not just a sub one, so I am somewhat desirable.
This sounds crazy, but I think sometimes I am being rejected because I am bipolar and people don't like me. But I know I am totally functional when on meds.
Any ideas for me? Thanks for reading.