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Find a Job

Career Connections is here to guide you through the job search process to find the best place for you to start your career after graduation.

Start Your Career

The job search can be scary, but we have your back. Persist, and you will find your place.

You have the experience, but now you need to invest time and energy into marketing yourself as an asset to schools. School principals have told us that it is important for candidates to have more than just a resume and experience—you must be able to sell yourself. You need to tell your story and what you have accomplished.

Schedule an advising appointment with us to review your application materials, job search strategies, and even do a mock interview to practice your pitch. Here are additional suggestions:

  • See the Jobs section of Career Connections Online. Note that you must have a resume uploaded and approved before you can apply for a position.
  • Grab a copy of the Job Search Handbook from our office. It includes invaluable information, such as answering common interview questions, crafting your “elevator speech,” and managing your online presence.
  • Enroll in M202 Job Search Strategies to receive college credit for preparing for the job search
  • Create a LinkedIn account to help network with others professionally. Connect with professionals you already know and join groups such as the IU School of Education Alumni Network.
  • Connect with our alumni using the IU Alumni Directory. Request informational interviews and come prepared with questions about how to successfully transition to the workplace.
  • Attend Interview Day in April. Over 60 school districts from Indiana and other states across the nation participate, and you can get interview experience and learn about current vacancies. Note that you must have a resume uploaded and approved on Career Connections Online to attend this event.

Here are some more helpful resources as you prepare:

“Applying for jobs and not hearing back was tough. I applied for over 50 positions and only got three interviews. Most places did not even send an automated email saying they went with another candidate. You just have to keep trying.”

—Scott Berman
School of Education 2013
Social Studies teacher at Glenfield Middle School in Montclair, NJ

Time to Search

As teachers, we are called to serve. Go where you are needed. Some school districts are not graduating enough teachers to fill all of their teaching vacancies, so we encourage you to be open to all possibilities when searching for your first job. Career Connections Online is the best place to start.

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Remember that the key to any successful job search is to avoid getting discouraged. Stay positive and persistent. Be aware that many teaching jobs don’t become available until July and August. In the mean time, considering substitute teaching; districts often use substitutes as a hiring pool.

“Don’t get discouraged if your job search isn’t yielding the results you want. Keep looking and applying. It took me a solid year of searching, but I love what I do and I am lucky enough that it pays the bills.”

—Heather Hill
School of Education ’10 graduate
Outreach Educator
Horsing Around with Art Coordinator, Kentucky Derby Museum

Consider All Options

Some education majors are called to serve outside the classroom, and fortunately there are plenty of opportunities. Consider the following resources:

  •—for people who “want to make a career out of doing good”
  • O*NET Online—browse occupations by career cluster, industry, or job family, or use the search box to find a specific occupation
  • GuideStar—find organizational information for nonprofits around the country

You got the job!

You’re always growing and changing in your professional career, and Career Connections will continue to help along the way.

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 Make an Appointment

Schedule an individual appointment with one of our advisors. Career services are available to all students and alumni of the IU School of Education.

Phone: (812) 856-8500

Or stop by the front desk in Suite 1000 in the W.W. Wright Education Building.