Right after Christmas Break, I got an email from HR saying that I had about one month to take all three TExES tests, which are pretty much the PRAXIS in Texas form. Yeah, one month. Let's say that I was less than thrilled, but I took it with stride because I wanted my contract for next school year to (1) be on time with everyone else and (2) actually be my contract (I was told if I didn't get them passed in time, I would risk not getting my contract renewed for next school year). So over the course of 5 weeks I was stressing, not sleeping much, and studying my butt off to pass all of these tests. I can officially say that have passed all three tests and have applied for (and received) my Standard Texas Teaching Certification! YAY! I am officially an official Texas Teacher!
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Joe was curious about advice I would give to a fresh college graduate and any wisdom I had to share about the journey of finding my career. I absolutely love the career I've chosen, so of course I wanted to share some tips on how to a career-driven professional.
find a job. Sure you've got credentials, but you really don't have that much experience, so don't put all of your apples in one basket. You aren't going to get your dream job and make large 6-figures your first year out (if you do, you're extremely lucky). You need experience to move up, and that's pretty much what your early 20's are for. It is frustrating, but also liberating... which brings me to Tip #2.
There are so many other tips I could give you, but I want to leave you with this really good article I read a few days ago.
If you were going to give career advice to a fresh college graduate based on your experiences what would it be? Would it be to settle for nothing less than something they are passionate about? Would you tell them to not put too much stock into their first job? Or would you tell them to travel as much as they can before starting a career?