I maybe, probably, like 75+% certain, have a job starting in January! Not that I was necessarily looking for a job but…
See, my algebra professor is head of the math department. At least her part of the math department. So on top of teaching duties she has a butt ton of administrative stuff. And she basically works like 60+ hours a week and is doing her best but is only one person and she actually manages to keep all the balls in the air, but it exhausting. It sounds exhausting. She needs help.
I pointed this out to her Wednesday and suggested she could use a TA. She agreed and said she could ask for one, but no one ever wants to TA mathematics. Ever.
Uh. I would. Gladly.
So she and I talked it over. I’ve given her my background, my education goals, my career goals, and it sounds like the only person who’d want the job, is a good fit.
It does have to be officially posted and technically I could have competition. But that’s why I’m only 75% certain I have a job starting in January.
January? Yeah, I have to not be her student before I can TA.
Technically it would be a work fellowship because I’m not a graduate student, but it’s still basically the same thing.
And it’s a paying gig. I honestly didn’t know that when I volunteered.
I can’t handle working and school right now. I’m still too fragile. But…
This would only be like 10-15 hours a week. Basically if I have class on, say, Tuesday and Thursday nights, I’d go down at noon and work for 5 hours then go to class. Maybe a third day if there is enough work.
I would not be interacting with people other than professors and maybe occasionally scheduling a meeting for her, so there is no stress of the general public. Plus there are no sales goals or customer service surveys.
I’d basically be grading, typing, copying, hole punching, stapling, etc etc. The busy work she can delegate. She even suggested she might loan me out to other professors who need help. So this could get maybe at some point closer to 20 hours a week.
But… this is the stuff I actually enjoy doing. And I enjoy Dr. Latin. She drives me crazy, she reminded me a lot of me without the mental health issues, but we mutually respect each other and it makes for some fun banter.
I think this would be a way for me to work without feeling like I’m working. Plus it gets me out of the house. Plus it’s a paycheck.
More importantly: I can start teaching as soon as I have a bachelor’s in some cases. That’s me teaching in, oh, 5 years. If I spend the next 5 years TAing for various professors, I’ll have tons of experience in the world of teaching, behind the scenes anyway, and my foot in the door at the university I see myself teaching at. This is a great step in the right direction.
So, I’m super excited. I really hope this works out. Not just because it’s a job and that would be useful, but because this is a great step in the direction I want to go.