Okay, I know what you're all thinking, "LI Rookie Racer? Yeah, I think he fell off the face of the planet. I haven't seen a new post on his blog in a long long time." Well to respond, I am still here, and no I have not written a post in quite some time, but have been exceedingly busy (lazy?) I'm going to stick with busy but in all reality it was probably a combination of the two. A lot has been going on in my life in the last few weeks. I started teaching math and science at a local summer school, I ran two half marathons in two states in the last two weekends, and I have been continuing training for the REV3 Maine Half Iron distance Triathlon at the end of August. Yeah, tons of stuff going on! I have also been searching for a job as a math teacher either on Long Island or in Westchester to start in September. Needless to say this has not been an easy process in the least. I have been on only two interviews for the twenty plus jobs I applied for, and feel only because I had connections at the two schools and was given courtesy interviews. On my most recent interview I was told "Paul, you're going to be an awesome teacher, but without more experience we just won't be able to hire you." A statement that is both nice and disheartening to hear. It appears that without at least a few years of experience, finding a job as a teacher is like finding a needle in a haystack. A combination of soul searching and frustration in the search for a job as a teacher, I have come to decide that I will begin looking for jobs in business and finance. I am signed up to take a prep class for the first actuary exam in November. At this point, I will continue to look for teaching jobs and a finance/business job simultaneously taking whichever comes up first.
So yes, it has been a busy and frustrating few weeks. I am starting to relax and destress knowing that I am doing what I can to find a job either as a teacher or somewhere in business. I know it is a long road to travel, but will ultimately prevail and be happy with whatever job comes my way.
I hope that sometime in the next few days/weeks I will have the time to write out race reports for both the Jamestown and Chicago Half Marathons.
I will be posting again soon!