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Greg Said,
February 24th, 2011 @3:10 am  

Put it on your resume, its great experience and shows that you have worked in a field which required you to be patient with others. Don’t worry about doing something different to pay the bills, you have to do what you have to do. Just make sure if they ask you why you want such a different job during an interview you DO NOT say that it is to pay the bills. That would be a huge mistake, you should express a legitimate interest in this new field. Who knows, maybe you are destined to teach. Good luck.

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FLhazel79 Said,
February 24th, 2011 @3:27 am  

Employers generally want people with experience in the field; in this case, education.

Special Ed teachers are still first and foremost teachers. Caregiving is an aspect but not the primary focus.

Yes, it is a different field, but that doesn’t mean that skills and experience in another field can’t be emphasized and applied. Part of job-hunting and resume writing is “creative” – showing how your particular interests, skills, and training can be applied to the position you are seeking.

This economy is tough; do what you have to to pay the bills and keep in mind how you will frame this experience to potential employers.

Good luck and good for you for having an interest in education and special ed. All teachers, but especially special ed teachers are so important. Its cliche but kids ARE our future.

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