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Joseph Pentzak admits that it was a lot harder to secure work after graduation than he expected. A 2012 History with Secondary Education Certification graduate, Joseph relocated to North Carolina upon graduation in hopes of securing a full-time teaching position in the Social Sciences. After filling out countless time intensive teacher applications, he started applying to positions outside of the teaching field. He spent a lot of time scouring job boards, classified ads, and visiting and revisiting places that were hiring. At one point he held three jobs working retail and as a family health aid.
In early 2013, he was hired part-time at Mitchell Community College, in Mooresville, North Carolina. He worked for the tutoring center doing administrative work and tutoring in English, History, and remedial Math. His big breakthrough finally arrived and he is now the 6th grade humanities teacher at Northview IB (International Baccalaureate) School in Statesville, NC. As part of this job he'll receive additional training and certification as an IB instructor. He attributes his “instructional experience as a substitute and student teacher and my formal education in teaching methods and pedagogy, strong communication and organization skills, and positive attitude” to securing his current position.
Joseph advises current GMC students to make the most out of their internship. “Use that time to make connections with people well established in your field. Also, your peers will become a great resource, [so] get involved in campus activities and clubs!” He also advises students to think “outside the box.” He comments not to only apply to jobs applicable to your field of study or only those you envisioned to be your dream job after college. “Your education and experience can translate well into more areas than you imagined."