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It's up to you.

You help you get the job--by networking; by acting professionally; by learning how to present (or market) yourself; by seeking out opportunities; and by remaining flexible with respect to your criteria for a job.
Lemire (skim Ch 2-7) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

I completely agree with this statement. Often times, the person hired for the job is not neccessarily the most educated applicant. Personal appearance, charisma, and initiative are large factors as well. My question is this: As an undergraduate studying to become an English teacher at the secondary level, would it be better for me to find a job first after I graduate, and then, go back to graduate school? Often times, schools will hire less educated teachers because that means they will have to pay them a lower starting salary. Would it be better for me to find a job first, and continue to graduate school part time while I teach? Or can I continue on to graduate school full time after undergrad? Will I be unwanted if I first attain my master's degree and then apply for teaching positions?


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