So ever since I can remember I have had a desire to be a school counsellor. I went to school and got my education degree and became a teacher, which is rewarding in it's own right, but it's not where I feel most satisfied. I know that in order to become a school guidance counsellor I will probably have to do some more schooling, which I am willing to do when I feel my family is financially stable enough to allow for me to be away from the full time workforce. But then there's this situation I ran into last weekend.
While perusing the Internet, I decided to check on jobs in my old school divisions that I had worked for in Saskatchewan. I wasn't seeing anything in Alberta so I thought I would see what was available in Saskatchewan. There wasn't a whole lot, nothing more than in Alberta really, and nothing that I would be willing to apply for until I checked the Saskatoon Public School Division Website.
"OMG!!!!", was the thought that ran through my head.
Here is the posting:
Saskatoon Public Schools
Elementary School Counsellor - for the 2011-12 School Year
The successful candidate will have responsibility for providing direct service to Pre-K to Grade 8 students who display emotional, social, or behavioural needs that affect their academic progress, peer relationships and general school performance. As well, this individual will work closely with teachers, families/caregivers and community partners to facilitate strategies and resources to enhance personal and educational success.
Applicants must possess either a degree in social work and be eligible for membership in SASW OR qualify for a valid Saskatchewan teaching certificate and have completed recognized training in the area of counselling. Preference will be given to individuals who possess a graduate degree in educational psychology, school social work, special education, or a related field. Strong interpersonal and communication skills combined with the ability to work effectively in a team environment will also be prerequisites for the successful candidate.
Individuals will be required to use their personal vehicle, for which reimbursement of travel expenses is provided.....
I just about choked on my coffee as I read this posting. This is exactly what I wanted, exactly what I want to do, in a city I love. I enjoy Alberta, it's great, but I LOVE Saskatoon and my network of people there. I miss them so much and I never have enough time to give to all of them when I go back, which is very disturbing. I don't necessarily have all the qualifications but I have worked in both the education field and the field of social work so I have the experience.
I just don't know why things don't come up at the right time, instead of in the right place. I am not sure what this sign was supposed to tell me, but I know it's indicative of something. So Blogger friends, what should I do???