I didn’t mean to leave you guys hanging about my new job, but the holidays got the best of me! So without further adieu: I’m going to be a school psychologist!
I’m sure no one is really surprised, seeing as I just graduated with a school psychology degree in May. But for many months, I struggled with the decision of whether or not I really wanted to be a school psychologist. You see, I became very disenchanted with all of the testing, and since the role of the psychologist varies by state, I decided to try something new after moving to assessment-focused NC. Looking back, I think I was blinded after being completely burnt out from 3 years of intense school psychology. In some ways, I see the past six months as a blessing in disguise though, because my experience working in a desk job has helped me come to appreciate many awesome aspects of school psychology:
1. Shorter work day.
2. Decent pay.
3. SUMMERS OFF (and winter + spring breaks)!!
4. More interaction with people and less staring at a computer screen.
5. Even though it’s sometimes boring writing, the job does involve writing, which is something I like. And I get to use my brain!
6. Working with energetic and sometimes cute kids.
7. And most importantly, helping children and their families is a much more satisfying way to spend my time.
I think my generation likes to believe that there’s a perfect job out there for all of us. And while I certainly believe that there’s a job for me that’s very, very close to perfect, I do need to be reminded that there are parts of every job that I’m not going to like. There are still many aspects of school psychology that I don’t like and that I’m not looking forward to. But, for now, there are more things I don’t like in this job than in that job, and that’s the best I can do at my age and with my experience. I also cringe at the thought that I slaved through graduate school (and spent lots and lots of dollars) for nothing. I know many believe that no degree is ever wasted, but it sure feels that way – I have all this specific information in my brain that can help children and I’m not using it! People have always told me that there are lots of different things you can do with a school psychology degree. What they failed to mention though, is that you have to have quite a few years in the schools under your belt first! Perhaps paying my dues in the schools will lead me to my dream job.
The job I took is part-time, so it will allow me to get my foot back in the door while giving me some time to explore other interests. I’m proud to have landed a job in an incredible district and I’m excited to have my own school and my own kids! I’m extremely future-oriented, so I’m trying to to focus on the present and not next year or the next ten. More free time in my life, a more meaningful work day, my own office (!), bullets on my resume in a field that I generally like – that’s enough for right now.