Research Your New Position

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Whether you’re searching for a job in or out of Michigan, you should do your research before accepting the job.

Although Michigan State University teachers are prepared to enter any classroom, you have to figure out what’s going to be the best fit for you. Some teachers will want more diverse classrooms with a growing population, while others may desire a rural setting with smaller student to teacher ratios.

Research a school’s values beforehand to make sure they match your own. Does the school/district promote global education, diversity, community involvement, doing the right thing? Make sure it fits with your interests and values to see if you will feel at home in that environment. You should also be aware of graduation rates, school ratings, and test scores, as that is often what your evaluations will be based on once you’re hired. If you have student loans, you may want to work in a school or position that qualifies you for certain loan forgiveness programs.

Although none of these single factors should determine whether or not you accept or decline a job, you should take time to consider if the job will be a good fit for you. Research and write down your questions to ask potential employers during the interview or after an offer is made. Deciding if you should accept a position can be challenging, but you can make it easier on yourself if you do some research and ask the right questions.

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