Be the Boss Over Cancer

Hi,

I am 32yrs old and I am officially done with my B.S in Education and I am looking for a job. The problem is that in my field in order to be thought of as reliable one needs to be substitute teacher, which I would be happy to be but due to health insurance problems I don't feel comfortable 'rocking the boat'. I am currently on a state insurance and I have had tries in the past where I've had sporadic working periods my health allowed. Recently however I was fined from the state for not informing them that I was working- which I did but I'm stuck paying the fine. I continue to take TKI's for my cancer and will continue to do so until further notice. My healthcare if it were private is just insanely expensive, from $500 blood tests to 10,000.00 drugs monthly. How can I go about finding a job that I can interview for successfully and also land a job with health insurance not just hourly pay ?

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  • Sarah Goodell

    Sarah Goodell on Mar 6, 2014

    Cancer and Careers Staff Comment:

    Hi Anna,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. I sent your question over to our coaches who should be in touch soon. In the meantime, I would recommend taking a look at our new Job Search Toolkit if you haven't already done so. The tool kit is 60 pages of information on all aspects of a job search and can be downloaded or ordered for free here: http://www.cancerandcareers.org/publication_orders/new

    I hope that this is helpful!

    Best,
    Sarah, Associate Manager of Programs, Cancer and Careers

  • Sarah Goodell

    Sarah Goodell on Mar 6, 2014

    Cancer and Careers Staff Comment:

    Hi Anna,

    I wanted to follow-up with you one more time and recommend that for your questions about health insurance, you should contact the National Cancer Legal Services Network: http://www.nclsn.org/. They should be able to provide you with more guidance around your insurance options.

    Best,

    Sarah, Associate Manager of Programs, Cancer and Careers

  • Julie Jansen

    Julie Jansen on Mar 7, 2014

    Career Coach Comment:

    Hi Anna, 

    I know that Sarah has told you about a resource for learning more about your options regarding health insurance. 

    I would like to address your question at the end of your post about finding a teaching job. Most jobs are found through networking as I am sure you are aware. (Even though you also have to apply on line.)So I would make a list of all the schools that you are interested in teaching at and then search for people who work at them on LinkedIn. I realize that teachers do not tend to be involved with LinkedIn quite as much as people in the corporate world so this is only one method for networking. Additionally I would reach out to everyone you know and ask them who they know in education. Email or call them and ask for an informational meeting or conversation. Then ask everyone you talk to for the name of one person in their network who works in education or has some sort of tie. If you do this consistently, you will grow your network and learn about new potential teaching opportunities.

    I do know that many teachers are hired into a full-time position after first working as a substitute or temporary teacher. This said, I certainly would remain open to doing this still even if it may not have reaped a job for you in the past. 

    I do not know where you are located however you may want to do research on different geographic markets to see where there might be a shortage of teachers if you can commute or even relocate. 

    I know that most of your focus in writing to us is about health insurance so hopefully you can get some answers about your concerns from the National Cancer Legal Services Network. 

    Best of luck Anna!

    Take care,

    Julie

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