Today I drove to Bismarck to join some of my students at an Education Networking Fair. It was co-sponsored by several entities, including participation by faculty in the education programs of the University of Mary and Dickinson State University (we have a campus in Bismarck). It was held at Bismarck State College on the top floor of the National Energy Center of Excellence building, an impressive structure with a south-facing view of the mighty Missouri River, of several bridges that connect Bismarck and Mandan, and of all the buttes and hills lying beyond the cities . . . I'm jealous of everyone with an office on that side of that building!
All the university students in attendance are just completing a semester of pre-service teaching (often referred to as "student-teaching") and are now looking for their first teaching jobs. Principals, superintendents, and human resource directors from about a dozen area school districts were there to say a bit about their schools, to announce what job openings they have and anticipate having, and to sit and make themselves available to meet with any students interested in those jobs. My students looked very professional and came with cover letters and résumés prepared to share. They were also unsure and nervous, which brought me back to the same point in my life: getting ready to graduate and looking for my first teaching job. It's exciting but nerve-racking. I hope they all get good jobs soon!