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VSU helps education students find jobs

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Education majors used to be pretty much guaranteed a teaching job somewhere once they graduated from college.

As school budgets are slashed, that's not the case any more.

Valdosta State University is trying to make sure its education students find jobs in this tough economy.

Creighton Johnson is a political science major at Valdosta State University who wants to teach social studies. 

 "I'm ready to get out there in the work field but there's not many options so in the education field,  I feel like there's an opportunity and I'm ready to take on that opportunity," said job seeker Creighton Johnson.

 To help students like Johnson, VSU's Career services has put together an education career days for about 30 years.

 "In the past we've gotten systems as far west as Texas as far north as Maryland as far south as the Florida Keys," said Kevin Taylor, Associate Director of Career Services.

Career Services says even in this downturned economy, school systems are still looking for teachers. They say students just have to be willing to relocate for some of these jobs.

Taylor says there's a big concentration of students from metro Atlanta, so there are several schools here from that area.

"There's probably about 30-35 percent of our entering freshman class that are from that metro area,” said Taylor. “So it’s really convenient for those school systems from the metro Atlanta area to come here and actually find their own and go back home and teach."

Even nearby school systems like Berrien County were in attendance.

"We receive most of our teachers from Valdosta State,” said Dr. Florence Moffett, Berrien County School System. “Approximately 85 percent of our teachers come from Valdosta State."

Dr. Moffett says they're able to hire because several of their teachers are retiring. Recruiters look for a number of qualities in candidates.

"We actually look for someone who is well-versed,” said Dr. Moffett. “They have very good organizational skills. They know they're content. They communicate well. They have a love for children. They enjoy what they do."

While students had the opportunity to network, many also held initial interviews and hope to find out soon that they'll be hired.

Georgia Teacher of the Year Gwen Desselle from Moultrie also spoke to future teachers at VSU today as she travels the state promoting the teaching profession. You can read more about her by clicking here.

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