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Success Story | Ryan Mintz, Science ILP

Name: Ryan Mintz Ryan Mintz.jpg
Licensure program: Science (Physics)
Completed ILP: May 2012
Employer: Internationella Engelska Skolan i Uppsala
Position: Middle School Science Teacher

1. What interested in you teaching abroad?
I had always wanted to travel abroad, but different circumstances during college prevented me from participating. It had always been in the back of my mind to experience life somewhere besides the United States. Sweden just happened to be the first place to come calling, so I jumped on it.

2. How did you learn about your current position?
The career services office had set up an interview day with Internationella Engelska Skolan (IES) and the head of the Science Education Program (shout-out to Barb) sent an email to our cohort. I figured it would be a good practice interview, so I sent my resume along.

3. Describe the application and interview process.
After sending my resume and a cover letter through GoldPASS in October, IES scheduled an interview time for me when they would be on campus at the end of January. During that interview, I met with the head of academics for the whole company, and we talked for a bit. To me, it seemed pretty informal, with a few interview questions, but mostly just information about the company/schools, and the kind of people they were looking to hire. At the end of that interview, I was told to fill out the application online, which I did, and then I was put in touch with principals of two different schools. After a few very early morning Skype sessions (thanks to the 7 hour time difference), which were more formal interviews than the first in person meeting, I was offered a position as a teacher.

4. How did you make yourself stand out during the job search?
You have to play up your extra curricular activities. Join a club. Get involved. I am fully convinced that my experience as a member and president of the U of M Rugby Club is what landed me the job. Whenever I hand somebody my resume, that is the first thing they ask about. You think your degree and teaching experience make you stand out? Guess what. EVERYBODY else applying for that same job has a degree and teaching experience. Find something that sets you apart, and ride that as far as it can take you.

5. Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during job search process?
The most helpful thing for me was talking to the people around me. My cooperating teacher and fellow student teachers were a great support in organizing and composing myself for interviews. The people in class around you are a great resource. They want to be teachers because they like to help people. Let them help you.

6. Did you utilize career services (on-campus interviews, career events, appointment(s), online resources)?
Career services set up the initial in person interview, which was great. Nothing is better than meeting in person, and if it had been an entirely online process, I probably never would have followed through. The way that career services made the application and interview process was smooth and easy to use.

7. What advice would you like to share with others about your experience finding a teaching position?
Don't be afraid of failing. Throw your resume everywhere. I was applying for what I thought was a practice interview, for a job that I would never get, and it turned into the beginning of my career.

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