“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” goes the famous song about New York City. Is there a place — a city, a school, a company — which you think (or thought) the same? Tell us why, and if you ever tried to prove that claim.
I did not exactly think, “If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere,” after completing my education I was confident, I’d get a job teaching anywhere in Dhaka city. I thought that due to the fact I had the required qualification.
I had proved that time and time again, I was right. I applied in several schools each time I was selected for the job.It was in Bangladesh.
When I moved to Canada to join my husband, it was no longer true. There were various reasons why my thought was no longer valid such as: I was an immigrant, I was a complete stranger and I was not a Caucasian also I was over-qualified. The last one confused me the most, the word over-qualified brought me down to reality. Are they telling me somehow I’m not eligible to teach because I have too many degrees, can this be a determining factor?
Where I come from they are ready to offer you a job if you are highly qualified, they don’t even call you for an interview. How can it be so different here?
I smiled and told the principal, “it is not a bad thing to be educated or is it?”
He smiled and said nothing.
I did get a job after a few months, but the initial reaction of these people confused me!