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Teacher gets innovative e-mail to find work

Unemployed university graduate Stacy Babb has resorted to trying to grab the attention of company bosses with an eye-catching employment advert.

The 28-year-old, who has been out of work for three months, has taken the initiative to sell her skills by e-mailing the advert to everyone she knows. The advert asks employers: “Are you tired of the same excuses or mundane hiring process?” and “Are you looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and creative employee?”

It then goes on to say: “Look no more, the wait is over” and Ms Babb explains she is looking for full or part-time employment and welcomes the opportunity to meet in a formal meeting.

Ms Babb lost her dream job as a physical education and health teacher at Purvis Primary School in the summer.

She was one of 96 staff to be axed from Bermuda’s public schools as the Ministry of Education cracked down on unqualified and unregistered teachers to save money. Ms Babb said: “I’m just pretty much surviving, but it’s hard, I can’t find work.

“I’m just putting my resume out there and hoping for the best. I sent out the e-mail advert because I had nothing to lose, I wanted to reach out to employers.”

Ms Babb has an associate’s degree in physical education from Darton College, a bachelor of science in exercise and health science from Kennesaw State University and a masters in sports studies from High Point University.

She is also well known in Bermuda’s sporting circles as she plays football and cricket for Bermuda’s national teams and is certified as a football and cricket coach. Ms Babb is currently looking for “just about any type of work” and has applied for several personal trainer and hospitality jobs.

She says she’s “just about managing” to make ends meet and pay the bills at her apartment on Devon Springs Road, Devonshire. But the only money she has coming in is from her Saturday job at SportSeller.

Ms Babb said: “You hear of graduates being unemployed all the time. It’s a somewhat common problem. The only way to get through is not to stress about it and to remain optimistic.”

Ms Babb said she was “surprised” to be put out of work by Government as the Ministry of Education had “come looking” for her when they were short of female PE teachers.

She said she was approached about going into teaching while working as an airport traffic officer at LF Wade International Airport. Ms Babb started teaching P1 to P6 pupils at Purvis Primary School in September 2009 and started studying for her teaching certification via Mount Saint Vincent University and Bermuda College the following year. Ms Babb has “already made a big investment” towards her career by paying out more than $4,000 for online classes as part of the distance learning course.

But just a couple of weeks before the end of the school year, Ms Babb was told the Ministry of Education would not be renewing her yearly contract. Three paraprofessionals also lost their jobs at Purvis Primary.

Education Minister Dame Jennifer Smith previously told the House of Assembly that the job losses included 30 paraprofessionals on one-year contracts, 12 unqualified and unregistered staff, and nine Bermudian teachers on temporary assignments or one-year contracts.

A total of 20 posts have also been eliminated at the Berkeley Institute and 26 posts at CedarBridge Academy.

Ms Babb accepts she doesn’t have her teaching designation but says she was taken on knowing this and exemptions have been given to other uncertified teachers.

She said: “I really loved teaching children, I enjoyed everything about the job. I like the intellect of children, how they get excited about learning something new and discovering things on their own, and how sometimes they just need someone to talk to. I believe the way our society is going, we really need to make sure children have positive role models.”

Ms Babb added: “I was taking steps to get my certification, but I was let go before I had the chance to because of the education reform.

“I wasn’t too pleased with the whole situation but I understand it was to cut back on finances.”

Ms Babb’s teaching certification course is currently on hold due to financial constraints but she has borrowed money to start the online classes again next year. It is her intention to complete the teaching certification programme and gain the relevant teaching experience.

Ms Babb still has her heart set on a teaching career saying: “I just want to help children in some shape or form.”

Stacy Babb is a graduate who is unemployed

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Published November 28, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated November 28, 2011 at 9:09 am)

Teacher gets innovative e-mail to find work

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