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Old 09-01-2012, 07:25 AM
 
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Hi All!

I'm originally from the Troy area, and we're considering moving back home to be closer to family. Do you have any idea what the job market is like for middle school teachers (me) and SAP/Network Administrators (husband) in the Capital Region? I'm hoping to not wind up back in Troy, so we're flexible location wise within the region. I keep hearing about a"Tech Valley" buildup happening, but we don't see a whole lot of jobs posted. If you have any knowledge/ experience with tech/ teaching jobs in the area, we'd appreciate it.

Thanks!
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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The job market is terrible here. Of course you will hear the rah-rah crowd it's great but when you are employed everything is hunky dory.

The new Tech Valley is just BS some is passing around to get people to move back to a Rust Belt part of the USA. People are LEAVE upstate NY in droves.

As far as teaching, this is a bad area for teachers because there is so much competition. My son is in a special ed. program and all the assistant teachers (specializing in Special Ed and other ED) say they cannot get anything.

Again, you will have people say that there are a lot of education jobs here. Just because there are a few jobs posted doesn't mean YOU are going to get one.

I urge you to check out the local website and put in teacher. Go to Craigslist. Check Indeed. Go back 4, 6, 9, 12 months...it's gotten WORSE.

There are NO jobs here for either my husband (unemployed 8 months) or me. He can't even get a retail job despite experience in 4 or 5 fields.

Do your research and read these threads.

We are desperate to leave here!
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:55 PM
 
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Hi All!

I'm originally from the Troy area, and we're considering moving back home to be closer to family. Do you have any idea what the job market is like for middle school teachers (me) and SAP/Network Administrators (husband) in the Capital Region? I'm hoping to not wind up back in Troy, so we're flexible location wise within the region. I keep hearing about a"Tech Valley" buildup happening, but we don't see a whole lot of jobs posted. If you have any knowledge/ experience with tech/ teaching jobs in the area, we'd appreciate it.

Thanks!
First, off don't mind chefsunny. She isn't originally from the Capitol Region and is miserable and doesn't have much kind to say about many places it seems like.

There ARE IT jobs. Sometimes you have to know someone to get hired. A lot of IT companies work this way. They don't advertise jobs available. They scout for the talent they need and that's how they fill the jobs. I know because my other half was recruited for a company in East Greenbush and we currently live in South Carolina. We're both originally from the Capitol Region.

Best advice for IT jobs is to contact consulting companies. Many companies hire only through those firms as well. My other half has gone this route in the past and was offered several positions.

As far as teaching, well that's rough pretty much everywhere in the country. The school budgets are being cut every year. The area has several colleges that have created so many more teachers than the area could have ever used. If you currently have a teaching job, I wouldn't move expecting to find another one. My sister-in-law has her master's and has had an EXTREMELY tough time finding a teaching position. She found one with a private school after searching for more than a year.

As for Tech Valley, the name really has to do with the nano industry coming to the area. It's not all IT, but there are MANY IT companies and companies who have IT departments in the area.

Places to look for jobs...

Times Union's website
Capitol Region Help Wanted Dot Com

Good luck!
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:46 AM
 
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You may find something here too: Capital Region Jobs
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Albany, NY
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My take is pretty much the same as ss20ts. Times in education are very tough right now. Almost every school district is laying off teachers. I think you have a better chance getting a job teaching in middle school than in high school and definitely better than elementary school since most people don't want to teach middle school. Our middle school hired 5 teachers this year. Some of these were "specialty" positions, such as reading specialist. So if you have special certificates or extra training, you are in a better position. I know some people that have gotten their foot in the door through subbing, which is also a good way to learn the pros and cons of working in different districts. Capital Region BOCES may be able to provide you with more information about subbing.

Your husband is in a better position for finding a job, and ss20ts has some good advice. Networking seems to be one of the jobs that hasn't lost ground during the recession. Also, that's one of the jobs the state is less likely to cut, so there isn't the same competition from recently laid off state workers as there is in other fields.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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Well, don't mind me telling the truth.

I am not in IT, so I will give you that. I am in education and it's a rough road all over.

I said for people to do their research--that's all.

I suppose I will just let people come here and see for themselves.

I'd like it here okay if we could have jobs because it's cheap and the shopping is decent.

There are just many nicer places to live than Albany. Read the posts from OTHER people if you think I am biased.
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:46 PM
 
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There's a Tech Career Expo coming to Albany. There ARE companies hiring!

Tech Career Expo to be held September 10 - Times Union
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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The job market is terrible here. Of course you will hear the rah-rah crowd it's great but when you are employed everything is hunky dory.

The new Tech Valley is just BS some is passing around to get people to move back to a Rust Belt part of the USA. People are LEAVE upstate NY in droves.

As far as teaching, this is a bad area for teachers because there is so much competition. My son is in a special ed. program and all the assistant teachers (specializing in Special Ed and other ED) say they cannot get anything.

Again, you will have people say that there are a lot of education jobs here. Just because there are a few jobs posted doesn't mean YOU are going to get one.

I urge you to check out the local website and put in teacher. Go to Craigslist. Check Indeed. Go back 4, 6, 9, 12 months...it's gotten WORSE.

There are NO jobs here for either my husband (unemployed 8 months) or me. He can't even get a retail job despite experience in 4 or 5 fields.

Do your research and read these threads.

We are desperate to leave here!
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Well, don't mind me telling the truth.

I am not in IT, so I will give you that. I am in education and it's a rough road all over.

I said for people to do their research--that's all.

I suppose I will just let people come here and see for themselves.

I'd like it here okay if we could have jobs because it's cheap and the shopping is decent.

There are just many nicer places to live than Albany. Read the posts from OTHER people if you think I am biased.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Albany, NY
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Well, the OP is from Troy and has family here, so she probably has a better sense than many of us what the area is like in general. I think she was specifically asking about job opportunities.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Well, the OP is from Troy and has family here, so she probably has a better sense than many of us what the area is like in general. I think she was specifically asking about job opportunities.
I have to agree with other posters though...teaching jobs aren't plentiful. I don't know about the tech field, but supposedly Albany is booming with tech jobs. I haven't seen much of that but hey, what do I know?
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