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ranting. raving. want a job.

16 Mar

Listen ya’ll. Finding a job is hard.

Don’t get me wrong – there’s a lot of them. When people say that SLP is a field that needs people, they aren’t lying. But nobody wants CFs! I’ve lost count of the number of jobs I’ve applied to and I’ve had three interviews. I’ve applied to schools, early childhood centers, contract companies, hopsitals, nursing homes. I’ve applied to full-time, part-time, PRN. I’ve applied all over the state of Missouri but I may need to start branching out. I told the contract company I’ve done a phone interview with that I will go anywhere within a 300 mile radius of St. Louis. WANT JOB.

Even finding the open positions is hard. You have to

(1) think up the names of schools and hospitals or do a ton of research finding places in the city you want,

(2) navigate their website,

(3) find out if there are any SLP positions available,  and

(4) fill out each individual application which takes one thousand billion years.

Contract companies often just have you fill out their inquiry form and then they call you so that isn’t too bad. If you’re looking for something specific – good luck. Trying to find early childhood centers that hire SLPs is quite the undertaking.

Then you have the nasty little problem of not being certified. In Missouri I can pretty much count on one month post-graduation before I can get a provisional license. Today I had an interview and it felt good but then it came down to, “Give me a call when you have your license.” Which is completely understandable – but it still sucks. I want to know at graduation I have a job.

The whole process of getting licensed and certified is also really convoluted. Here’s a little checklist of things you have to do if you want to work in the schools in Missouri:

– 6 years of school! NBD

– Pass the Praxis II – SLP

– Get a provisional license (and then a full license) from the Board of Healing Arts

– Get a Temporary Authorization Certificate from the Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) – you have to get the go ahead from the Board of Healing Arts before you can do anything through DESE.

– Get a school certificate through DESE after you complete your CF (don’t forget – schools treat us like teachers!) called the Student Services Certificate.

– Complete your CF (36 weeks, supervised)

– Get your CCCs

– If you’re contracted in the schools you’ll need to get a Medicaid number. You cannot get a Medicaid number as a CF. So you cannot bill Medicaid.


– Maintain your certification with CEUs (30 hours of continuing education per biennium) through ASHA, Board of Healing Arts, and DESE

– PS. If you get your CCCs and THEN decide to work in the schools you’ll apply for an Initial Student Services certificate which expires in four years and THEN you get the Career Student Services certificate.

– PSS. You may also wish to be a part of your state association – so remember to pay for that as well!

Completely. Friggin. Insane.

Oh oh oh – and here’s something that is just AWESOME. In order to get a MO Provisional License – you must have a job, supervisor name, and employer name, before you can apply. Yeah. Don’t bother applying for a license unless you have a job already – but you may NOT see clients/patients until receive your license number. WHAT? So basically when you go into an interview you’re saying “Hire me now, but I can’t work for you until the end of June.”

Which is why it’s so hard to find medical placements – they’re hiring for NOW not four months from now.

If you want to find out about your state’s redonkulusness – you may do so on ASHA’s State-by-State website.

NP: Eric Church – Springsteen


trying to stay in a happy place

5 Mar

Today my research mentor approved my thesis to move onto my thesis committee to be edited.

Which doesn’t sound so great but it is! It is great! I’m down to 44 pages so thank goodness. 115 pages was really out of control.

The downside of my life, is the Praxis is Saturday and I am just not prepared even a smidgen. BLECH. I need to mainly focus on reviewing Speech and Hearing Science, Audiology, and Motor Speech. Everything else I feel pretty confident about.

I wasn’t offered the job I interviewed for, but I have a phone interview with LinguaHealth tomorrow so yippee! I’m not too bummed, as it was my first interview and also I used all C words to describe myself like some freak.

Also I need to start thinking about my first blog post for the Hearing Journal‘s new student website. If anyone has any ideas please share.

NP: Right Above It – Lil Wayne


NP During the Day: Waka Waka (my kids are OBSESSED with this song)

C Words

27 Feb

Today I had my second interview with a school district in Kansas City. My interviewer asked me to tell him five words that describe myself. (There is apparently a point. I probably smiled a little. Mostly because it was really hard to think of on the spot.)

And do you know, 4/5 words I used started with “C.”


I said, “Responsible. Committed. Creative. Compassionate. Competent.”

I couldn’t even throw the “R” word in the middle.

Good grief Charlie Brown.

NP: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – Home




My first interview

12 Feb

I had my very first interview last week for an SLP position in a school district in Kansas City. I felt like it went okay, they do a second round of interviews so I’m hesitant to say if it went really well or really poorly! But I came out of it feeling good and I think it was good to just get the first one under my belt.

When I was on my way to the interview I gotta say that I totally had jello legs and indigestion. Once I got in there I got more comfortable and started chatting with other interviewees. Everyone else there was there for a teaching position, I didn’t get to talk to any other speech paths.

But the real reason I’m telling you about my first interviewing experience is to share what kinds of questions they asked!

I met with the Special Ed director and she focused on my knowledge regarding: team collaboration, the IEP process, caseload expectations, accomplishments I’m proud of, my strengths and interests, and my knowledge of the district. She really put emphasis on the fact that I’d be working with a team, with a wide variety of students and staff. She gave me a few scenarios regarding scheduling, collaborating with classroom teachers, and interacting with an IEP team (including parents and students).

Basically for the initial interview they were curious as to my knowledge of the school system and where the SLP fits in. So if you’re going to your first interview soon, make sure you know how the schools work!


getting things wrapped up

25 Jan

Right now, as we speak, I should be studying for my Professional Issues midterm. But you know, it FEELS like common sense so I’m having a hard time “studying” for stuff I feel I should already know.

What is a Professional Issues course you ask? Well let me tell you. It is a two week crash course in….issues that affect the professions. I feel as though the last two years has been a crash course on this topic but nobody asked me! I’m pretty sure one way or another every CSD program has this course.

So what am I doing instead of studying? Listening to music, drinking tea, blogging, sending resumes, Facebook creeping, WordPress creeping. The usual.

I’m going to finish up my thesis data tomorrow and let’s just talk about that for a second.

I wanted at least eight participants with dementia, and I only got four. We added a component where we used “healthy aging” participants for comparison (and to increase my sample size). I got four of those. Then two backed out. Luckily I’ve made a new SLP BFF who works in a nursing home and she’s getting me the hookup with two more participants. THANK GOD.

Overall it has been a hassle but once I can finish with the data collection it should be good.

My thesis advisor keeps asking me if I could go back would I opt for the thesis option? And my answer is always yes. It has been a pain in the behind but, for ME, it is worth it. I want to do a Ph.D. in a few years. I love doing research. I want the real life experience of doing research. So yes, I would always opt to do the thesis. I’ve got everything set up and ready to go, I just need to analyze my data and format it. Then it is all editing from here on out.

I’m unsure as to WHY the thesis is so dreaded for advisors, especially considering the lack of clinicians interested in legitimate research. I DO think if you opt to do a thesis you need to be dedicated and motivated, it is a COMMITMENT. But stop telling people that by doing a thesis they likely won’t graduate on time! That’s an exception, not the rule! I think it is irresponsible for faculty to encourage people to not pursue more advanced research if they have a real interest.

On Monday I start at SSD-STL and I’m pretty darn excited. I talked to EBS today and I’m hoping to get in contact with Genesis Rehab about interviewing and such for my CF. My first interview is coming up in about two weeks, I really can’t believe I’m getting to the point where I can start interviewing! It is all coming together and I can’t wait to get the next chapter of my life started.  It’s about time!

NP: Vonda Shepard – Baby, Don’t you break my heart slow