Low pay and hard to advance
Instructional Assistant (Current Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – February 14, 2019
I took a job as an instructional assistant. I really wanted to find a way into an education environment but the only job I could qualify for was a part-time position (19.5 hours per week) that required a bachelor's degree!
Seriously, for what I do a bachelor's degree is asking too much. I basically, keep an equipment room clean, help out students in the computer lab, and do some light filing and paperwork.
But that's what it takes to get into the door with some of these entry level positions. Unfortunately, the pay is low and I couldn't find another part-time job to accommodate the schedule I had with TCC.
Furthermore, advancement opportunities are pretty much non-existent unless your moving up the faculty ladder which requires a Master's Degree.
Some people get in because of who they know or because they're applying for a specific admin position and are bringing in specific credentials or work experience. But if you're looking to start a career here from an entry level position, good luck.
Minimum job requirements are too high; Pay is too low.