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A bit fed up!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by bozbear, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. bozbear

    bozbear New commenter

    Okay heres my moan... It is just a moan and I am sure I will get over it.

    I took a short term maternity contract in september. Since takng it I have had 5 interview offers attended 3 and been 2nd choice twice (apparently). The first head told me she would help me find a job by reviewing applications, helping lesson plan etc. and the 2nd head said it was very close run between me and the appointed and that if I found myself on supply at the end of my maternity cover to ring him!

    I am becoming a little disheartened - I am a good NQT - I work hard, get good obs and am completing induction in an age range I didnt train for! So why cant I secure a post? Am I just not cut out for it.

    The person I am covering for has decided to return 4 days before the easter break so I will work the remainder of that week and hand over, but she will be paid for easter holidays and I will not! I feel a little grumpy about this - but accept this is her choice!

    I dont think I am doing anything massively wrong but am becoming a little disheartened. I have even considered going on supply to boost my experience and networks... Or just giving in and choosing another career!
     
  2. bozbear

    bozbear New commenter

    Okay heres my moan... It is just a moan and I am sure I will get over it.

    I took a short term maternity contract in september. Since takng it I have had 5 interview offers attended 3 and been 2nd choice twice (apparently). The first head told me she would help me find a job by reviewing applications, helping lesson plan etc. and the 2nd head said it was very close run between me and the appointed and that if I found myself on supply at the end of my maternity cover to ring him!

    I am becoming a little disheartened - I am a good NQT - I work hard, get good obs and am completing induction in an age range I didnt train for! So why cant I secure a post? Am I just not cut out for it.

    The person I am covering for has decided to return 4 days before the easter break so I will work the remainder of that week and hand over, but she will be paid for easter holidays and I will not! I feel a little grumpy about this - but accept this is her choice!

    I dont think I am doing anything massively wrong but am becoming a little disheartened. I have even considered going on supply to boost my experience and networks... Or just giving in and choosing another career!
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Don't get dis-heartened. It's just that it's really tough to get jobs at present, particularly if you're Primary.
    It's upsetting that your maternity cover teacher has decided to return just before Easter, but that's probably due to financial reasons & you'll hate having to hand over a class. I had the same last year, lovely class which I was sorry to say goodbye to( I even went back just to see them in the Christmas play!) but that is the nature of supply especially long-term.
    Going on supply is one idea, if there's any work in your area. If there is it might re-energise your love of teaching & help your confidence.
    Best of luck, whatever you decide!
     
  4. I feel exactly the same and am considering if this is really for me and maybe I am just not quite good enough. My confidence is up when I have great days in school then plummets when I get yet another rejection. I have been on suppy only a short time and am getting plenty of work, called back to schools and the TA`s are giving wonderful feedback and advising about staff changes and vacancies. A couple of phase leaders also urged me to apply for upcoming maternity covers and long term positions. The problem seems to be my lack of experience. As an NQT I have always fallen at the final hurdle. NQTs do get taken on (I often wondered) as I chat to them at the schools where I do supply but I am never in the right place at the right time. Some schools just cannot offer me induction and I understand this. I have even started my NQT standards file as I am getting such great experience and opportunities in class. What more can anyone do in this position?
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes, it is tough out there, trying to get jobs. And unfortunately, it's just sbout to get tougher, as the 2011 cohort of NQTs is just about to start jobseeking in competition with you.
    Yes, some schools do decide at the crunch to go for experience. Although it sounds to me that you're getting a good deal of this.
    But also some schools decide to go for NQTs as they are cheaper. So it works both ways - there are experienced teachers pipped at the post by NQTs.
    What you need to do - obvious I know - is ensure that your application is as good as possible, so that they are already biased in your favour before you step into the interview room.
    Rewad and implement all the advice in the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread. Check that you are doing yourself justice with your presentation oif the supply work.
    Dear Theo- work history too bitty and too much supply- help!
    Perhaps as a last resort you should consider using our services below. Can be quite pricey, especially the one-to-one meetings, but it is an investment for your future. Your future career, your future happiness as a teacher, and also your future earning power!
    But read through the free advice first.
    Best of luck.
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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