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Admin or TA job in a school, dinner lady first?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by mandyb1999, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. mandyb1999

    mandyb1999 New commenter

    I have been told that the best way in to an admin or TA post is to be a dinner lady to get school experience, however the hours are only 1 hour a day and I need to do more than this. Is it really a way in and therefore in a year or so I'll be in a better position to apply for other jobs or is temping in admin a better option. I am returning to work after having children and have a degree and background in marketing.Thanks for your thoughts
  2. Violalass

    Violalass New commenter

    Take a week's holiday and volunteer in a school (read with the kids etc).
  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    By which numpty? As Violalass says, volunteer in a school first.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Good gracious!

    I cannot imagine that working as a Dinner lady (perfectly honourable job as it is) could possibly be part of a career ladder to an admin job in a school!

    Volunteering with children, in a school, in a Cub or Brownie pak, would be much better.

    You might actually like to try and see if there are any TA supply posts available through agencies, if you want a foot in the door.

    Best wishes

  5. mandyb1999

    mandyb1999 New commenter

    I have been volunteering each week for the past year at a school but when I applied for an admin role at the same school I was not even called to interview as had no 'school experience'. I asked how I could get it so it was suggested I get that through being a dinner lady. No positions available at time. Just want to clarify if I was being fobbed off or if worthwhile pursuing it...
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    You were being fobbed off.

    Nobody could possibly suggest that as a sensible route.

    Best wishes


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