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Am I too old?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by bellsk, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. bellsk

    bellsk New commenter

    I am 50 and applying for jobs. I want to leave my current school for many reasons , but mainly I want a change! I have applied for 2 jobs, and haven't even been shortlisted. I took your advice on writing a letter of application and showed it to a couple of people for extra advice. I'm feeling discordant, is it my age? Should I redraft my letter? I'm feeling disappointed as I am a good teacher! What can I do?
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    It is, of course, impossible for us to tell you why you haven't been successful. There are so many possible factors, not the least being the number and quality of other applicants.

    That is not a large number. And if it's for a subject with no shortage, in an area with no shortage . . .

    You should, of course, re-draft each time, as you shouldn't be sending the same letter to each school. Have you, I wonder, also been doing your E.S. before doing the letter? That does help you to concentrate on what are the essentials required by each school.

    Why you should always include an E.S. in an application

    In theory it shouldn't be, as that is an illegal discriminator . . . However . . .

    Jobseeking for the older candidate

    Best wishes

  3. snowflakesfalling

    snowflakesfalling Occasional commenter

    Getting a new job at 50 is entirely possible. I did it. :)
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  4. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    And I'm 55 and start my new post after Easter!
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  5. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I've moved jobs twice in my 50s (and may well do again !)
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  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    There you are then!

    (I got a Headship in my mid 50's).

    Best wishes

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  7. mkl

    mkl New commenter

    I was shortlisted recently at 57.
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  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    You certainly set out your value clearly in the application, @mkl .

    Best wishes

  9. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Many of the best, most inspiring teachers are older. But then, they started when children mattered more than data. Some of the best retired teachers I know got a job simply by sending in a handwritten letter on a small piece of paper! Thinking of some of them, they might not get jobs now. Trouble is, they know their subjects inside out. They refuse to reduce children to raw material or data. They know that planning and paperwork is not what matters to children.
    But they are in great demand from good heads who know what they're talking about-one 70 year old I know of still gets called in for supply
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  10. jomaimai

    jomaimai Established commenter

    Absolutely no!
    But the real question here is..

    Am I too expensive?
  11. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    That depends on what salary you are prepared to accept. They won't know that unless you mention it in your application.

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