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Applying for jobs...

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by misspixie9, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. My university haven't given us any support so far, regarding how and when to start applying... So I've jumped in and done it anyway - it's one of those things that I'd rather have under control, than wait until whatever point of the course my tutors begin to think it's necessary for me to know about!

    Luckily for me right now, I'm not tied to anywhere geographically, so I can pick and choose where to apply for on whether I fancy living in that area, teaching at that school, working in that environment, without having to worry about moving other up people up and down and across the country, and I want to use that advantage as best I can, especially when the majority of the group that I'm studying with are trying to stay in the area that we all live in right now - it's nice, but it's not a requirement for me.

    The question is though.... Is this one of those areas where I should really only be applying for one or two jobs in any given time frame, or can I get away with having 5 or 6 (or more!) applications "live"?

    Any answers, greatly appreciated :)
  2. @Crowbob - Thank you for the reply. I'm not expecting the uni to tell us when to apply, however, having looked through the course programme and seeing that they intend to run seminars on completing applications and interview skills in May, I do wonder if they're leaving it a little late - I'm personally hoping that I'll have secured a job for September by that point, and honestly can't imagine leaving the process until that late in the school year when I already know that by the end of June, I'll be available to work. I have complained about this, and a number of other seemingly small things, but rather than wait for the programme leaders to make a decision, I spent my Christmas break and the couple of weeks before this placement started hunting down information via this website and others.

    @WelshWizard - I understand that competition is extremely fierce for Primary jobs, is it as bad for Secondary, or is there a teeny bit more hope there? *fingers crossed!*
  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Which subject? Some are desperate for anyone breathing with a PGCE, others can pick from a large field.
  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I see you're D & T. Usually not so competitive in your subject, but it depends on the areas you fancy working and the type of school you apply to, obviously. What's your specialism within D & T?
  5. My main specialism is resistant materials, and I've studied textiles and systems/electronics, but taught all 3 plus graphics on placement. My only weak spot at the month is food, but hopefully I'm helping with a rotation of that after half term...
  6. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Rather depends upon what part of the country you are in! The job situation is very local. The Good teacher training Guide provides statistics on employment patterns by subject and university. Generally resistant materials is usually good for employment prospects as there are fewer with this specialism. May is extremely late for providing advice on applications most posts would already be advertised by that point. You should press for a better service from your UNI- after all you do pay for it

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