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Can you get a job over 50?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by dunnocks, May 29, 2018.

  1. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter

    But what's needed are experienced teachers at the chalk face, not pen-pushers tucked away in a plush office.
  2. jmacd

    jmacd New commenter

    I disagree, it simply demonstrates how some people can put on a show, great for extroverts. I know numerous teachers who are amazing in the classroom and always receive positive feedback from students and parents also with great results. However, during lesson observations they go to pieces. On the other hand I know great performers who put that extra effort in when it is an observation or OFSTED but can not relate to students, the results are satisfactory and show little desire and in some cases lazy. Your degree and post graduate certificate should be suffice.
  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    The school I used to know well has a number of more experienced teachers in some departments
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  4. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    That describes me to a tee.

    Best results in the school but regularly failed observations, and in ways which should have meant my results should have been a disaster.

    My own personal conclusion is that, if observations say you’re rubbish and your results will be poor, but your results are great, then there’s something wrong with the observation process rather than your lessons.
  5. markadoi84

    markadoi84 New commenter

    Hi all, first post here as I found this thread researching the area of employment for over 50s. As many have said here, it is often harder than it should be for over 50s to find work - many people I speak to don't get interviews for roles they'd have walked into 20 years ago. Age discrimination still happens, even subconsciously ('over-qualified' / 'not the right cultural fit' etc.).

    However - this is hopefully changing. In the last 10 years, 80% of UK employment growth has come from over 50s. With many people working longer and employers finding it hard to find the right people (something like 70% of UK businesses reported finding it hard to find the right staff - can't remember source of that) - the over 50s are a rich and yet-to-be fully appreciated source of talent.

    Whatever all of you do, good luck - there are sites set up specifically for this purpose now, such as Rest Less who were the source of the stat above.
  6. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    However, just because the statistics are stating over 50s are finding more work or more of them are in work, and that women born in the 50s who have been robbed of 5-6 years of their pension, are having to work, the work available for the over 50s is usually much lower paid and non comparable to what they were earning before.

    In the school sector, over 50s may be asked to work ask on MS or as TAs etc. or may even be insulted and asked to 'give back' and work for free. A lot of over 50s women are also working in the childcare sector. In my area alone there are two older teachers who have set up nurseries as self employment is often the only option for older workers especially women.

    The highest age group of workers on JSA are the over 50s. The fact that some are scrapping an income doesn't disguise the fact that for many over 50s professionals, it is a lot harder getting back into well paid and profitable work.:(
  7. marijo6566

    marijo6566 New commenter

    I have been teaching for 30 years, but since returning to the UK four years ago from an international school posting, I have struggled to find a full time permanent position as a music teacher. Many schools only want part time teachers for those roles. Taking on two or three schools to make up a full time post means - in single person department posts, which are the most common - reports, parents evenings etc for EVERY child in each school which, quite frankly, is insanity. I have been the second choice for every full time permanent job I have been interviewed for (and there haven't been many), with a much younger teacher getting the job every time. As a single mum in London it's an untenable position to be in and, although I have plenty left in me, no one wants it! I now find myself in the position of having to sell my house and leave London (but leave my son here as he has a year left in school) as the supply work is not covering my mortgage. I thought I was going to have a career for life and am really demoralised.
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  8. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    @marijo6566 I really hope things pick up for you. There are just too many qualified teachers and not enough jobs. Never believe the hype about there being a teacher shortage, as there are brilliant Maths, Science and MFL teachers, in the so called shortage subjects who can not get a job, because school have a preference for NQTs. You have 30 years under your belt, and getting in 2nd is good, believe it or not.

    Good luck with the move and I hope you land on your feet and very soon.

    Best wishes

    Cat :)
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