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Dear Theo- A levels and job application

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by RamC, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. I am applying for jobs as finish my PGCE in a few weeks. I'm a mature student with 10 years experience working as a 'specialist' child development advisor with children who have additional needs, and my degree, which I finished last year, was in Learning Disability Studies, ( I got a 2:1). I'm applying for jobs in Special schools, and I think I'm a good candidate. However, when I was at school I didn't try very hard at my A levels because I had already been accepted onto a nursing course, (which I did complete). I got all A*s at GCSE, but only got 2 A levels, and those were a B and D. I've applied for two jobs and the first cited my A levels as a reason I didn't progress to interview. This seems ridiculous to me as this was over 10 years ago! Is it likely that my A level results will keep haunting me?
     
  2. I am applying for jobs as finish my PGCE in a few weeks. I'm a mature student with 10 years experience working as a 'specialist' child development advisor with children who have additional needs, and my degree, which I finished last year, was in Learning Disability Studies, ( I got a 2:1). I'm applying for jobs in Special schools, and I think I'm a good candidate. However, when I was at school I didn't try very hard at my A levels because I had already been accepted onto a nursing course, (which I did complete). I got all A*s at GCSE, but only got 2 A levels, and those were a B and D. I've applied for two jobs and the first cited my A levels as a reason I didn't progress to interview. This seems ridiculous to me as this was over 10 years ago! Is it likely that my A level results will keep haunting me?
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Daft, isn't it?
    Candidates for Headships too are still asked to give their A-level - and sometimes GCSE or O-level - results - more than 10 years ago!
    So yes, they may still haunt you.
    This is what I call an elephant - something big that causes prooblems that you are tempted to try and ignore. Don't. Bring it out into the open and make it a positive. Talk about how, having yourself not made the best of your own opportunities, hence poor A-levels, you are very well placed to advice disadvantaged and disillusioned youngsters to ensure that they make the best of the opportunities that you will give them.
    Something like that.
    Don't forget to read and follow the advice in the clickables inside the Welcome thread.
    The advice has really helped othet posters.
    The benefit of an executive summary
    Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview
    taking Theo's Advice
    Best of luck!

    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice 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, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars


    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. Just wanted to add my two cents and say that not all is lost.

    I myself only have two A-Levels (at grades B and C) due to health reasons. In fact, I believe my background is worse than yours. I left school with D's and E's in my GCSEs (didn't like school so I didn't try very hard!), spent two years at college resitting them and came. away with a mixture of A's, B's and C's and then started my A-Levels. Did well in my AS's (A's and B's) and it was during this time that I was diagnosed with ME. I carried on to A2 but was forced to leave halfway through the year. Two and a half years later I returned and sat my A2's. Unfortunately, and I still don't know what happened but a few days before the exams I went really dizzy, so bad that I could not move let alone read. I had to pull out of one subject and went into another still feeling unwell and as a result failed both papers (hence the drop from an A at AS to a C at A2), and this did worry me because it is in the subject that I mainly teach.

    Anyway, what I meant to say, before telling you my life story, is that I have had 4 interviews with 2 job offers, so not all is lost, and as Theo said, I put a positive spin on them i.e. I know what it is like to be disinterested in school. Not all schools will look down on this. In fact, the DH who interviewed me told me that he was really impressed that I came from leaving school with D's and E's to gaining A-Levels (whilst battling with ME), a degree (2:1 the same as you) and a PGCE. Weirdly enough, the interview (and the job offer) came from the same school that I had left all them years ago with the D's and E's at GCSE!

    So don't give up. Some schools will look beyond them.

    Oh, and hubby has just reminded me that he only has two A-Levels as well and he teaches in a 6th form college.


     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Perfecat! Just what I always say.
    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice 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, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars


    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.Look forward to seeing you!
     

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