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Dear Theo & Co: Applying for jobs teaching subjects related to my degree but not trainined in

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Moony, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

    My degree is in Geology and I trained to teach Science but I know that other Geologists going into teaching have gone the Geography route. I'm just wondering how easy it would be for me to side step into teaching Geography, I'm supply teaching at the moment and I've mentioned to the agencies I'm registered with that I'd like to do some geography and when doing long term supply last year i did some KS3 Humanities cover. Also when I did my PGCE I was lucky in that my ITT provider had a Geology strand in the science course so I have had training on fieldwork and how to do it.
     
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    My advice, for what it's worth, is to give it a go.
    As linguists, one has often has to cover other subject, simply to fill one's timetable and in my career I've often had colleagues progress into different departments for which they were initially trained. In my case having spent many years in Middle schools, where one has to teach other subjects for which one is not initially trainedit seems quite natural to transfer skills one has in one curriculum area to another.
    How long have you been doing supply? Certainly in Secondary schools one often has to 'cover' other subjects and you can certainly expand your repertoire.
    * The main point is how to convince a potential employer that you will make a better Geog. (or whatever) teacher than the other applicants, who have done Geog as their main. So how good is your subject knowledge? How can you demonstrate this to them in your application? What can you do to enhance this? How does the teaching of Geog. differ pedagogically to Science? Are there some transferrable skills? What skills can you bring from your own discipline etc. All these are the types of questions you can consider.
     
  3. Georgia99

    Georgia99 New commenter

    Not the same subject area but my friend complete PGCE Health and Social Care and has a degree in Psychology. She applied for a role for a secondary teacher of Psychology and got the job over other interviewees with PGCE Psychology.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Basically, you just apply for any slightly suitable job where you can make a good case for yourself. If you can get some experience doing supply in Geography as well as Science, that's good.
    A school will certainly appreciate someone who can be flexible for timetabling, so emphasise that in every application.
    Read carefully all the advice in the shortlisting clickables in the Welcome thread. This post I've just written sets out the main steps for attacking the JobSeeking in an organised fashion:
    Dear Theo I need help!
    Best wishes for 2012 and a new job
    ___________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  5. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

    I've been thinking of trying to pick up A-Level Geog to give me a boost in termsof having done something recently. I know someone on the supply thread once mentioned about getting to do LA organised subject boosters but I've not yet looked at those.

    But as to how long i've done supplyas wellas my currentstinton supply (last academic year and so far all of this one) I've preciously done another 4 terms of supply. I've done a modest amount of day to day stuff being thrown into a range of subject but I've mostly done medium/long term science cove.
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Do make sure that you exploit your supply work by emphasising what you've gained from it:
    Dear Theo- work history too bitty and too much supply- help!
    Best wishes
    __________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     

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