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Dear Theo and everyone else- if you do any job while looking for a teaching job does it effect your chances of employment?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by kattyanne, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,

    I need some advice! I am an NQT with 6 months maternity cover experience straight after I qualified, but since the contract ended I have not been able to find anything else (yet!). I can't do supply teaching as I am a single parent on income support and because of this any time I work, I will have to start and reclaim benefits if the earnings from work are higher then my received benefits. I would find this very stressful to keep reapplying for benefits! I am going to have to find any job I can at the moment but this means I will not be gaining any classroom experience and I am wondering if it will go against me when looking for a teaching job? I just feel like i'm getting further and further away from getting a job I actually want to do and trained for! Any advice is much appreciated!

    Many thanks,

    Kate
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Hullo there Kate.
    Yes, I know: an awful situation to be in. I feel so sorry for you all.
    The ideal situation would be to get a teaching job, of course. Read this thread where I give advice to another unemployed teacher trying to start induction too.
    NQT Science Teacher without a Job
    The next best would be to get a job as a TA. Here's the hint for this:
    Dear Theo and anyone else...advice on getting a job as a TA
    Failing those two - are there any voluntary things that you could do while taking a job to fill the fridge (and Heads will understand that you have to take a job, any job, don't worry). Cubs, brownies, Sunday School, after-school clubs - anything to keep in touch with children.
    It's not good for your morale to be in such a situation, but do try doing a nice list of all the reasons why you would be an asset to a school. This will cheer you up, as well as being a good start for writing your next application.
    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
    I am timetabled for the October seminars - see you there!
     
  3. Thank you so much for your advice I have asked to volunteer with two separate organisations so fingers crossed i'll gain some experience and maybe even make a few contacts!
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Good luck lass!
    ____________________________________________
    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
    I am timetabled for the October seminars - see you there!
     

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