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Dear Theo Contingency Plan - Masters.

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by littlemissraw, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    I looked at a masters but they wouldn't give me a professional development loan as I was unemployed... x
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I am sorry that you haven't yet got that job you need so much. Really sorry.
    MEd = over-qualified? But there are people with PhDs who are NQTS! I was one myself once . . .
    Do try to keep in touch with the classroom, or with children, too. Possibly help run a club or Cubs or Brownies, get in touch with whoever runs the Holiday playschemes locally, volunteer at a school.
    And do reflect all through the year on how your MEd will make you a better teacher, so that this can be expressed in applications and interviews.
    Best of luck with everything.
    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.
  3. DuckDuckGoose

    DuckDuckGoose New commenter

    Thanks for the advice Theo.
    The Masters requires me to have access to a group of children and my placement school have said that I can continue there on a voluntary basis so I'll have contact with a school throughout the year.
    BUT ... I may not need my contingency plan since I have been offered an interview for Monday!
  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    As Theo says, you certainly won't look 'over-qualified' - but neither will a master's degree give you an 'edge' over other candidates in itself.
    As Theo rightly says, you must look for ways to use what you learn to give you that 'edge'.

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