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Dear Theo: Dilemma - should I still apply?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by naomicope, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo and Others
    I am an NQT (qualified last year) currently looking for my first job. I have had a fair few interviews which have mostly gone well but been unsuccessful. I am obviously very disappointed that I don't yet have a job for September especially at this late stage.
    However on Tuesday a last minute job came up. I got the details and applied. Yesterday I got a call asking if I would like to visit the school today (Saturday!). I visited the school and found out some details that weren't in the original email from the school. This is where my dilemma lies. The job is 2 days in Year 5, one day in Year 4 and one day cover. The job is also only temporary for one year. I am slightly concerned about this as I wouldn't be based in one class. I liked the school and the staff I met seemed friendly.
    My question is: Should I withdraw my application (because it seems a bit odd) or should I just go for it on the basis it is a teaching job, I would complete my NQT Year and if I don't take it I would probably have to give up on being a teacher
    Sorry for the long winded post. Hope it makes sense. I would be grateful if anybody could offer any ideas and/or suggestions. Thanks.
  2. becky70

    becky70 New commenter

    Go for it - I accepted a similar post and it has led to a new post teaching my own class. Good luck.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Everything I could say has been very well said above by others. The only thing to add is that I can see this as a very strong basis for applying for other posts. You could write an extremeley effective application highlighting your flexibility, your team work, self-reliance, etc in this post.
    And of course the other thing to say is:
    I look forward to reading your next thread called Dear Theo - I got that job!
    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.

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