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Dear Theo: do I admit my sick leave?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by lighthouse_keeper, May 3, 2011.

  1. lighthouse_keeper

    lighthouse_keeper New commenter

    Dear Theo

    I had a term off sick last year and
    this year I'm part time doing some studying as well as teaching, as I couldn't
    continue to teach the subject I was doing. I only had a GCSE in it, and it was
    over 50% of my timetable. I lost many lessons of my specialism and got no
    lessons in my second subject, as I was needed to teach this third subject, even
    though I wasn't really qualified. I was miserable, every lesson was torture as
    the kids realised I didn't really know what I was talking about, and even if
    they seemed to be understanding, I felt dreadful every lesson and lost all my
    self-confidence. I asked again and again to be taken off the subject but there
    was no-one else to fill the gap. Eventually it took its toll and I had to be
    signed off. I realised I needed to change the situation so I asked to go part
    time so I could study for a qualification in another subject and go in a
    different direction.
    ecause of budget cuts, the school
    cannot offer me full-time next year, and it would also be good for me to have a
    fresh start elsewhere. So I have been applying for jobs but as soon as an
    application form has mentioned sick leave, I have left it. Now I cannot afford not to apply because
    there isn’t much time left – but will they just reject me as soon as they see
    my sick leave?

    Thank you in advance for any advice you
    can give me.
  2. Honesty is the best policy. I wouldn't dwell too much on it.
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I also reccommend honesty, but possibly with a positive twist. 'After a spell of sick-leave I have learnt to have a better work/life balance, re-evaluated the important parts of my work ' whatever best fits your situation to show how this has been a learning experience for you and how you are now better equipped to do the job.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes, you cannot hide it. And it´s best to be open, but brief and positive, about it.
    I always feel, for example, that teachers who have gone through a period of stress-related illness are then better equipped to deal with the everyday stresses of teaching, as they now have strategies to deal with them. If this is true for you, then say so!
    Make sure that you read and follow the advice in the Welcome thread to get a super 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 Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    By popular demand! In response to Tessers e-mailing in: another Job Seminar now on Saturday 14th May:
    The next Moving onto Leadship seminar is Sunday 15th May.
    * * * I´m told that although there´s still 12 days to go, both of these are nearly full, with extra chairs being actively sought. Book soon or lose your chance!* * *
    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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