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Dear Theo: do I apply?!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by marthamoop, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo.
    I am a Primary NQT on a one year contract (until August 2011) and have already been told that there won't be a job for me next year due to funding - naturally I am very worried about my job prospects. My headteacher has been very good and upfront about it, offering to help with my applications/mock interviews etc and I have lots of respect for him. I saw a job advertised last week at a local school so went for a look around and I loved it and as far as first impressions go I felt confident that I would like to work there. Problem was that it is for a easter start - the headteacher questioned why I was looking so early and I explained that there was no problems at current school, its just a temporary contract. I told my current head that it was a easter start and I did really like the school and was thinking of applying and he was supportive although made it clear that it really wasn't ideal
    My question is - do I apply? Would it be best to get my NQT year done with the class I know, with a superb mentor and then try and find something for September? I know that leaving midway through your NQT year isn't ideal, all my feedback at my current school has been positive and it would be nice to see my class through the year. However, I really like the other school and the fact that its permanent is a big plus, not to mention the fact that there maybe less applicants than September when the market is flooded with next years NQT's. I know my chances of being shortlisted for the job are slim - i'm sure there are many candidates with more experience etc but in your experience what do you think the best thing to do would be?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Dear Theo.
    I am a Primary NQT on a one year contract (until August 2011) and have already been told that there won't be a job for me next year due to funding - naturally I am very worried about my job prospects. My headteacher has been very good and upfront about it, offering to help with my applications/mock interviews etc and I have lots of respect for him. I saw a job advertised last week at a local school so went for a look around and I loved it and as far as first impressions go I felt confident that I would like to work there. Problem was that it is for a easter start - the headteacher questioned why I was looking so early and I explained that there was no problems at current school, its just a temporary contract. I told my current head that it was a easter start and I did really like the school and was thinking of applying and he was supportive although made it clear that it really wasn't ideal
    My question is - do I apply? Would it be best to get my NQT year done with the class I know, with a superb mentor and then try and find something for September? I know that leaving midway through your NQT year isn't ideal, all my feedback at my current school has been positive and it would be nice to see my class through the year. However, I really like the other school and the fact that its permanent is a big plus, not to mention the fact that there maybe less applicants than September when the market is flooded with next years NQT's. I know my chances of being shortlisted for the job are slim - i'm sure there are many candidates with more experience etc but in your experience what do you think the best thing to do would be?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    In the current job market, you have to make a decision yourself on how much risk you are prepared to take.
    The risks involved in adapting to another school part way through your year as opposed to the risk of being unemployed - or in a school that isn't your choice.
    The decision has to be yours, but the risk of being unemployed is quite high in Primary.
    Best wishes

    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review 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.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Personally IMHO I think you should stick with your present post, as you're familiar with the children, settled & probably going to pass your NQT year. It shows a commitment to the children you're with, evidence of your 'stickablity' & suppose you didn't settle in so well to the new school & failed to pass your induction? Not nice to contemplate but it has been known to happen.
     

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