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Dear Theo: First Degrees Desirable

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by nikkstar, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Please could you give me some advice on how desirable first degrees are to school?
    - does this mean that they will interview those with first degrees over those with a 2:1?
    - Is this a recent change? I've seen four or five specs now which list a first as essential or desirable.
    I'm now very worried about how is will affect my chances of moving on, especially into roles, with my lowly 2:2.
  2. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket New commenter

    I'll be honest, I trained in 08-09 and was on supply for the last academic year. In all this time not once have I seen a job spec mention degree classification. I have a 2:2 and I have a job because I have proved I can teach already. If a school asks for a first then they are likely to be a very high pressured environment or a group of people who think the smartest make the best teachers which isn't true at all.
    You have nothing to lose by applying for any job.
  3. A first degree can be a way of describing a full degree, so that they are not confused with foundation degree's. I know of someone who applied to do a masters and one of the entrance crietria was to have a first degree and after an enquirey they gave the same answer as I have just given and they actually accepted the grade of 2:2.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    A first degree means a BA or BSc or BEd, as opposed to a MA or PhD.
    Nothing to do with a First Class Honoursdegree, so you can stop panicking!
    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 Job Application seminar where you can meet me in on Saturday 2 April.
    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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