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Dear Theo, I don't know which way to turn next :(

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

  1. Hi Theo,
    I wanted to contact you as I am at my wits end in regards to job seeking. I don't know what else I can do to try and improve my chances of getting a job in or outside of teaching, I currently have no work and am living off my savings, couldn't be more unhappy if I tried and my confidence is now at zero due to the amount of rejections I have received to date.
    Bit of background info: I am a qualified FE Lecturer, qualified in 2007 and from 2007 to late 2009 I taught in an FE college (also had additional roles course leader, tutor etc). I left the college in late June 2009 and I have been applying for jobs in and out of teaching ever since and still have no job.
    Ever since July 2009 I have been doing administration temping work through an agency (nearly two years in total). It is so frustrating as I am really hardworking and just desperately want a chance to prove what I can do. I can't even get an admin job because I am too over qualified. Back in summer 2010 I relocated to a new area (had wanted to move for ages), if a miracle doesn't happen soon I think I am going to have to move back to my home town and back in with my parents.
    I have sent off lots and lots of applications with executive summaries, have redesigned my CV several times, volunteer in my spare time...
    Just don't know what else I can do to make myself a more attractive candidate to recruiters. I did look into the professional CV service that some companies offer but I just can't afford it. Any advice from anyone would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I think there are those who are on each end of the spectrum - those with many years of teaching experience and those who don't. Schools and Universities are now probably 'saving' because they don't know what is to happen in the future.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    FE is very hard - there are loads of redundancies already started and more to come. A friend who is a Principal tells me that there are several hundred in his college.
    And, of course, as you probably have QTLS or the C&G qualification, you are not qualified to teach in a school.
    I am really sorry about this.
    Part of the problem may be the shortage of appropriate jobs to apply for. Another part may be that there are large numbers of applicants. And possibly your application, despite all your efforts, is not showing off all your skills and qualities.
    You could try printing off my advice from the Welcome thread and giving it, with a copy of your most recent application, to someone who will tell you honestly whether they think you are doing what I suggest. That might get you a few tips.
    Sorry that I can´t wave a magic wand. 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!
  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your position. If it's any consolation, I'm in a similar boat. I qualified in FE in June 2010 (Adult Literacy/English) and have been applying for jobs since then but nothing has come out of it so far.
    Fortunately, the college where I had my year long PGCE placement called me back in September 2010 as an Associate Lecturer (temporary fixed term contract) so at least I've been gaining relevant experience as a first year teacher. My contract ends next week and I will be facing the summer teaching employment gap that so many supply/associate lecturers go through. I recently discovered job seeking advice on tes and have been following it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for my first interview. I too would love to attend the seminars or get personalised advice, but I can't afford it.
    Theo, changes were made two months ago to allow QTLS teachers to teach in schools on the same level as QTS teachers. The Wolf Report was proposed to Michael Gove MP and he accepted it. Needless to say, I've been applying to schools too! It's disheartening, but my persistence will pay off some way, somehow.
  5. Hey Theo,
    I wasn't aware of the news until I stumbled on a few articles on tes. Further to this I checked on the ifl website and it was confirmed true! The ifl then sent me their latest newsletter in the post. See the pdf format below:

    This link is useful to all those who need up to date information on the proposal.



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