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Dear Theo

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by rugby_gal06, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. I qualified in June last year, which I know isn't that long ago compared to some of the job seekers on these forums. I am still to secure a primary NQT post and have only managed to do 8 days of supply teaching since September. I've even been asked by my agencies if I will consider CS and TA work, which I have turned down on principle and because it will limit the amount of teaching experience I have to support job applications. I have also tried to gain some voluntary experience in schools, listening to readers etc, but none of the schools I have contacted - even though they advertise for help, have got back to me. I have tried getting involved in guiding and mentoring projects, but it has still not amounted to anything.
    I had a plan, which was to go back to the summer job that I did last year, which would be starting in March, however due to cuts, this job is now not available. At least this would have provided me with some income alongside supply teaching. I'm now in the process of finding another job due to having next to no money in my bank account, however, this probably won't be in education.
    Do I give up on the dream of teaching to pursue another career or struggle on through in the hope that a job will come up to start in September?
     
  2. I qualified in June last year, which I know isn't that long ago compared to some of the job seekers on these forums. I am still to secure a primary NQT post and have only managed to do 8 days of supply teaching since September. I've even been asked by my agencies if I will consider CS and TA work, which I have turned down on principle and because it will limit the amount of teaching experience I have to support job applications. I have also tried to gain some voluntary experience in schools, listening to readers etc, but none of the schools I have contacted - even though they advertise for help, have got back to me. I have tried getting involved in guiding and mentoring projects, but it has still not amounted to anything.
    I had a plan, which was to go back to the summer job that I did last year, which would be starting in March, however due to cuts, this job is now not available. At least this would have provided me with some income alongside supply teaching. I'm now in the process of finding another job due to having next to no money in my bank account, however, this probably won't be in education.
    Do I give up on the dream of teaching to pursue another career or struggle on through in the hope that a job will come up to start in September?
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Oh dear! This is a sad story, and even sadder, it is a common story.
    I cannot tell you what to do, this is a decision that you must make yourself.
    All I can do is give advice for possibly getting that teaching job.
    1) Ensure you know about all the possible jobs. Do JobAlerts on TES to get early info on jobs advertised here. Look on Local Authority websites (especially in London). Don't ignore independent schools - they can usually do NQT induction - check out the Independent Forum Welcome Thread for more info.
    2) Keep in touch with schools. Doing TA and CS work may go against your principles, but you can say in an application how you benefitted from it, from seeing teachers in action, etc. And you are in a school.
    3) Ensure that you get and follow the best possible advice on writing your application. Free advice here in the clickables in the Welcome thread had helped loads of posters to get jobs. Check out all the tips there, and consider coaching sessions, this is expensive when on a one a one-to-one basis, but might be a worthwhile investment - see details below.
    4) Make sure you keep up to date with what's happening in schools, as the next cohort of NQTs will be strating job seeking any time now.
    Best of luck.
    ____________________________________________________________
    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 https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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