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Dera Theo - what can I do to make myself more employable

Discussion in 'Independent' started by Number12, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo (and anyone else that can help!)
    I am a former professional rugby player who wants to move into teaching.
    Many moons ago, I turned down the opportunity to study for a PGCE in biology to follow my rugby career. Having retired a few years ago, I 'm now wanting to become a teacher in the Independent sector.
    I see myself offering science at Prep School level and/or games/rugby at all levels and have applied for various roles. In every application, I appear to have come "a very close second". Feedback has been that I interviewed very well and showed great potential, but potential lost out to experience, as I had little/minimal knowledge of the education system.
    I still fully believe that, being highly qualified as a coach and gaining coaching experience with all age groups, I will be a very good teacher, but I'm not sure what I can do to get over this hurdle of lack of experience in a school.
    Ideally, I would resign my current job and get myself a teaching qualification. Unfortunately, with a family to provide for and no promise of a suitable job on qualification, this is not a risk I feel I can take.
    Are there any courses that I can take part time/online that would leave me in a better position to be successful in any future aplications?
    Many thanks,
    Apologies if this question has been discussed elsewhere!
  2. v12


    If I were you, I'd be looking to go in as a rugby coach who can offer some science teaching.
    Prep Schools (like mine, for instance) employ specialist coaches for all sports - rugby, tennis, hockey, swimming and cricket - and they are all ex-players.
    Send those letters out to all your local schools - they might just have an opening that wouldn't otherwise be advertised.
    And, incidentally, don't be afraid to name-drop and make the most of your past experience as a pro.

    Good Luck!
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well . . .
    That is clearly the issue here. To be an effective teacher, training and/or experience really is required.
    Some schools do take on teachers with no training or experience.
    There is the government-funded GTP programme, for example. I assume that you are a graduate fromwhat you say above, so you could investigate that. This is probably your best bet, as you would be earning a salary while training.
    There are also some indy schools who take on teachers with noi training or experience :L http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6035664
    This is not always an easy route: read this story:
    I would suggest that yoiu investigate throughly the GTP. You can try it, and if you get a place, THEN you resign your current job. This protects your income.
    Best wishes
    Best of luck!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
  4. ....and use correct punctuation!

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