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History NQT? with a 2(ii)

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by SitaraPGCE, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Last year I graduated from a University with a lower seconds degree. Despite being 0.1 percent off a 2(i) I did not achieve this. I was very ill during my degree and even some of my teachers have appluaded that I did not intercalate. However, I was wondering, because my academic grade is so low, will this hinder me in the job market? If so, how can I counteract this? I am partaking in extra curricular activities in my current PGCE placement and learn well from other teachers and staff. I learn from my mistakes and impliment changes into the lesson. I am no longer ill but I do feel this shadow of a 2(ii) is hanging over me slightly.
     
  2. Last year I graduated from a University with a lower seconds degree. Despite being 0.1 percent off a 2(i) I did not achieve this. I was very ill during my degree and even some of my teachers have appluaded that I did not intercalate. However, I was wondering, because my academic grade is so low, will this hinder me in the job market? If so, how can I counteract this? I am partaking in extra curricular activities in my current PGCE placement and learn well from other teachers and staff. I learn from my mistakes and impliment changes into the lesson. I am no longer ill but I do feel this shadow of a 2(ii) is hanging over me slightly.
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Unless you're applying to a high- attaining,prestigious school or an Independant school, your degree qualification shouldn't hamper your job opportunites.
    I've worked with 'highly qualified' colleagues, who just couldn't put it over to the children & teachers with 'moderate' qualifications who were brilliant in the classroom.
     
  4. David Getling

    David Getling Senior commenter

    Also, the class of degree one gets isn't always a good indicator of ability. There are two major variables here. Firstly, the modules a university offers can vary vastly in difficulty, but contribute equally to one's final grade. Secondly, some students work a lot harder than others, but this attitude to work often changes as they get older. So, the guy with a lower second, who spent every night down the bar, might well be a lot better than the guy with the first, who spent every waking hour outside lectures swatting.

    Unfortunately, most recruiters are lazy and just want to see the right boxes ticked.
     
  5. tp567

    tp567 New commenter

    i have not had difficulties getting jobs with a 2.2... if anyone asks, I just say i did the best i could with two under 5 year olds at home during my degree! don't worry!
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    The degree class usually doesn't matter. What matters is being a good teacher, and most of all, presenting yourself as effectively as possible in your application - you may be in competition for 100 other applicants. You can be the world's best teacher, but if you don't show your qualities in your application, it won't get you anywhere.
    Make sure that you read and implement the advice in the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread. 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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