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I am QTS since July 2010.... I don't see getting my first teaching job any time soon.

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by RandaM, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. Hi,

    I am a qualified French teacher without a job. I was going to say 'newly qualified' but I finished my PGCE in July 2010. I had three interviews since I qualified. I did not manage to secure a job. I did some supply work, on a day-to-day basis, but with the budget cuts I got less and less work. I had to take a job as bar staff to pay the bills.
    My teaching practice seems so far away now, I had an interview last week for a teaching job and I didn't get it. I was not confident enough, not in the classroom, it felt so weird to be back in a classroom after so long, nor during the interview. I don't know what to do. Is there any refresher courses? What are my options? How does it work if I want to apply for a position in a private school? Should I apply for jobs as an unqualified teacher or T.A?
    I am stuck in this vicious circle I have no experience, no experience, no job, no job, no NQT year.... am I going to be bar staff for the rest of my life?
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Awful, just awful for you.
    No, you are not eligible for anything.
    No problem.
    Go to the Independent Forum and read the Welcome thread there to get some ideas of the set-up.
    Read this:
    Yes you can do your Induction Year in an Independent School
    TA job offered? Take it! Advice from a Head...
    You also need to consider what you are doing overall for job hunting, to get the best possible chance.
    Have you been reading all the advice? I'll give an outline below:
    My advice on writing applications is contained mainly in the shortlisting clickables inside the welcome thread here on this Forum. Also read the FAQs.
    For an effective application, you should send:
    • an application form with every bit filled in, no "See letter"
    • an application letter OR personal statement. Not both but certainly one of them.
    • a cover letter ONLY if you do a personal statement. See FAQs inside the Welcome thread
    • an Executive summary. If there's a space on the form, put it in there; if not, put it at the end of your letter so that it gets printed out automatically. The shortlisting clickables explain about this.
    As a summary of the steps to take in getting a job:
    Point 1 Are you getting notification of all possible jobs? Do several JobAlerts here on the TES Forum, for all your subjects, and then repeat them all for the independent schools. * * * * How to set up a Job Alert * * * * is at the top of the page
    Point 2 Are you following the advice in the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread?
    Lots of posters have found it gets them interviews - and jobs. Headteachers say that they appreciate candidates who do what I advise.
    Please take Theo's advice!
    taking Theo's Advice
    The benefit of an executive summary
    read theo's advice and do the executive summary people, it really does work, seriously!!!!
    Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview
    Point 3 Have you tried doing an interview practice with someone who will give you blunt feedback? You'll need to get ready for when you do get an interview. You might, for example, being doing something quite simple, like screwing up your face in a glare when you are conisdering an answer, which can be very off-putting. And which a school is unlikely to tell you about.
    Point 4 And then, if all has failed because you are already doing all this, then you should be thinking of getting on a train or a coach to come to the application seminars: the next one of Winning That Teaching Job is quite soon: Saturday 25 February, it will be led by me. ThIt is just before the February 29 resignation date, so you are all fresh for any new jobs that come up then.
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters
    Dear Theo.....I got the job!!!!!
    Course, the thought of meeting me might be a big No-No!
    There is interview training too in the afternoon that day:
    Point 6 Finally, you might like to open your piggy bank and come for a One-to-One session with me or someone else from the team. Again, people have found this helpful:
    Sign upto one of Theo's 1-2-1s....... JUST DO IT
    Dear Everyone... I met TheoGriff!
    Theo and tremendous support
    Theo's 'One to One' careers service....
    Now the last two cost money, and although it is worth it , it always makes sense to try out the free advice first!
    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 Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    I shall be doing the Win That Teaching Job seminar on Saturday February 25th
  3. Dear Theo,

    Thank you for your message and support. I have been looking for T.A jobs for a while and I didn't manage to get a job. Most of the jobs advertised request SEN experience, which I do not have. Should I do a Level 3 T.A course? I am even trying to get a job as an admin/receptionist in schools but nothing yet either. I have read the links about writing an application letter and I have improved mine so hopefully this will help. There is just no jobs as a French teacher, they always need Spanish or German up to GCSE to go with Fench, I can do German at KS3 and Spanish Year 7 but that's it and it is not enough. Also, I am geographically limited and I do not have a car so I cannnot travel far. I am stuck. I keep on reading those 'i got the job' messages and I thought I would post a depressing comment to balance it out!


  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Firstly RandaM,
    Congratulations on getting that bar job! [​IMG] We celebrate any success, large or small, here on this forum!
    If you read back through many of the posts here and on Unemployed and Supply forums, we are well aware of the difficulties and don't need
    At least some income coming in, means one less worry in these tough times (some on here were looking at losing their homes ) and may help provide a more positive frame of mind when completing those all important applications.
    As a fellow mfler (well initially, haven't done Sec. for many years) I would have thought your best bet would be to improve your skills in German and Spanish, if that's what you need in the schools in your area.
    Many TA jobs do require knowledge of SEN practices, have you considered applying for a CS post? these usually require less in the way of specialist knowledge. Yes, I know many others will think this a retrograde step 'beyond the pale', but if it provides some recent experience in schools which could lead to a job, it may be worth considering.
    Just some random thoughts mind you.
  5. Hi Lara!

    Thank you for your message and support! I know life is too short to be miserable,I am just worried about my future.... Is CS Cover supervisor? I am registered with some agencies but they can't even get me work as a CS, last time i worked in a school was in June... a long time ago. I am not giving up i just need some help/ advice/ cheering up!

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