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I have no confidence in my ability to get a paid job...

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by sherbetlemons, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. I am in the process of applying for a job as a TA. Since graduating with a 2:2 theology degree in 1998 I have done mainly voluntary work. I have loads of experience working with children in all kinds of settings from pre-school to key stage 1 and 2 BUT I have no real belief in my ability to get a paying job. I know that on paper I come across well and find it quite easy to write down my skills, experience and achievements but when it comes to interviews my brain goes all fuzzy and I find it incredibly difficult to present myself well. It doen't help that the job I have applied for is at my children's school. I am already dreading (where I already volunteer in different capacities) having to face teachers etc if I don't get the job... all this worrying and I don't even know if I've got an interview yet!
     
  2. I am in the process of applying for a job as a TA. Since graduating with a 2:2 theology degree in 1998 I have done mainly voluntary work. I have loads of experience working with children in all kinds of settings from pre-school to key stage 1 and 2 BUT I have no real belief in my ability to get a paying job. I know that on paper I come across well and find it quite easy to write down my skills, experience and achievements but when it comes to interviews my brain goes all fuzzy and I find it incredibly difficult to present myself well. It doen't help that the job I have applied for is at my children's school. I am already dreading (where I already volunteer in different capacities) having to face teachers etc if I don't get the job... all this worrying and I don't even know if I've got an interview yet!
     
  3. picsgirl

    picsgirl New commenter

    I sympathise with you. Last year I work as a temp TA in my childrens school where I had volunteered for a year previuously.
    I permanent 2 day TA vacancy came up - I applied and didn't get it (the person who was already volunteering in that class got it).
    My confidence was knocked, but the HT asked me work as a supply/relief TA . I've only a had 3 days work as a supply TA with that school and continue to volunteer.
    All the staff have been very welcoming - so don't worry about having to face anyone if you don't get the job as many of them have been in similar situations as some stage in their careers.
    Also - you have a good chance of getting it with all that experience.
    I'm also in the process of registering with agencies - that way you get the opportunity to work in schools but without the stress of interviews.
    Good luck.
     
  4. Ahh that must be really hard for you :eek:( BUT you are eminently qualified and also clearly show dedication and determination ( 2 things that you MUST have to be a damn good TA)!
    <h2>I think you must just go with the flow and take the what will be will be route</h2>I got my job 11 years ago by being a dedicated parent helper, and I still think that a lot is set by that...if you are willing to help out with no pay then I think it does look good on you.
    Also
    Believe in yourself..you are a parent and you love your kids, you have a degree and so have shown that you are a hard worker and have a great academic capacity.
    Go for it :eek:)
     
  5. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm not sure why one part of my remark was made in caps...promise that I wasn't shouting!
     
  6. Thanks for encouraging words. I have an interview tomorrow. Lots of positive thinking needed between now and then!
     
  7. HNY folks.. I got the job :)
     
  8. Frabjous day! Well done! [​IMG]
     
  9. picsgirl

    picsgirl New commenter

    Well done.
    Did you do anything differently for this interview - any tips will be appreciated.
     
  10. Well done! What an achievement, hope that has boosted your confidence! [​IMG]
     

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