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Losing All Confidence

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by scottypash, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. I'm a trainee secondary school music teacher a few days from completing what has been a very difficult PGCE year.
    My university has awarded me an outstanding grade for my efforts this year, which I am delighted about.

    But for some reason I am really struggling to get a job. To the point where I feel like getting a job as a teacher is dwindling away. I have a mortgage and a young child so I am not in a position to be unemployed for very long. I have applied to every job that has come up within an hour of where I live, part or full time. I am yet to have an interview.

    The closest I got was being invited to an interview, to then be told that the vacancy had been withdrawn the day before.

    I am seriously worried that I'm going to have to go back to the jobs I had before going in to teaching. I'm worried that the whole year is going to become a waste.

    I've been told that supply is my best option, but whenever I research the possibility, all I get is horror stories about how supply teachers don't earn very much money, and are often mistreated. I have to ensure I can pay my mortgage!

    I don't know what to do next, or even where I'm going wrong. I haven't even had anything from the cover supervisor or TA jobs I have been applying for.

    Has anyone got any advice?
  2. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Supply can be a double edged sword. You have to give it a try to see if its for you. There are just as many happy tales as horror stories.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    If you have a mortgage and bills to pay I agree supply is really not a viable option. Doing tutoring and music lessons whilst using a 'humdrum' job to pay the bills may in fact be better in the short term.

    If you've been applying 'to every job that has come up within an hour of where I live, part or full time.' may be part of your reason for not getting to interview. You need to consider how good a match' you are for any job advertised. Taking the time to 'wean out' ones you are not such a good fit for may enable you to do more research on those you are and therefore address why you are the 'ideal candidate' in your application.

    Remember jobs may still be advertised for a while yet and jobs can even come up right until Sept. particularly for NQTs.
    IndianaJ97 and agathamorse like this.
  4. IndianaJ97

    IndianaJ97 New commenter

    Don't give up! It is very hard (soul destroying at times) but you'll get there in the end.

    I second what Lara mfl 05 says - tailor the application to fit the specific school. :)
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  5. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Have you received any guidance as part of your PGCE course on applying for jobs/filling in application forms/personal statements/interview advice? Have you asked someone whose advice you trust to look at your application before you send it off? If you are applying for secondary Music teacher posts and not getting to the interview stage then maybe a careful look at your application form answers and how you might be coming across to a potential employer would help? Have you encountered a Head of Music during any of your teaching practices who would be willing to give you some guidance?
  6. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    OK the big issue is that there are fewer music posts than there used to be. Blame the curriculum, funding and the push to E Bac subjects. It depends upon the area you are looking in and the number and character of the schools. You need to look for schools with Performing Arts/Music specialisms and/or schools that have a strong Music Department.
    I have only seen a couple of adverts for Music posts in my borough this year and one of those was for a Head of Department.

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