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Moving into teaching

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by thinkingofteaching82, Aug 27, 2020.

  1. Hi

    I am thinking of making a job change and going into teaching after 15 years of working in industry. The last 3 years my jobs haven't been too successful. Just wondering how this employment might impact my ability to get a job after training? Wondering how references etc would impact. I can get good references from lots of other jobs that I have done. I would also like to do in school/salaried training which needs a reference from an employer.

  2. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Have you been in a school lately? Do you know what the job entails these days? If not try to arrange some observation and visits to local schools. Watch the children in the class room and talk to the teachers about their take on the job. Perhaps less than half of your working time will be spent teaching after the marking, planning, meetings, paperwork, reports etc. Just make sure you know what you're letting yourself in for before you commit yourself. As regards your ability to get a job, in some schools that simply boils down to which applicant will accept the lowest pay and others will be desperate to get a body in front of a class especially in the shortage subjects.
    agathamorse likes this.
  3. mflmflmfl

    mflmflmfl New commenter

    It's great that you're interested. The recent experience shouldn't rule you out - just do plenty of reflection and research, as it's a life changer.
    Think what it was that wasn't working in your recent roles and what skills,qualities you would have liked more opportunities to use.
    Are you keen to work with a particular age range?
    Do you have an obvious specialist subject?
    Although things aren't normal at the moment, it would still be worth organising school visits if you can - bearing in mind you'll get knocked back more than would usually be the case with current restrictions.
    Good luck.
    agathamorse likes this.
  4. celago22

    celago22 Established commenter

    Well you can't hide anything so you'll have to put your most recent employer down as a referee.

    Your references for an actual NQT job will come from the university & your most recent mentor(s)/headteacher.

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