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New Careers peer advisor to help answer your queries

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by TES_Rosaline, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Hello everyone,

    I’m pleased to announce that a new Careers peer advisor will be available to offer information and support to help members, who are looking for advice, take the next necessary steps to progress in their career.

    I’m pleased to introduce Bukky Yusuf who will be joining the TES Community as the Careers peer advisor this week.

    Bukky will also be available to respond to queries specifically relating to getting a new job in the Jobseekers forum.

    Bukky Yusuf is a secondary science consultant and qualified coach. In her most recent school leadership role, she led the NQT / ITT development programme and IT to enhance teaching and learning. She has spent over a decade in London schools, teaching science, A-level chemistry and Level 3 BTEC. Bukky is also a London Regional Leader for WomenEd and is registered as a leadership coach as part of a pilot run by the Department for Education.

    Bukky has presented at various conferences including Bett, PedagooHampshire and WomenEd. She supports the development of educators at all levels and promotes initiatives to help colleagues maintain their well-being.

    Bukky shares these key messages through a number of social media platforms. She is a prolific member of the Twitter community (@rondelle10_b).

    Bukky said: "It is a great honour to support the TES career advice and jobs forums. I look forward to extending the discussions for new and experienced educators. I also aim to facilitate the variety of career choices for colleagues through informed and honest online conversations."

    Bukky will take over from Emma Kell who responded to members' queries over the summer. I hope you will join me in welcoming Bukky to the forums and wishing Emma all the best in her new job.

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  2. mammy2

    mammy2 New commenter

    Hi Bukky,

    I am a qualified experienced teacher of ICT & Business teaching 11-18 year old students. However, due to family illnesses, I had to leave my post in March 2016 and have not been working since. I would love to work with adults and over 55s, teaching them how to use a PC and the internet but I do not know if I would need a different qualification in order to teach mature students. I would be very grateful if you could advise where I could find out the relevant information needed please.
    Thank you.
  3. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi Mammy2,

    As you already have QTS, you won't necessarily need additional formal teaching qualifications as relevant training can be provided in house.

    On further research I came across this link which may provide you with more information: http://www.exploreadultlearning.co.uk/teaching-adults-career.html

    I would also suggest contacting Lifelong Learning UK (www.lifelonglearninguk.org 0207 936 5798) to get clarity about whether what you aim to do comes under teaching ICT or teaching Basic Skills (this will determine whether or not you will actually need further qualifications).
  4. saviottiivan

    saviottiivan New commenter

    Hello Bukky. I have extensive experience of more than 10 years in the probabation sector in the UK, also have experience as a youth/adult offenders counsellor. I have a masters degree in counseling. Headed a school for few years once, also have a counselling licence. What are my chances to get a school counselling job in the UAE or Asia. I currently live in the UK. Can I send my CV to you for a review? Your request will be much appreciated Thanks.
  5. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hello saviottiivan,

    In my opinion, the experience and qualifications you outlined make you suitable for the role you are looking for.

    The key question is to how many jobs are available in the field you have specialised in. Below is an example of school counsellor roles:

    I can review your CV to see how much of your counselling experience stands out.
  6. saviottiivan

    saviottiivan New commenter

    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 3, 2016
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  7. saviottiivan

    saviottiivan New commenter

    Good day Ma'am. Hoping to get a response. Thanks.
  8. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi there.

    Apologies for my delayed response and feedback.

    You obviously have a lot of experience in probation and through the various roles that you have done. You will need to reduce the CV to a maximum of 2 pages. Please see the enclosed images as suggestions of how you could do lay this information out.

    If you want to apply for the school counsellor roles, you will also need to make the counselling experiences within your prior roles stand out more.

    In the education section, you need to say which GCSEs and A levels you actually got with their grades.

    Questions for you:
    Have you ever worked with school aged children, even on a voluntary basis?
    Which would be the most essential skills to highlight from each of the jobs that you have done?
    What were the key impact of each role? How do they link to counselling? Curriculum-Vitae-Cover-Letter-Example-with-Work-Experience.jpg cv_12.png Curriculum-Vitae-Cover-Letter-Example-with-Work-Experience.jpg cv_12.png
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  9. rupi_phull

    rupi_phull New commenter

    Hello Bukky,

    I hope you are well. I came across this thread whilst in search for a career change.

    I have a Business management degree specialising in marketing. Over the last 10 years I have worked through retail, customer services, HR recruitment, PMO project management and L&D.

    I used to work full time, but after having my daughter last year I went part time.
    I work via an agency and yesterday was my last day on a project.

    I however am seeking to go into a role at school,college,education. I am particularly interested in careers/employment as I enjoy helping others.

    I would love some guidance on how to go about this, as for now I would like the balance of working and looking after my child, esp getting holidays (or some time of) when children are off is great.

    Please could you advise me on how I can upskill myself to get a non-teacher role in the education sector.

    Many thanks in advance,

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  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    An unusual CV for someone looking for teaching roles with mature students PC skills, I must say! Most unusual.

    Seems to be somewhat US-centric. And it's not a REAL one, is it? You know. Proper PERSONAL information? I do hope not. Can we not do something a little better than this? I'll look for some links.
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  11. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi Rupi,

    It is great to hear that you want to work within the education sector.

    Many of the schools that are local to me do not have anyone providing careers / employment support on a full time basis. Would part time options work for you?

    You could pursue voluntary work for organisations such as NCW (they are looking for ambassadors as part of their natiinal careers week event 6th - 10th March 2017). Details here:


    CSV (Community Service Volunteers) now called Volunteering Matters is an organisation that could help provide you with careers support to students in schools. I have had positive experiences with them when I did in school voluntary support with them many years ago.

    Lastly I suggest, without being ironic, that you contact the National Careers Service for further advice.
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  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I would certainly hesitate to adopt the CV of someone who can't even spell 'Curriculum' correctly.

    I haven't checked it for other errors as life is too short. Ahem.
  13. misssunshine74

    misssunshine74 New commenter

    Hi Bukky,

    Hope you are well. Just wanted to ask your advice, I am currently on long term supply in a primary school. I am an experienced teacher. There's too much pressure on me to meet everything the school wants me to do. I plan to leave at Christmas it is a maternity cover not sure when the teacher will return but I've had enough of the workload. Not sure I want to teach anymore. Everywhere is the same.
    However, I would like to work in schools in a different capacity such as a pastoral manger. Any advice how I could get into this type of role?
    I have also considered working for Barnadoes, any advice on how I could get into this role?
    Thank you.
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  14. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi misssunshine74,

    I am well thanks.

    OK, to help with the suggestions you would like me to make could you explain more about the pastoral manager role you are interested in. What does this role entail?

    Also, how would you specifically like to work for Barnardo's? Are there particular skills that you would like to utilise in this organisation or are you asking in a generical sense to get an idea of possible options?
  15. rupi_phull

    rupi_phull New commenter


    Hi Bukky,

    Thank you so much for getting back in touch with some great advise.

    Yes part time is what I am looking for.

    I shall definitely go onto the link and look into NCW and CSV too.

    I shall certainly make use of the national careers service too.

    Thank you so much again for your response.

    All the very best,

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  16. hatice_gonuleri

    hatice_gonuleri New commenter

    Hello Bukky,

    I a Primary School Teacher from Germany and I am living in London since June 2016. I moved to London because I married my husband, who is living here in London.

    When I first arrived, I tried to get some Information about the UK education system and about what I need to do, to be able to work here. After a short journey we found out, that I have to apply for the QTS. My husband helped me a lot to get all the Information, even though his profession is in a different branch than mine and he does't know anything about the education branch.

    I received my QTS in October and I am now allowed to teach any age range and any subjects. My personal experience (I worked seven years as a classroomteacher in German state Schools Primary/Kindergarten) is based on the Early Years Stage and Key Stage 1. I have also studied Early Childhood Education in Germany and I am a Childpedagogue and a State Approved Teacher as well.

    After struggling with several agencies and without getting any step further I am really confused now.
    I have got a lot of questions but I have nobody working in a School or in the education sector in my social environment who I could ask all these questions.

    How can I find work? Is every school using agencies to find teachers for their classes? Isn't there a different way? Because as I said- the agencies didn't do anything than collection a lot of privat information about me.

    How does it work here in the UK or in London?

    I am an experienced teacher and I really miss working with children. To be a teacher is a profession that I have choosen conciously for me, because it makes me really happy and I love all the challenges and I am missing it so much.

    I would be greatly happy if you can help me.

    And if there is someone else who would like to contact me to have a little Chat and who is keen to answer some questions of mine, please do not hesitate to write my a PM.

    Thanks in advance...

    ..and sorry for the long text.
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  17. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi hatice_gonuleri,

    Not every school uses agencies to find teachers.

    Are you applying for job applications within schools or have you only signed up through agencies? Have you contacted any schools directly to see whether there were teaching opportunities?

    Would you consider doing some voluntary work as an opportunity to get some school experience within the UK?

    Which particular year groups are you looking to teach?
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  18. hatice_gonuleri

    hatice_gonuleri New commenter

    Hello Bukky,

    At first, thank you very much for your response.
    I only signed up trough agencies but now I will start to apply for jobs within schools.

    I have never thought about doing some voluntary work. And here again, I do not know how to apply for it or where I could find volunteering roles.

    I am looking for roles as a reception class teacher or a year 1 teacher, because this is the age range where I have a lot of experience gained in Germany. I had my own class for seven years in a state school. I am not sure if volunteering would be the right step. Regarding to getting an insight in the UK education system it would be helpful, but I do not know if this would look good in my CV and what the reactions would be like, when I apply after volunteering time for a classroom teacher role?
  19. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi Hatice,

    Voluntary work can be included in your CV by sharing the skills / experiences you have gained to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum, assessments and effective teaching strategies.

    I have also replied to your other questions / points in our conversation.
  20. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

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