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NQT help....

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by david_j_dearlove, May 30, 2019.

  1. david_j_dearlove

    david_j_dearlove New commenter

    Hi guys!

    So I'm about to qualify with a PGCE FE.
    My specialism (subject) is Film and Media

    I've been applying for jobs for around a month and a half, maybe two months now and I don't seem to be getting anything back.
    I landed an interview in Leeds - however upon looking up travelling up there and staying in a hotel - It was going to cost me upwards of 300,
    I'm losing a lot of confidence in myself. I spend at least three or four hours per application, ensuring I look at the college/sixth form I am applying to. I make sure that the role is suitable for an NQT, for my skill set and research about the establishment (Previous Ofsted reports, look at the website etc) - The point being is that I don't just rush through my applications.

    Can you give any advice at all to job hunting or applying for jobs? I've got job alerts from this website obviously, the government website and FEJOBS. I apply for those which are appropriate

    Getting rather scared now.
  2. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter


    Reality is mate that you are doing it all right. But.... you working in a subject area that is niche, where there won’t be many jobs and those that are available will be competitive.

    My advice would be keep on going, but you have to have a fall back option.....
  3. david_j_dearlove

    david_j_dearlove New commenter

    Thank you for this!

    Teaching was my fallback option. Working in the film industry wasn't all what I had cracked it up to be and I really, really wanted to teach.
  4. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    I'm really sorry to read your post. I echo what @DYNAMO67 has written.

    Jobs are sparse in your area, sadly - FE colleges are cutting jobs and also closing - as for Secondary schools, I've only worked in one where there was an actual Media and Film Department - most schools tend to parcel out Media studies to English or Drama specialists. Then there's also the rise of Ebacc, which means some schools do not offer media at all. Which considering the current cultural climate, I think Media studies is vital, but I do not make budgetary decisions.

    You may have to consider re-locating or moving. The only alternative is that you sign up to agencies and see if they can offer you work.

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