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NQT seriously struggling to find job

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by lookingforinspiration, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. lookingforinspiration

    lookingforinspiration New commenter


    I qualified as a primary school teacher in Lincolnshire in July 2015. It is coming up to a year now and I am still yet to find my first teaching post.

    My interest, and degree specialism, is in the early years and that is where I want to teach. I've applied for teaching jobs, teaching assistant jobs, nursery leader and assistant roles. So far I have had one school interview that didn't go well and that is all.

    I'm looking every few days on the county vacancies site, have vistied every school/ nursery applied for and tailored each application accordingly. I gained a good degree and have had fantastic placements with good grades.

    However, after such a difficult and stressful year job hunting I'm beginning to lose hope. Am I doing something wrong? Have I chosen a bad area of the country for EYFS jobs? (Most I see are KS2 posts.)

    I'm at such a loss as what to do. I've begun looking into doing an Early Years PGCE, which qualifications wise is not necessary but I feel the extra year of training and more experience with younger years (0 - 3) may help boost my chances. I also have thought about supply work but have no idea where to start with that as it was never discussed at university. I don't drive but have a partner willing to drive me up to 30 mins away from home. Would that make supply work difficult?

    I'm sorry for the long post but I am one of the few people from my degree not in teaching and I have begun feeling humiliated by my failure to secure a post whilst they have almost completed their NQT year. Any support or advice would be greatly appreciated as I am rapidly losing confidence in my ability to teach!
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Frustrating for you! All that time spent on qualifying, and still no job.

    The first thing is not to worry about losing QTS

    I got QTS ages ago, but have never done my induction year. Can I still apply for jobs as a NQT?

    Wow! Will they accept you (and not make you pay fees) if you already have QTS? I have no idea of the answer to that question, but it was my first thought.

    If there are no jobs to apply for, an extra qualification may not be much help. Have you used these:

    Get the TES Jobs App

    How to set up a Job Alert

    Also keep looking on the Local Authority websites, and the individual schools near you.

    Read the advice here:

    Pre-application visits to schools

    Based on the applications advice articles that I've written?

    Did you use my interview advice articles?

    Google Teacher Supply Agencies (name of your town).

    Very difficult indeed. My advice would be to start learning to drive while you have all this spare time. It would be useful for a permanent post too, not just supply.

    Do tag me @TheoGriff if you haven't found the advice articles. Here are a few examples:

    Get ready for the application season!

    NQTs start here!

    How to get shortlisted for a teaching job

    Best wishes


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