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Placement Experience affecting Job Hunt

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by rmd3007, May 14, 2012.

  1. I am in my final placement in Year 2 and due to qualify in July 2012. I am really enjoying Year 2 which is very different after my 10 week first placement in a nursery. I am an Early Years specialist and cannot complain that my first placement was not in the early years range (3-7) but I am finding it difficult to get a Reception Teacher's job because my initial placement wasn't in a reception class. There isn't very much I can do about it now, only a handful out of 25 early years students were sent to nurseries, whilst the rest went to reception so I do feel resentful, but my knowledge of the EYFS is excellent.

    I also feel it unlikely that an NQT would be placed in a Year 2 class because of SATs so all in all my placements have not been especially helpful in getting a job.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    People do manage to get jobs in year groups that they haven't taught on TP. I think that the secret is to make it really clear what your skills are, and how they are transferable.
    I would also say: are you sure that you will only accept a post in Reception? Why? Especially since you have no experience of it, you don't know that you will like it . . .
    The most important thing for you is actually getting your induction year completed. To do this, you need a job. Jobs are hard to get.
    My advice? You need to be windening your applications, not just limiting them to Reception.
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
  3. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    We are currently recruiting for a KS1 teacher, ideally an NQT, who will be in year 2. Don't rule yourself out at all.
  4. Thank you for your advice, much appreciated. I am applying for jobs in KS1 as well as Reception, I suppose I just thought at this point I would stand more chance of getting a job as a Reception Teacher as I've only done 3 weeks in my Year 2 placement. There's also issues around how many days out of school the University allow us to take, we are given 94 but we have to do 90 to attain QTS. I've had two days out already, have another interview in a week or so for a pool job and that only leaves one more day before I hit the 90. It's a good job I am healthy as I'll have no days available to be ill. I always like to visit a school before I apply but now I'm faced with being unable to do that because of the constraints. Although I didn't get the job today, the school did want to add me to their supply list so it wasn't all doom and gloom. Many thanks for the help again.
  5. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Our trainees don't have to count interviews as a day off. Visits yes, but not interviews. Check your rules.

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