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Possibly leaving the teaching profession?

Discussion in 'Social sciences' started by anon3767, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. Evening all,

    I am a trained Social Science teacher. I did my PGCE, then a year maternity contract and completed my NQT. Last year I did supply. Since May I've been working at a school part-time.

    My school told me recently that they have to reduce my timetable after Easter to only 1 day a week so I decided to hand in my notice - there's no way that I could financially afford to work on 1 day a week and try and get a job for the other days.

    Ideally I would like to do something completely different from being a teacher. I previously worked in Road Safety for the local council. I've applied for quite a number of jobs over the past months where I was certain I would get an interview at least but to no avail. I'm wondering what I can do to polish my CV? I'm free on Thursdays and Fridays (supposed to be available for supply but haven't been called since May!). Does anyone think volunteering would be a good idea? Where would I start?

    Unfortunately a lot of graduate schemes that I would love to apply for ask for a 2:1 - I (annoyingly) got a 2:2 with 58.5% so only 1.5% from a 2:1. So I am very restricted in what I can actually apply for.

    I'm concerned that some of the jobs I've applied for I haven't even got an interview. Not to sound like a snob, but even for ones where the pay is less than the lowest MPS I haven't got an interview. My concern is that they will see I've dedicated over 3 years to teaching and I'm worried I may have 'pigeon-holed' myself.

    Does anyone think doing a course would benefit me? Like an OU Business Management course? Any advice or solutions would be much appreciated. I don't even know where to begin!
     
  2. Hi,

    Thank you very much for your response. Maybe I should show someone else my application forms. One feedback recently said the same about my temporary jobs - quite disappointing really because, had I not taken on those roles, I would have been unemployed for the last few years which would look even worse on my CV - swings and roundabouts really :O(

    I am interested in PM'ing you for the graduate schemes - thank you.

    I'm in the East Midlands - I know unemployment is one of the worst levels in the country here.

    PS x
     

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