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Re-building my career after children.

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by MegsMog, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. MegsMog

    MegsMog New commenter

    Having raised my two children for the last 9 years, I am now ready to re-build my career in Education, and I'm hoping for some advice.

    I qualified in 2005 and worked as a Supply Teacher for 2 years, whilst applying for jobs and having interviews. I did not start my induction, as I went on to have my first child. I did however work as a Private Tutor whilst raising the children, and in the local Pre-School for a short time. I never stopped dreaming of having my own class!

    I have now arranged with the local school to undertake some voluntary work in the Reception class, to update my knowledge. I am hoping that by spending the Summer term doing this, that I can eventually apply for a job, which may even be a support role.

    If anyone could advise on any particular areas that I should focus on whilst in school, this would be most helpful. I am aware there have been many changes in this time. My reading up and knowledge of the Curriculum is rather woolly without seeing things in practice.

    Thank you.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Hullo and welcome to our forum!

    I see that you haven't yet started induction. I am not quite sure here what the situation is, as you did Supply previously. Do read this:

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

    Doing the voluntary work is excellent, but I'm going to give you two bits of advice here.

    1. Make sure that you treat it as though you were contracted and paid. By this i mean, be very good at timekeeping, and don't take the odd day off because it is convenient. Move other things instead of cancelling the school

    2. Buy a big fat exercise book and start a Learning Diary. In it, every day, write down things that you have noticed and learnt that day at school. This will be an encouragement to observe, contemplate, and really think hard about what you do, what other people do. This experience can be 100% CPD, so make the most of it! And when you come to apply for a post, make sure that you mention it both in your application and at interview.

    As for the last part of your post - why don't you ask them on Early Years forum? they are the ones to give you the specialist advice here!

    Come back to the Jobseekers forum when you are ready to start applying, as there is loads of advice available in the Professional Advice Hub on applications and interviews.

    Best wishes

  3. MegsMog

    MegsMog New commenter

    Thank you TheoGriff.

    Reading your advice, I believe I am on the right track! I intend to treat this as an opportunity for a great reference and potential employment in the future.

    I have exhausted my time doing supply work, and building confidence will be essential for me before taking on any responsibility.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    (The missing thumbs-up emoticon)

    Best wishes

  5. kodachrome

    kodachrome New commenter

    Hello. I took 3 years out for children and was really worried that I would be out of the loop, you will catch up far sooner than you think. Enjoy your time volunteering but don't leave it too long to start applying. Go for it.
    Best wishes.
  6. MegsMog

    MegsMog New commenter

    Hi there.

    Thank you, and yes, having completed my first week of volunteering, I'm realising how I am very quickly getting back in the know!

    The teacher is wonderful and has managed to devote some time explaining how everything works, amongst the busy daily routine. I am trying to note down as much as possible in my journal!

    I am currently browsing jobs and considering the role that would be suitable for me in the future. I am not confident enough to apply at the moment without having lots of recent experience, and of course most posts do require this.

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