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Running out of hope!

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by KeeeleyC, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. KeeeleyC

    KeeeleyC New commenter

    Hi everyone!

    So I completed my NQT year in 18/19 in a tough school, I had a challenging class and was not well supported, resulting in me falling out of love with teaching. They decided that they would not be renewing my contract (not that I wanted to stay), but as a result my heart was not in it for the next few interviews I was attending. After not securing a job by September, I decided to try something else and became a nanny in Switzerland to 2 young children for 5 months. That role ended in March due to COVID 19 and since then any teaching jobs I have applied for I have not got any interviews. I applied for a role in a nursery but was not offered the job due to lack of experience.

    I absolutely love working with children and have a degree in education with a SEND specialism, but was wondering what other careers people have found?

  2. sparkleshine

    sparkleshine New commenter

    Have you considered supply? It depends what area you're in but sometimes there are long term positions in EYFS that would allow you to get some more experience. The pay isn't great but it can be a means to an end. That was how I got back into teaching after a difficult experience earlier in my career, similar to what happened to you.
  3. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    ...and if you are considering supply then I would refer you to the supply teaching forum where there are some nice and very experienced people.
    sparkleshine likes this.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Firstly, I feel for you in your situation.

    After all that effort into getting trained, doing your NQT year, getting jobs all over, you now can't. Seems really hard, I am so sorry.

    But I can give you some hope, I think. Firstly, I believe that when schools go back in September there may be vacancies. People who actually break their contracts and decide that they do not wish to teach in the New Normal school.

    Schools will be advertising for immediate starts, or at the very least for January starts. But my bet is also on immediate starts from what I am hearing teachers admit about how they feel.

    And secondly, one of the very best appointments I ever made was a NQT who was interviewed and appointed . . . on Results Day in August! We had a colleague become seriously ill, we needed somebody fast, and we were so lucky to get this NQT. So there is hope for you all.

    Now for some questions. They are really rhetorical, you know the answers, I don't need to be told them, you need to answer them to yourself and then act on them.

    Q1 How good is your application? Is it fulfilling its main aim: to show the school that you should be shortlisted and interviewed as the preferred candidate already, going into the interview with this big advantage?

    Q2 So how can you improve it?

    Q3 How good is your interview, is it fulfilling their expectation of you as the preferred candidate, allowing you to demonstrate why they need you, and making you the obvious choice?

    Q4 See Q2

    So, your applications may not be doing you justice, not showcasing effectively your strengths and skills, and what you have to offer a school. And then the interview (oh how we all hate interviews!) may not be helping you clinch that job either.

    Because above all, you need to show how what you have to offer fits EXACTLY with what the specific school is looking for, in your application and then in the interview. Each school is different, you can't have a One-Size-Fits-All application, you know.

    The easiest way to do this, of course, is to do a nice neat Executive Summary.

    Go to TES Resources, where I've put up a free template for an E.S. for you to download, to save you having to faff around with the formatting. There are some notes there for how to use it, but here it is even more briefly. In the LH column you put what the school is looking for, taken from their person specification. You'll have to prioritise, select the main things, condense it a little, of course. then in the RH you put in neat note form exactly how you meet their requirements. Simple as that!

    So that would be your starting point for an effective application. You would use E.S. this also as the starting point for your Mind Map for interview preparation, of course.

    For further support if you feel that you need it, I suggest that you have a look on Amazon for a book to download straight away to the free Kindle app on your phone, tablet or laptop, that will give you more tips and help with application writing, the support to just push that application into the Must-Have category. Search on Amazon for books called "Applying for a teaching job" or similar, there will be quite a few books to consider. Choose one that is not American (you're not applying for a job in Los Angeles!), and have a look at the reviews to select one that seems to be helpful.

    I bet also that like any well-brought-up Britisher, you are all slightly uncomfortable about blowing your own trumpet. :) But in a subtle way, that's what you need to do!

    You need to define what are your USPs - your unique selling points, what's so special about you that you can "sell" to the school. And how and when to use them, especially in the interview, is quite important. Because it is a selling job, you know, both in the application and the interview! But I'm sure that you'll find a book that will help you with all that, E.S., USP and all the rest!

    It is easy to feel despondent, but making sure you set up a Job Alert on TES Jobs, and on eteach, and following my advice above, may open the door to a future in teaching.

    Very best of luck to you.

    Twitter. @Theo_Griff

  5. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Established commenter

    Have you tried supply teaching to get back into ‘the swing of things’- this might be an option. That’s if you want a teaching role again.
    Have you also considered SEN Support roles? It will be a pay cut from what you received as a teacher but it all depends whether you value happiness over wealth.

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