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Should I quit PGCE now?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by sweetnsuga, Mar 13, 2020.

  1. sweetnsuga

    sweetnsuga New commenter

    I have gone for two jobs now one of them being my placement school. My lessons and interview all go really well they said in my interview today 'excellent answer' when I answered things and they were smiling a lot and engaged. Then I didn't get it and they said I couldn't have done any more I have been excellent everything was great but the other person had more to offer. They have given me really positive signs each time.

    I've been told twice now that I'm an amazing teacher, my interview was great and I couldn't have done anymore and then I still don't end up getting it even when it's my placement school.

    I'm going to have to go back in on Monday now and face everyone and I think I should just quit I don't want to go through interview processes again and feel really demoralised and upset.
  2. dragonslayer33000

    dragonslayer33000 New commenter

    Don't be feel upset. It was meant to be. Be glad that they liked you. But there are so many schools out there that would take you. Dust yourself up and start applying. Remember your dream school is out there somewhere but you wont get it if you feel sorry for yourself all the time
    agathamorse likes this.
  3. greasychipbuttie

    greasychipbuttie New commenter

    Definitely not. Well done getting an interview, that's the achievement. It didn't work out but I think one thing im trying to be on this PGCE course is resilient!

    Schools loss. You will get more interviews, you may get more rejections, but listen to that feedback, you are smashing it. Are you going to let one knockback ruin your career?

    Good luck.
    agathamorse likes this.
  4. janina_knight

    janina_knight New commenter

    I think you should hang in there as you've got this far.
  5. rolls

    rolls Occasional commenter

    First thing - never give up on a PGCE it looks great on your CV even if you decided not to go into teaching.
    Second thing - those students who struggle to get jobs do not get interviews
    Third thing - if you keep trying you will get a job but in any specific situation it depends upon who else applies as well as how good you are. It is not unusual for trainee teachers to attend at least half a dozen interviews before they get a job

    SEBREGIS Lead commenter

    Sorry - two interviews, both with good feedback, and you're thinking of giving up? Give me strength!
    mark_gg_daniels1 likes this.
  7. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    Very unrealistic, over my lifetime, I have got 10% of the jobs I have interviewed for
    mark_gg_daniels1 likes this.
  8. ParkerNorf80

    ParkerNorf80 New commenter

    No, definitely not! I also wont blow smoke up your ****.

    Keep going, as above, come on, get a sense of perspective. Are you going to walk away from your QTS year when a parent complains, when a teacher asks you to cover a lesson?

    Now is not the time to be thinking "quit" surely!
    mark_gg_daniels1 likes this.
  9. Littleme1984

    Littleme1984 New commenter

    Two interviews that went well and you want to quit because you did not get them!!,

    Firstly do not quit and secondly, I think you need to toughen up. Ask them what else they were offering in comparison to you perhaps. Maybe its the way they sold themselves personally.

    You are going to need a thick skin in this profession, dealing with difficult parents or even staff. Not always agreeing with management etc.

    Stick it out and you will get there. over 13,000 Vacancies on average a year and you didnt get two of those!

    you will get there.
  10. janina_knight

    janina_knight New commenter

    I have recently received a formal job offer after four face-to-face interviews and one telephone interview. I had applied to many jobs as well. There will be more vacancies after Easter and, if you don't manage to secure a permanent job, there is always supply work. Don't give up! :)
  11. science_geek_2020

    science_geek_2020 New commenter

    With respect, but expecting to be employed after only two interviews is a tad unrealistic. Basic rule of thumb is ten people are interviewed for every job, therefore only one in ten are successful.

    Maybe the other applicants were already qualified with more experience, or maybe they had some unique experiences from before training?

    I also don't understand the logic of going from a failed interview to this meaning you need to quit your PGCE year, which is almost finished (and with the lockdown I expect we won't be in school much anymore)?

    I'm assuming you have not taken the news well and having a temporary wobble, but I think you need some perspective and to try and be rational about this.

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