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Started a new job this week? How has it gone so far?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by TheoGriff, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well?
    We are all eager to hear of your experiences!
    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.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well?
    We are all eager to hear of your experiences!
    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.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  3. I will let you know on Monday, lucky old me having a 9th Jan start - never been back that late before! Although I am going in tomorrow for a few hours and went in a little bit before Christmas and everybody I met (partner teacher, TAs etc) was so helpful and lovely. I am excited but a little bit nervous!!
     
  4. Well I've finally got 5 minutes lol, great start though loving every minute of it! Staff are so helpful and welcoming :) children are all lovely and I'm already getting to know the characters in my class.
    It's been a whirlwind of emotions as had lots to think about and do!
    Hope everyone else is enjoying it as much as I am!
     
  5. catherine_ann

    catherine_ann Occasional commenter

    Theo, you won't believe what has happened!

    I was lucky enough to go into my new school for the last week of term paid as a supply teacher so that I could sort my classroom out and have a hand over from the previous teacher - bonus. So I was all prepared and planned for starting on Wednesday.

    It was fantastic, students are lovely, sorted 99.9% of the classroom displays ect. but my voice started to get croaky. Went to school this morning and found I had no voice whatsoever! I am devastated. I went to see the head teacher and he was lovely about it and sent me home :-( What a great start!

    So frustrated, 19 interviews to secure a job, waited a whole half term to start and sent home sick on my second day! Been to the docs and he has said that I have laryngitis and it will take 3-4 days to clear so at home again tomorrow when there's so much I could be doing :-(
     
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Oh catherine_ann, what rotten luck!
    Take care of that throat.
     
  7. welshchocoholic1

    welshchocoholic1 Senior commenter

    Hello everyone! Happy New Year to all on the jobseekers forum [​IMG]. I had an inset yesterday, and had <u>my</u> class today - but only for a bit as they're having literacy lessons today and tomorrow all mixed up, so still getting to know them!
    No major disasters getting there either. Only the fact that I nearly got locked into the school today [​IMG]. So had to ring again, because there really isn' t any other way out - I checked, and said '' I'm new- I'm Welshie, and I'm trying to get out, not in!'', luckily she heard me, laughed, said she was really sorry and let me out!
    It's exactly the same in the school I am in. They have been lovely - both staff and pupils. Glad you're liking it Katy[​IMG]!.
    Need to buy more folders. Came in well prepared with one for the week. It's full, and have only been there for 1 teaching day !!
    Hope you're all well and keeping on with your applications. Hope that there are LOADS more people posting 'Dear Theo - I got the job![​IMG]
    x
     
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Oh no!
    How frustrating for you, C_Ann!
    But you can sit cuddly warm at home watching Homes Under the Hammer and dream of your new class.
    Glad to hear all the good stories from the rest of you - including the one who is still sitting around nervously waiting for the new term to actually begin. :)
    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.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  9. welshchocoholic1

    welshchocoholic1 Senior commenter

    Oh no Catherine_ ann, that's SO annoying[​IMG]
     
  10. catherine_ann

    catherine_ann Occasional commenter

    Thanks for the get well wishes and the advice Welshie. Just feeling sorry for myself atm and this is the only way that I can talk. Dying to get back as the students are so enthusiastic. I am teaching secondary science, and the students have not had a science specialist since the summer term so I had loads of practicals lined up - boo! Also, I haven't got a school email set up and can't speak on the phone so I am unable to contact anyone :-( Will go in on Monday and speak with my HoD even if I'm not up to teaching. Hopefully will have some voice by then. Best wishes to you all.
     
  11. Glad to hear that everybody is enjoying their new jobs. Catherine_ann hope you feel better soon and get started on those practicals!!
     
  12. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Yes, thanks Theo for starting such a positive thread to cheer us all up.[​IMG]
     
  13. Its lovely! Staff are very supportive, always ask if I'm ok (think some of my kids have a bit of a reputation...I'm enjoying the contrast after having a whole class ful!) and offer help. My TA is off so has been a little tricky finding things in the classroom and have to occasionally ask the kids. But they are very mature and dont take the mick!
    Still finding my feet with children's abilities which feels odd after having a class I knew so well (guess thats what its like every year) so stil need to tweek my teaching a little (I hope thats normal!) and get back into it.
    Very much enjoying, actually looking forward to work each day. Marking load has gone up but stress has definately gone down. Feeling very positive!
     
  14. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Excellent!
    Always good to hear of a successful start at a school.
    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.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  15. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    So this week's awards!
    The laughter award [​IMG]
    goes to welshchocoholic for her school lock-in story.
    This week's sympathy award
    for losing her voice on the second day to catherine_ann
    [​IMG]
     
  16. modgepodge

    modgepodge Occasional commenter

    I started on Wed (INSET) and class were in on Thursday - it's gone unbelievably well!! I don't seem to be very stressed and and it's all gone v smoothly. I'm convinced next week OFSTED will turn up or I'll have a surprise observation or my contract will just be stopped or something! (Head wandered in to my lesson today with parents....that gave me a shock!)
    On another note - finally got my contract and pay form through today (having been appointed in mid-Nov). Thankfully head recieved contract before me and brought to my attention it said "You have opted out of the pension scheme so this contract is non-contributary" (or something) - but I haven't?! In fact in Sept I think I paid in to it due to supply. I think the head was going to call and query it with county. Should I delay signing the contract til this is sorted, and should I still send the pay form back?!
     
  17. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes, don't sign it as you don't agree with that point. But do send the pay form back so you get your jan pay. They will over-pay you, as they won't take the pension bit out, so be prepared to have to pay it back in Feb - they'll take a double pension out.
    Unless they manage to get the pension sorted before pay day.
    Pay day! Sounds good!
    __________________________________________________
    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.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  18. modgepodge

    modgepodge Occasional commenter

    Doesn't it just!!!!
    Just hoping I can sort out all my p45s (JSA, 2 supply agencies and at least 1 LA) before payday so my tax is done correctly.........it would be lovely to have a couple of months with no tax whatsoever, which I think I'm entitled to what with being so close to the end of the tax year and only having "earned" &pound;1000ish so far this tax year including JSA.
     
  19. I start on Monday (Scotland - different hols).

    Sure it will go well, but full of anxieties, especially after a recent very positive supply assignment which I ended early so as to start the new (temp) job. There have been lots of non-specialist supply teachers covering for quite a while, so I'll need to get the children back into work/learn/enjoy mode after a less-focussed last month or so...

    It's been heartening to read the other posts on this thread (and Welshie's story reminded me of the time I was locked into a psychiatric hospital...! :) )
     
  20. I'm so jealous of all the people who have had such great first weeks.
    Mine's been chaotic to say the least and the class are really testing the boundaries. It's so difficult but I know the key is to just keep at it and keep consistent. I'm sure they have the ability to be lovely, it's just getting to that point that's proving difficult.
    I haven't burst into tears yet though, all 30 children are alive and well at the end of the week (and it's all down to me, as my best friend cheerfully pointed out!) and everyone I speak to says that I am coping well so it's not all bad.
     

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