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Trying to find my first teaching post

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Ozzie777, May 31, 2011.

  1. Ozzie777

    Ozzie777 New commenter

    I am a PGCE student, coming to the end of my course. I have applied for 25 jobs and have had four interviews. The teaching jobs I have applied for have been in Business Studies, ICT and Economics. (2 interviews for ICT, 1 for Business, 1 for Economics). I am 49 years old and have had a good career in IT and business, which I feel would add a depth/breadth to my teaching. In one interview I had the distinct impression that there was an issue with my age/experience. Am I just facing the same problems as other NQTs or is there an issue with ageism in the education sector? Also, I have now run out of jobs to apply for ... what can I do next ... do I give up on my dream of teaching? Any (good!) advice welcomed.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I do not know if people are ageist. They are certainly showing signd of not appointing older applicants . . . who are on the |Upper |Pay Scale and so cost them dear!
    But this doesn't apply to you.
    Yes, you must make sure that you emphasise all your advantages, and don't forget to mention any clubs that you would like to run.
    Have you set up a JobAlert here on TES Jobs, to get notice of any suitable posts coming up? Do one for independent schools too - read the Welcome thread in the Independent Forum to get a feel for these schools.
    I'll also tell you what I've told other NQTs this week: there is hope around the corner.
    Once people have handed in their notice for September on 31 May, there will be a flurry of jobs that need to be filled, and only those not in permanent employment can apply.
    So there will be more jobs, and you will have as good chance!
    Make sure that you open the Welcome thread here on JobSeekers, and read the shortlisting clickables inside, to get advice that has really helped othet posters.
    The benefit of an executive summary
    Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview
    taking Theo's Advice
    Best of luck!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars

    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.Look forward to seeing you!

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