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Will I stand a chance?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Tinkerblonde, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. Hello
    I was wondering if anyone could offer me any advice.

    I completed my PGCE in 2004, Science with Physics specialism. Getting pipped at the post on a few interviews. I "fell" into a cover supervisor and learning mentor job. Intending to only stay a year. I really enjoyed the job and ended up staying for three. Inbetween I met my partner and became pregnant, he worked in London , so I relocated and left my job. I did supply while pregnant and then childcare being expensive I decided to be a stay at Home Mum. My daughter is now 4 , I have had periods of supply in this time. I even got a years extension on supply. I can now only supply as a Cover Supervisor or TA as my time limit is over.

    We have now relocated back to the North, and have the support of my family, so childcare is no longer a problem.

    I would love to return to Science teaching, I am doing supply as a CS and have signed up for the TDA's return to Teach Programme which has allowed me to observe lessons in a school.

    Now its time for me to apply for jobs. I am still an NQT? Does this sound bad? Will it work against me?

    I actually feel I will be a better teacher now than I would have at 24, when I first qualified. Though reading these forums I am worrried that there are so many Science teachers now that I wont stand a chance of returning.

    Any advice/ thoughts would be mich appreciated.
     
  2. Hello
    I was wondering if anyone could offer me any advice.

    I completed my PGCE in 2004, Science with Physics specialism. Getting pipped at the post on a few interviews. I "fell" into a cover supervisor and learning mentor job. Intending to only stay a year. I really enjoyed the job and ended up staying for three. Inbetween I met my partner and became pregnant, he worked in London , so I relocated and left my job. I did supply while pregnant and then childcare being expensive I decided to be a stay at Home Mum. My daughter is now 4 , I have had periods of supply in this time. I even got a years extension on supply. I can now only supply as a Cover Supervisor or TA as my time limit is over.

    We have now relocated back to the North, and have the support of my family, so childcare is no longer a problem.

    I would love to return to Science teaching, I am doing supply as a CS and have signed up for the TDA's return to Teach Programme which has allowed me to observe lessons in a school.

    Now its time for me to apply for jobs. I am still an NQT? Does this sound bad? Will it work against me?

    I actually feel I will be a better teacher now than I would have at 24, when I first qualified. Though reading these forums I am worrried that there are so many Science teachers now that I wont stand a chance of returning.

    Any advice/ thoughts would be mich appreciated.
     
  3. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    Dear Tinkerblonde anything is possible and remember you are cheap because you are an NQT with experienced and that's only TWO pluses I know of. Go forth and apply for your first teaching post. What's the worst that could happen? And Good luck!.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes, apply. And make sure that you emphasise right from the start how much your experience has improved your skills. You are a NQT (therefore cheap) but with extra skills.
    There's masses of help available on here about writing a good application - have you been checking all the clickables and other help threads inside the Welcome thread? Also, you should read the FAQs.
    For an effective application, you should send the following:
    • an application form with every bit filled in, no "See letter"
    • an application letter OR personal statement. Not both but certainly one of them.
    • a cover letter ONLY if you do a personal statement. See FAQs inside the Welcome thread
    • an Executive summary. If there's a space on the form, put it in there; if not, put it at the end of your letter so that it gets printed out automatically. The shortlisting clickables explain about this.
    The Welcome thread clickables explain about an executive summary. They also talk about planning a personal statement/letter of application.
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  5. Thabks catbefriended and Theo. yes I am reasesrching all the clickables, very helpful. Thank you.
     

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