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I'm a full-time lecturer at a college. I have very good academic qualifications (PGCE QTS and a PhD). With redudancies coming up its possible that my job will become redundant and given the financial climate I doubt if I would find another post-16 teaching position which is what I enjoy. Now that the mortgage is paid I can consider a cut in salary, although I'd want a job with a public sector pension scheme. I was thinking of maybe applying for administative officer/assistant jobs in primary and secondary schools and colleges. What chances would I have of getting an admin job after teaching?
To be honest, I think you'd be seen as way over-qualified. You may also lack "recent experience" which everyone demands. I work in admin for my local council, but I do not have a permanent position. I signed up with their staffing agency so am treated as a temp. I resorted to this as despite several years of admin experience, I couldn't land a permanent job to save my life (I'm 48). Whenever I have applied for permanent positions, there have been around 100 + applicants for each post (that's about the going rate these days). It really is dire.
Sorry to sound so negative. Perhaps you'll have more luck than me! Perhaps it would be worth investigating the temping route - bear in mind that for any admin job you'll have to do a typing test to show you have good typing speed/accuracy and that you can use spreadsheets and other various IT packages.
Thanks. I can touch type.
As an escapee from the classroom now working in university administration, I would say your chances are very good indeed. I was quite amazed at how many ex-teachers there are in uni admin.
IN fact, its a good fit. Who better to support a team of teachers than an ex-teacher? At least they'll know with you that you will always support them.
Best way in is through temping. Find out which agencies the colleges and unis in your area use and go and personally put your face in front of them. NEVER email them, go see them and keep going to see them. Eventaully, you will get in and I can bet you will soon end up with a fully time job too.
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