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I'm at the point of feeling that although I love teaching, when I've managed to do it, getting into this career has been the worst mistake in my life. I'm not one for regrets normally. Currently, I'm waiting to hear back from 2 jobs and from 3 supply lists just to be included! I'm extremely demotivated as from the people I'm still in contact with from my PGDE course:
4 are full-time perm
2 are part-time perm after being on supply with the probation council
1 has secured temp part-time work and I feel like I'm on the scrap heap getting no where.
I've only secured interviews for temporary posts and have found through contacts that they have been a formality for an internal candidate. I haven't had any interviews for permanent work and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I've a glowing report from my previous school and have spent my personal time:
So on top of 18 months of teaching experience, obvious drive to develop my skills and enjoyment of working with young adults, what more can I do to get an interview? I worked on education projects through my time at uni and have greater formal and informal education experience than my friends, so why am I the one languishing on the scrap heap?I've not managed to get feedback on my application forms but all my interview feedback has been, "You delivered a really good interview and we can't fault you but someone was just above you". Real helpful!
Sorry, I needed to grumble but any advice would be good before I have to pack up, move back to my parents and not use my qualifications.
It seems like you are doing everything right as far as I can tell. Its just that there is too many teachers chasing too few jobs. Also the UK is bankrupt and a large dose of austerity is all we can hope for.I don't know if I can give any useful advice other than stick with it and something will turn up.
Are you flexible with regard to location? If you are (and I mean worldwide flexible) you should be able to get a job.
It is completely disheartening.
Creeper- I'm relatively flexible though with a mortgage and relationship, I'm not 100%. Although I'm based in Glasgow, I've applied for jobs from West to East coast as well as further south. I've had work in a school where it took an hour and a half to commute one way. Maybe it is a bad idea not to be 100% flexible but I refuse to let the job dictate my life as I know that, personally, if I'm not happy where I'm living it will impact on my ability to do the job. Having spent 18 years in the countryside, I'm in no rush to leave my relationship to return.
Peppermint- Yeah, the internal politics of it all and jobs being much more "who you know"rather than "what you know" is just depressing. I'm still struggling to get any supply work. In fact, I've still not had any paperwork from East Dunbartonshire or South Lanarkshire to continue with my application. My last temporary contract gave me regular supply until my contract ended and it went to the girl who took on my days (long story involving changing the job but I wasn't aware of it until 2 months in). This is from the school that would apparently give me a job again but rather favour employing the ex-faculty head on supply as he is local and known! Very fair!! On top of this, I found that a probationer in another subject from my probation school has landed a job and the person was awful at the job to the point of still having to have lesson plans signed off by the mentor in the final term! I'm still applying for work but there are very few jobs out for my subject (Modern Studies) and I'm not wanting to box myself into ASN/SFL since it will be more difficult to get back into subject teaching and I love my subject.
I'm at the point that I've got bills to pay, I'm miserable at being unemployed and can't afford to socialise, eat properly or enjoy life. Started to look at other avenues of working with young adults like youth work and advocacy etc but it seems like such a waste of my teaching training. It is difficult to not feel like a complete failure after such hard work.
jooooo It is difficult to not feel like a complete failure after such hard work.
I'm in the same boat and there are too many posts on here about the same subject unfortunately. I have a PGCE qualification and I'm worthless :(
Good advice. I am about to do the same. I already have a CELTA from years ago and my PGDE too, so just choosing the right position to be honest. I have been relatively lucky with getting maternity posts and supply, but the elusive full time post has escaped me, and to be honest, from the colleagues I have worked with, I don't think I want one anymore tbh. Conditions are being slashed, the kids are getting more bonkers, everything is all the teacher's fault as well, and it's October.
Myself and the girlfriend have finally called it a day as well (most drawn out termination to a relationship ever!), so nothing keeping me here except old doubts and fears.
Middle East looks good to me (avoiding any Arab Springs along the way that is.)
Chinup - there is a world out there where your qualifications are treated with the respect they deserve. Get the heck out if you can folks :o)
I must admit that my circumstances have changed and I've managed to get some long-term supply work in a school. I'm determined to get there with my teaching career in some role.
Ahh...the good old the grass is greener on the other side of the world argument! Moving out of Scotland would be wrong for me on many levels but mainly because I refuse to give up the good things in my life outside of work for a job. Although I love teaching, I'm not about to let it dictate my life. I'm not one of these "teaching is all I ever wanted to do" types who can't see anything else. I'd already identified alternatives to try before I started my current post.
Plus, I don't buy into the whole thing that pupils abroad are better behaved, more respectful and eager to learn. Class horrors are not a Scotland created issue! Though I'm fully supportive of any other Modern Studies/History teachers who want to move abroad and leave me with less competition
I have been following the thread. I am a South African qualified teacher and live and teach in Sofia, Bulgaria at a private school. There is a chronic shortage of qualified native English speaking teachers in Bulgaria at the moment. There is a demand for teachers. If you are interested in living abroad for a while, Bulgaria is a great option. I am not sure about the salaries, but definately livable as Bulgaria is not too expensive.
joooooPlus, I don't buy into the whole thing that pupils abroad are better behaved, more respectful and eager to learn. Class horrors are not a Scotland created issue!
ticajoooooPlus, I don't buy into the whole thing that pupils abroad are better behaved, more respectful and eager to learn. Class horrors are not a Scotland created issue! As someone who has worked overseas in locations as diverse as Scandinavia, Latin America and Middle East, believe it! Working in any half-way decent international school allows you to teach - behaviour just isn't an issue and 99.9% of the kids are fun, friendly and respectful.
To OP, in brief: I'm 16 years into a primary career; every post i've had has been temporary contracted; in total 4 years has been spent out of work in that period; forced overseas in search of work, despite wising to stay in my home city. I've just secured a January post (another contract), though having been out of work since returning from abroad in June - no unemployment money is available for 6 months after returning from overseas - I have spent all the money saved in the last two years of working. Hardly a stable career is it?
You are not alone and I doubt you are doing anything wrong. In my home city, depending on the post advertised, I either lacked experience or was too expensive relative to a NQT. It annoys me that those in work, including head teachers, have little idea of the reality of those not working. Employed teachers have a steady salary, practical experiences to relate to and continuous carrer development opportunities. We have none of those, yet make ourselves available to take on posts and cover work as and when they need us.
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