As a trainee teacher, by the end of this year it is highly likely that you will be in charge of your first classes as a full time member of the teaching profession. It can be a daunting prospect.
Up to 30 faces staring back at you watching and waiting for you to shape their lives. Of course, your teacher training programme and your placements will have given you much valuable experience, but nothing can quite prepare you for everything that the job can and will throw at you.
That's why the TES has put together this special publication.
Finding the right job is at least half the battle. You need a school that suits you. And you need to suit the school. We asked serving heads to tell us what they look for in an interview, we asked researchers to analyse the nation's job hotspots and we even brought in image consultants to provide advice on making the right impression before you have even opened your mouth.
Whether you are an NQT, a head or a child, your first day at a new school will be emotionally charged. So we have compiled a guide to coping with first day and important other firsts, such as surviving your first observation and your first parents evening.
I hope that you find the advice useful and any feedback to help us further develop this guide for next year's trainees would be most welcome email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck with your job hunting and good luck with your career in what can be the most rewarding of professions.
Editor, First Appointments