No induction job
I gained my PGCE a year ago, and still haven’t got a job to start induction. I have always dreamed of being a teacher, but it now looks as though I can say “Goodbye” to teaching as a career.
When I read this sort of thing, I feel both very sad and very angry.
Sad that you have been disappointed so far in your search for a start to your career. And very angry with the Unis and Colleges who took on so many students for the B.Ed and PGCE when there was less money available to employ teachers in schools.
But there is good news.
Firstly, over the last few years, there have been more babies born, and this bulge is now moving right through Primary. So there will be an increased need for both primary and secondary teachers over the coming years.
And many areas of the country are noticing a serious shortfall in teachers at secondary level - especially in the South-East, and especially for Science, Maths and English.
The second positive thing is that as you are not currently employed, you are available immediately for any job that comes up at short notice, due to maternity leave perhaps, or after the three resignation deadlines: October 31, February 28/9 and May 31.
Do ensure that you know of all vacancies. Look regularly at the employment section of your local authority website, and set up a Job Alert on the TES website. This will send you an email every time a job is advertised that fits your requirements.
Get the TES Jobs App
How to set up a Job Alert
Tailor your applications
Then ensure that you are submitting the best possible application for each job. The main tip is to write an application that shows how you meet the needs of that particular school, not just a general letter that you send out for every job going. Again, look through our blogs for tips. The main sources of help for an application will be the two blogs called How to get shortlisted for a teaching job and its twin brother called How NOT to get shortlisted
And finally, keep in touch with education and schools. Read the TES from cover to cover each week – you never know when something you read there will be just what you need in an interview, so best to take out a subscription so you don’t miss anything, and can keep a file of things that are of interest, both for applying and for when you get a job.There are some fabulous materials and teaching ideas every week.
Contact your local school and offer to work as a volunteer for them, and make sure that you use it as a learning experience. And don’t give up hope – teaching is the best job in the world, it’s worth the wait.