Career Mistakes

1st February 2013 at 00:00

Not giving the new job enough time

I moved from a small, cosy, coasting secondary school to a big, confident place with a human dynamo head and highly capable staff.

I had been promoted but it felt like the opposite. I was a fish out of water. Time and again I contemplated walking out and going home to my family. Teach long enough and you will meet people, including headteachers, who have done exactly that.

I stuck it out, though, and five years on I was chair of the staffroom committee, conductor of the staff-student choir, supported through an Open University degree by my colleagues and generally enjoying what I still see as the best time of my whole career.

What's the right thing to do?

Each school is a closed environment with its own culture. Entering it will always bring some awkwardness, uncertainty and doubt.

Do not stress about it. Be yourself, engage with everyone, do not listen to gossip and above all buckle down and do the job they have given you, and all will be well.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now