Are you fed
up in your current job? Maybe you have been in the same position for years and
fancy a change or maybe you have tried something new and realised its not for
you, there are so many job options out there it seems silly to stay doing something
that you don’t enjoy.
If you have
decided that you fancy a new challenge next year then why not consider
teaching. Although no one can tell you teaching is an easy job or extremely
well paid, but it is very rewarding and there are some perks. If you have
children that are of school age then you may find that it is nice to know that
during the school holidays you will be able to spend time with them as you will
most likely have time off too.
need to have obtained a teaching degree at university to allow you to teach but
if you have done any degree you can then add a PGCE course on to the end which
takes about 12 months to complete and then allows you to teach.
If you want
to teach in a secondary school then you will need to have a degree in the
subject or very close to the subject you wish to teach.
school teaching requires a less in-depth but more general knowledge across
multiple subjects as you will be teaching a range of lessons based on English,
Maths, Science, RE and PE for example.
There are several
ways in which you can start searching for a job that may be suited to your
skill set, qualifications and commitment.
decide to go to the job centre and either speak to an advisor or many now have
online computer systems you can use to find jobs that match your skill /
experience level. This can be particularly handy if you are not exactly sure as
to what you want to do or the opportunities open to you.
place you may want to look is on online jobs boards. There are quick and easy
to use and allow you to search through hundreds of jobs at a time. You can usually
filter the jobs that come up by job type, location or salary and some allow you
to refine this more by selecting qualifications you have.
A CV is a
very important tool when applying for jobs. This document can mean the
difference between asked in for an interview and turned away at the first
stage. It is vital that your CV is up to date with all of your education / qualifications
as well as any working experience you may have. If you have an up to date CV to
hand you can quickly apply for jobs even if the deadline for applications is
closing soon. You should always tweak your cover letter for each company that
you are sending the CV to as the covering letter should be quite specific to
the job you are applying for whereas your CV is likely to be more generic.
A CV is
vital if you are job hunting. It can be the difference between between
progressing to the next stage and being rejected. It is important to put aside
a good amount of time to put your CV together and once complete, check it and
a CV there may be times when you have to put down something or miss something
out – which may not look great such as a gap in employment or short employment
periods at a number of different companies. There may be a genuine reason for
this but if not explained, potential employers may see it as you being unreliable.
If for example you have had a few short jobs due to working through an agency,
then it is often advised to put that as a not on your CV. Although you will often have the chance to
discuss these anomalies when attending an interview, you may not even get that
Employers tend not have the time to read pages and pages of information, but a little note to say why is perfectible acceptable. With this in mind, ensure that you try and keep your CV to one page and if you do have to write more, definitely no more than two.
If you are
invited for an interview, be prepared for any questions they may ask your CV
and ensure that you are honest.
come a time in your business when you need to take on extra staff to cover the
growing demand for your products and/or services or just to cover staff absence
or a busy period. Not all companies use the same methods for recruiting staff
as some companies choose to advertise and carry out the recruiting process
themselves and others choose to outsource all or part of the recruitment
process to an agency. If you want to
keep costs down then you will probably do the recruitment yourself. This may
involve advertising through your website and on social media, vetting CV’s and carrying
out all the interviews. Although this will keep your outgoings down it may eat
up a lot of your and other staff member’s time.
If you use a
recruitment agency then most often you will only pay for their services if they
find the right candidate or they will offer you a fixed fee regardless of how
many people they send through to you. Most recruitment agencies will vet all
applicants first and even conduct a mini interview over the phone and then only
send you through the CV’s of people that they think are suitable.
Many teachers are often told how lucky they are to have the school holidays off and that they only work “part-time”. This can frustrate many people in the teaching profession and for good reason too. The TES has recently stated that even with allowing for all the school holidays, on average teachers work longer hours than people in many other professions. Although they may actually only teach from nine till three (or thereabouts) their day often starts around 8.15am and usually they do not go home until around 5 pm. Even when they are home and during the weekend’s teachers have to find time to do marking and planning which can often take up a few evenings a week.
On top of the day to day tasks they have to do, there will be a time when they need to participate in extra work such as meetings, out of school hours’ trips and parents evenings/report writing. Often teachers are only given one morning a week to fit all this in and it is virtually impossible to get it all done in that time.
During the school holiday’s teachers will often go back into school to sort out their classroom or for teacher training as well as planning at home.