I qualified as a teacher 2 years ago whilst my son was young, thinking this was a good move for when he was older and a career I love. Problem – I have been looking for a job ever since and not stepped foot into a classroom as a teacher since. I have registered with supply, I have applied for over 100 jobs, part time, full time, job share as a classroom helper – anything and everything including dinner lady. I now have the problem, not having been in a classroom for 2 years I am being overlooked and told I am not up to date, despite going into schools volunteering and being a private tutor. When I apply for non teaching posts such as a receptionist, cleaner and fruit packer, I am told I am overqualified and should be looking for teaching as this is what I am qualified in, but there are no jobs! I am going around in circles. What should I do to get a job in any sector?
Ouch, what a horrible situation to be in!
When you say “you qualified as a teacher”, does that mean you’ve completed a year as a classroom teacher on finishing your academic studies? If you have, it makes getting into teaching significantly easier than it would be otherwise.
I think it would be worthwhile checking why you’ve had so little success in getting any of the teaching jobs you’ve applied for. Talk to your university tutors, friends / relatives in teaching posts at present and the LEA to find out how you need to present yourself to get shortlisted for interview and then offered the job. Seek out examples of successful applications and talk to the individuals who prepared them. Having seen some examples of applications for teaching posts, I know the standard is very high – probably higher than for many other types of professional job.
Then think about whether you’re applying to all the sources of teaching employment that are open to you. Have you made contact with all the schools within commuting distance (state-funded and otherwise) to find out about their recruitment practices for selecting supply and permanent teachers? Have you made contact with all the teacher recruitment agencies active in your region?
You are already trying to keep your teaching skills honed by private tutoring – if you put more oomph into this, you may well be able to expand this involvement, working for corporates (eg those working with dyslexic students, gifted children, providing mentoring services, etc).
On the face of it, it should be easier for you to get a job as a teacher than any other type of professional job (though still hard and getting more difficult as time passes).
If you have to look outside of teaching, then check out jobs where your teaching skills may be an advantage. Possible roles include those teaching adults (literacy skills, confidence building, etc) as part of the various initiatives helping the unemployed and young parents back to work; preparing tourist materials for local attractions serving young visitors; and organising school visits, holidays etc to or from this country.
Possible employers include the following:-
– organisations selling into the education market (eg taking of school photographs, arranging school trips, etc)
– organisations selling to the parents of school children (eg coaching services, educational equipment / toys, tourist visits, etc)
– organisations providing literacy / personal development training for adults, young parents, job seekers, ethnic minorities, etc