Just Qualified As a Teacher? What Next?

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Whether you've been through school-led training or university-led training, it can be difficult to work out where to go next once you've qualified. By this point you should know the kind of age group you'd like to teach and what subjects you're interested in.

Take a look at EduStaff to get an idea of what jobs are available in your area. Apply for the ones that really interest you and take time over your CV and covering letter.

The best place to start is to look at the easiest routes into a school. If you qualified through school-led training, it might be that there's already a job there waiting for you as soon as you reach qualified teacher status.

If there's not, the best place is to start with that school and see if there are any openings coming up, perhaps even as a part-time teacher. It might be that one of the other teachers at the school is looking to scale down their work and share a class.

If you have been on placements through university then you should approach these schools, especially if you built good relationships with the staff and pupils. Even if they don't have anything straight away, simply getting in touch may put you to the front of the newly qualified list as soon as an opening appears.

It's important to get a job, even a part time one, as soon as possible so if something comes up that's not in your ideal age range or subject, it might be worth taking it to get more experience while you wait for something else to open up.

If nothing turns up, your should register with a supply teaching agency. This way you'll be able to go in and out of schools, gain more experience and earn some money as you go. Some teachers love this as it gives them a wide range of experience in different ages, teaching styles and curriculum.

Other teachers, however, prefer the stability of their own class and being in charge of what those children learn. This is one of the best ways to shape young minds but newly qualified teachers don't always have the opportunity to do this as soon as they pass.

If you do struggle to find a teaching job and supply agencies aren't getting you the work you want, it might be worth relocating to an area where there are more teaching jobs. This isn't ideal but some areas have more teaching jobs available than others.

With no jobs in your area, it might be worth looking a little further afield. A longer commute might not be the worst thing and you never know, you might fall in love with the new area.

The trick to finding a good job as a newly qualified teacher is patience and determination. Keep meeting people, supply teaching and applying for jobs and something in bound to turn up. Try your hand at tutoring or training too.

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