True, but if you don't have your heart in it then this will come across in interviews and you'll be back to square one, regardless if you stand a better chance of getting a job in secondary. If you do well in your placements you will more than likely be offered a job. That's what they keep telling us here. I'm inclined to believe them. If you need help on your PS then send it my way, I'll help as best I can.
(Original post by kpwxx)
I'm doing undergrad Maths at UEA in Norwich, hoping to do a PGCE with specialism in Foundation/KS1 next year (actually taking a break from writing my PS right now, I can't stay focussed on something so hard
). It's kind of frustrating that I (probably) would get a lot more free money and would have a much higher chance of getting on to the course and getting a job if I was going for Maths secondary, but that's the way it is lol.
So have you just started?
EDIT: Sorry, yes I started a month ago.
Last edited by Mr. Approachable; 12-10-2011 at 18:53.
I got the equivilent of outstanding too and am still unemployed. Admittedly I did not start applying for jobs til mid June, as I found out then that my partner's job was relocating. However to date I have filled in over 20 application forms and have recieved 1 rejection and 2 interviews, the other 17+ have just ignored me. All my teachers on placement were like "Oh you'll get a job, don't worry", so I didn't. Until last week, when I got talking to other NQTs in the area and found out most of them graduated LAST year and have been looking for over a year already!
(Original post by oxymoronic)
I applied for my first job in January and its now October. I know that eventually I will get a job and its all a matter of time, but with all due respects, as a first year student on an undergraduate course I don't think you're really in a position to be giving people advice about the jobs market given you have no experience of it yourself. I know that I'm not the only NQT on TSR who also did extremely well during their PGCE year and is also unemployed. People do have a right to be worried as I'll tell you now, doing supply and signing up for the dole is not something I imagined myself doing as an NQT this time two years ago when I was applying for a PGCE.
The government needs to stop training so many teachers....there just aren't enough jobs for them all, esp in primary. Also, they need to stop cover supervisors and TAs teaching classes when it's a distinctly grey area in terms of the law and there are thousands of unemployed teachers.
Probably shouldn't have quoted you oxymoronic as you know my situation already! I was adding weight to your argument.
Last edited by modgepodge; 13-10-2011 at 11:08.