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    I am currently doing my PGCE and the jobs available in my area are being posted every day thick and fast! I do not know whether to apply to all, most or some. I have so far asked for two visits, 1 being a school I would love to work in and 1 in a school my friend works at and I've heard good things from others.

    I don't want to miss out on any jobs but at the same time what if I accept one early one and then the best job ever comes up?! What if no school employ me and I don't actually get a choice of where I will work?
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    Hello

    I am currently doing my PGCE and the jobs available in my area are being posted every day thick and fast! I do not know whether to apply to all, most or some. I have so far asked for two visits, 1 being a school I would love to work in and 1 in a school my friend works at and I've heard good things from others.

    I don't want to miss out on any jobs but at the same time what if I accept one early one and then the best job ever comes up?! What if no school employ me and I don't actually get a choice of where I will work?
    What you do depends on your subject. If you are a shortage subject specialist wait until the job you want comes up. If not, apply for every half decent vacancy and take the first one that doesn't ring alarm bells in your head.
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    I am currently doing my PGCE and the jobs available in my area are being posted every day thick and fast! I do not know whether to apply to all, most or some. I have so far asked for two visits, 1 being a school I would love to work in and 1 in a school my friend works at and I've heard good things from others.

    I don't want to miss out on any jobs but at the same time what if I accept one early one and then the best job ever comes up?! What if no school employ me and I don't actually get a choice of where I will work?
    I would say to apply for quite a few, but don't apply anywhere you already think you are unlikely to want to work.

    I attended 7 interviews before getting my job (and there were a couple of other schools which offered me an interview, but I couldn't attend due to clashes with other interviews). I applied between January and May and got my job the week before May half-term.

    Don't accept a job that you don't want, in a school where you think you'll be miserable (when you go for a visit/interview, try and get an idea of whether the school is right for you).
    But at the same time, don't hold out for the "perfect" school either - it doesn't exist. You might get a job in what you think is a great place to work, and then find out the reality is quite different. Or you might just hold out too long and get nothing.

    I would say for now (until after Easter) be quite picky and apply for schools you're quite confident you want to work in. You can always widen your search a bit later on.

    If you accept a job and then something better comes up, tough. Once you've entered into a contract with a school, you need to stick with it. You can always keep an eye out for jobs at your ideal school for the following year if you want to move after your NQT year (especially as many NQT jobs are 1 year contracts).
 
 
 
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