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    (Original post by Hana_87)
    9K per annum for full time? Thats....really low? :confused: Can't be full time.
    As I said previously most school posts are not full time, as they are 39 weeks per year.

    For example if the full time salary was £12,000 and you worked 39 weeks out of 52 (thus paid say 44 weeks per year) the salary would be £12,000 * (44/52) = £10,153.

    Of course schools advertise the full time salary for the grade in order to make it sound nicer.
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    You could definitely earn more doing admin, but the experience you will get from being a TA for a year will be invaluable on a PGCE.

    My mum's a TA and subsidises the pretty rubbish wage by being a dinner lady at her school too. Again, the pay for that's not good, but that little bit extra could pay for your food for the month or a small bill.

    Good luck!
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    If after a year of teaching on low pay (though really, it's not that bad) you still want to continue with this for the rest of your life, at least you'll know you definitely like it. And it's only for one year.
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    (Original post by BrinnyUnlimited)
    Yeah but we're not talking about teachers, we're talking about teaching assistants. No-one has career aspirations to be a teaching assistant. Being a TA is just a stopgap on the way to being a fully qualified teacher. Think of it as an apprenticeship.

    Most people I know do this kind of thing while they're studying at uni - like a research assistant it isn't a career in it's own right, but a step on the ladder towards the career you want.

    Rent seems to be the biggest chunk of your income. Maybe move back in with relatives for a while until you're more able to financially support yourself. Not ideal I know, but it's a means to an end.

    That's a really good point when i look at it like that... I guess i should see it as something which wont be forever, i'm going back to uni next September!

    I can't move home as there are literally NO teaching assistant jobs (paid, anyway). I live in London and this is the only way i can seem to do it as my parents live in Kent and as much as i've tried, i can't find anything there!
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    you've posted another thread like this, im sure you've got ur advice already!
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    (Original post by Hana_87)
    Yeah i work part time in a golf club now which i guess i could keep for a while but that'll mean working 6/7 days a week, i'll have no social life and will literally be permanently shattered - not good. xx
    see at least 9-5 mon-fri gives plenty of social life time

    and a classroom assistant can help you build up to teacher and be strong on your cv
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    (Original post by sandettielightvessel)
    As I said previously most school posts are not full time, as they are 39 weeks per year.

    For example if the full time salary was £12,000 and you worked 39 weeks out of 52 (thus paid say 44 weeks per year) the salary would be £12,000 * (44/52) = £10,153.

    Of course schools advertise the full time salary for the grade in order to make it sound nicer.

    I see. Well it isn't pro rata (which can only be a good thing?)
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    (Original post by nikki-77)
    you've posted another thread like this, im sure you've got ur advice already!

    No, i posted another thread about PGCE'S - not money and budgeting. But thanks for the useful advice all the same :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Anon the 7th)
    see at least 9-5 mon-fri gives plenty of social life time

    and a classroom assistant can help you build up to teacher and be strong on your cv

    Haha but no money to socialise with..

    Yeah it's invaluable experience, i'm just being a wimp about the money thing really.
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    I wish I had a teacher who looked like you.
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    (Original post by Psycho0101)
    I wish I had a teacher who looked like you.
    yeah, a PE teacher
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    Well i'm teaching primary so i doubt the six year olds will be too interested in what i look like!
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    (Original post by Hana_87)
    But from researching, it isn't that low. NQT'S start on around £20 000 which goes up the more you progress each year....
    I have friends who are starting TA jobs on £9,000 and £10,000 per annum which is a pittance. But they are doing it for the same reason as you. Just think it's only a year of struggling until you can get on to a PGCE and start your career. It's a small price to pay. If you went to get an office job you'd not get any valid experience and who knows how far you could progress that way. It;s better that you struggle for the one year and then go ahead with the PGCE. There are loads of ways you can save money - like people have said you can work two jobs, or do a job that involves delivering catalogues at the weekend or something like that. You can be sensible with food and buy cheap/bulk buy. Also cut your outgoing spendings, so less going out/clothes/shopping etc etc. It is doable, I've been coping on £76 a month for the last 6 months and that even had to cover some of my bills. You could also get a good phone deal, e.g. if you've got a phone contract coming to an end you could see about getting something like a £10 o2 pay as you go contract where you get free unlimited weekly texts. You could sell things on ebay to make a bit of spare cash.
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    Take the job. You'll gain valuable experience and to be honest if you wait for a 'better offer' you might regret not taking this one. I'd kill to have a job right now
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    7.70 an hour isn't bad for an assistant type job. I've got a feeling your maybe being a bit wasteful of your cash eg why car insurance and a travel card- get rid of the car and stick to the bus. Also 250 disposable income- you can't have been a real student, because 250 is more than many students have- especially now you are working 9-5.
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    learn to play blackjack and get yourself to the casino !
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    (Original post by michael89mtb)
    7.70 an hour isnt bad for an asstant type job. I've got a feeling your maybe being a bit wasteful of your cash eg why car insurance and a travel card- get rid of the car and stick to the bus. Also 250 disposable income- you can't have been a real student, because 250 is more than a lot more than many students have- especially now you are working 9-5.

    What's working 9-5 got to do with it? (not sounding defensive, by the way)... I neeeed my car though, i use it to get home to see my parents

    Where did you work 7.70 out from?
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    (Original post by smilee172)
    I have friends who are starting TA jobs on £9,000 and £10,000 per annum which is a pittance. But they are doing it for the same reason as you. Just think it's only a year of struggling until you can get on to a PGCE and start your career. It's a small price to pay. If you went to get an office job you'd not get any valid experience and who knows how far you could progress that way. It;s better that you struggle for the one year and then go ahead with the PGCE. There are loads of ways you can save money - like people have said you can work two jobs, or do a job that involves delivering catalogues at the weekend or something like that. You can be sensible with food and buy cheap/bulk buy. Also cut your outgoing spendings, so less going out/clothes/shopping etc etc. It is doable, I've been coping on £76 a month for the last 6 months and that even had to cover some of my bills. You could also get a good phone deal, e.g. if you've got a phone contract coming to an end you could see about getting something like a £10 o2 pay as you go contract where you get free unlimited weekly texts. You could sell things on ebay to make a bit of spare cash.

    Thanks for that advice

    Woah £76 a month? How did you manage? Did you have rent to pay or anything?
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    (Original post by gracie88)
    Take the job. You'll gain valuable experience and to be honest if you wait for a 'better offer' you might regret not taking this one. I'd kill to have a job right now
    I went to Kingston... I think we've had this conversation, lol.

    Can't you find anything at the moment then?
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    No you don't need your car you've just gotten used to having it. Kingston isn't that far from Kent...

    It seems like you want certain things but aren't willing to compromise in the short term to get them in the long term? You'd seriously turn down a teaching assistant job which will be invaluable to your career because you'll have to budget for a year?

    It might not be easy but its not forever. And you are fortunate to get any job right now.
 
 
 
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