Top Tips for a newly qualified teacher

Your first post, your first class – your first panic attack! Does this sound familiar? If it does, then you can relax a bit because you are not alone – literally and metaphorically. Your first job can signal the arrival of an avalanche of doubt liable to swamp any euphoria following the signing of your very first contract. A new class can be daunting for many teachers – experienced or otherwise. The only difference is that an experienced teacher often has ways of disguising their nerves. If you feel that the new term invokes a knee-knocking, sweaty-palmed reaction then read on for the Top Tips for NQTs:

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How to get your first teaching job: Applying

When and where to start looking

The “where” part is easy. Search for a job on google.

On google is easy to find a lot of job portals. This makes it easier for you to find the jobs that you are looking for.  Its one-stop, nonstop service offers a quick and simple route to the best jobs. Visit some Jobs related sites to take advantage of the following key features:

-searching and browsing: a quick and simple route to the best jobs
-jobs by email: a facility for you to receive notification of relevant vacancies by email as soon as they are posted on Schoolsnet Jobs
-schools guide: our unique guide to every school in the country. When you have found a vacancy that you think may be suitable for you, take a few minutes to read Schoolsnet’s profile of the school. Here you will find background details, examination results, inspection reports and much more to help you decide if it is the right school for you
-career guidance: professional advice to help you get the most from your teaching career

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To teach or not to teach

Teaching is a career that anyone who wants to put something back into society should seriously consider. There are few jobs that are more rewarding, but like any caring profession, teaching has many drawbacks. So if you’re thinking about becoming a teacher, it is important that you think carefully about the type of career that you want and then decide if teaching is really right for you.

The most common mistake is that people think teaching, especially in primary schools, is a cushy 9-3 job with long holidays and little pressure. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Most teachers are in by 8am and don’t leave before 5pm, which is a longer working day than most office jobs and this only scratches the surface of what every teacher has to do.

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