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    I did a Grad Dip. in Primary Ed. last year. I didn't apply for full time jobs as I wanted to be there for my young kids, so thought I'd look at casual teaching. Wonder of wonders, I have applied to 4 relief teaching agencies in the past 2 weeks, they have said they are oversupplied or haven't got back to me. At this stage, I don't know what to do. Canvassing schools to talk to Principals is another option, but I don't think I'd be able to sell myself, plus schools I've called up have said they have their own groups of CRTs they employ. I'm starting to think the break I took from work life to look after my kids is starting to weigh heavily against me.
    I've looked at tutoring as well (would add to my cv education-wise), but everyone wants experience. I'm at a real loss here. Against whatever I've decided so far, I'm considering applying for full time work, but I've seen the amount of work teachers do after hours-staff meetings, level meetings, professional development sessions....and I don't know if I can manage everything. Also the fact as to whether I'd be considered based just on this degree.
    I thought there was a huge demand for teachers...looks like it's an oversupply. Also, people who studied with me who barely managed to pass certain subjects are out there teaching, makes me wonder what schools look at when hiring....I'm down in the dumps here.......

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    Where abouts are you OP?

    Sorry just saw you are in Melbourne, which region?

    I can recommend ANZUK agency - it was the only one I would call as an assistant principal. I would also recommend canvassing local schools, ask to speak to the assistant principal not the principal as it is the AP who is responsible for CRTs. Give them really specific days you are available and even ask to go in for a morning to spend in a classroom.

    Do you have your mentor teachers as references?
    How long is your resume?

    I'm happy to take a look if you like and give any suggestions - you can PM me.
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    [QUOTE=loveshack;7099359]Hi

    I thought there was a huge demand for teachers...looks like it's an oversupply. /QUOTE]

    Nopes There's been a massive issue with this for years especially primary education. There's 16,000 education graduates from the last 4-5 years in Qld alone who are yet to secure teaching positions. Only 1 in 8 graduates got jobs in Qld for this year

    I remember being told 4 -5 years ago not to do start an education degree because of the over supply. Nursing is going the same way as well now

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    I'd recommend registering with the catholic education office. They keep a term by term list of relief teachers for schools to use.
    I also made up some 'business cards' that were magnets and handed them out to all of the local schools in the area. They tended to stick them to filing cabinets in their offices and I would get plenty of repeat work.
    Hope that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveshack View Post
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    Also, people who studied with me who barely managed to pass certain subjects are out there teaching, makes me wonder what schools look at when hiring....I'm down in the dumps here.......
    Sorry I guess that was uncalled for....

    ANZUK was one of the agencies I tried. I have seen a lot of CRTs from UK and Canada as well, lots of competition....

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    ANZUK has made deal with lots of schools to be the only supplier of crts so if you get accepted you'll be guarenteed work.

    What sort of questions wereyou asked at your interviews? How did you answer? What sort of availability do you have - is this a barrier? Do you have any specialist areas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveshack View Post
    Hi

    I thought there was a huge demand for teachers...looks like it's an oversupply. /QUOTE]

    Nopes There's been a massive issue with this for years especially primary education. There's 16,000 education graduates from the last 4-5 years in Qld alone who are yet to secure teaching positions. Only 1 in 8 graduates got jobs in Qld for this year

    I remember being told 4 -5 years ago not to do start an education degree because of the over supply. Nursing is going the same way as well now
    My niece just finished and has got a permanent job, the catch is she applied to rural areas.

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    What areas are you applying in OP?

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    Sorry but you need to promote yourself. I've been teaching for 12 years and at times I have done this, especially at the start of my career.

    Drop your CV with a brief cover page to 20-30 schools and if you don't hear back- extend your areas. Ask to speak to a deputy or principal but explain you understand they are very busy etc. Say positive things about the school.
    good luck

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    [QUOTE=BigRedV;7099810]
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    My niece just finished and has got a permanent job, the catch is she applied to rural areas.
    That is the catch!! I moved 2000km for my grad midwife job but there was plenty of people in nursing/mid who didn't get jobs in the metro area and refused/were unable to move regional/rural because of partner and kids!!


 

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