Now that a tough year has come to an end, what’s next? I find myself feeling excited to start my teaching career but at the same time it is all quite daunting! When I am feeling overwhelmed I like to organise myself, it eases my nerves. I decided I would make a CV and start handing them out to schools around my area. I made a list of things I should include with my CV. As well as my CV, I attached a copy of my teaching council registration (under Further Education) , my Statutory Declaration form, Garda Vetting and a cover letter to explain my results are pending and a few details about myself and the type of teacher I strive to be. I also made business cards stating my qualification from July/August 2016. I think the schools were impressed that I had all this organised in one slip pocket. One principal actually thanked me and said that she appreciated the fact that I had included these. If you are handing out you CV, I would include these documents to show you are organised and hungry to start your teaching career.
My next step as a newly qualified teacher is job applications and subbing. The thought of subbing is both exciting and daunting. However, the possibility of floating around from school to school and not having a class to call your own sounds a bit intimidating to me. Nonetheless, I have been thinking, how can I make subbing easier on myself? I have decided to have a subbing bag packed and ready to go with all the essentials I will need and a few extra resources for each level to be fully prepared. I also think it is important to note for the class teacher what happened and content covered. I think this would be greatly appreciated by the returning class teacher.
I am not applying for many jobs but I found the standard application form overwhelming to start with. I overcame this by reminding myself why I am in this career and I found myself including these points in places throughout my standard application form. I am a newly qualified teacher; people are interested to see what strategies and approaches I have to teaching. I am constantly trying to think outside the box of how a lesson can be made active and fun and engage all children. When I begin to think of this, I get very excited and eager to begin my career.
So far, I have been taking these steps mentioned in my new career as a teacher. I wish all newly qualified teachers the best of luck in your new career and I hope this post helps in your CV and job application process.