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to think a school admin job is a hard thing to get...

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morefalafel Fri 28-Feb-14 22:45:15

... if you have no school experience?

I have just been offered a part time job in a school which would be amazing for me because of the locality and the hours. A colleague has suggested that they are 10 a penny and that I will easily be offered something better in a school in the next few months if I stick it out and wait (we are all being made redundant)

I had no school experience but vast admin experience and am really happy to be offered it. I think she's underestimating how hard it is to get this kind of job given the market at the moment, and I should snap it up before someone else does. AIBU?

ITCouldBeWorse Fri 28-Feb-14 22:45:44


lookingfoxy Fri 28-Feb-14 22:46:43

Snap it up!!

Bluestocking Fri 28-Feb-14 22:48:09

My impression is that these jobs are like rocking horse poo! Grab this one while you can.

HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs Fri 28-Feb-14 22:48:37

YANBU! Well done on the job offer smile

23balloons Fri 28-Feb-14 22:48:44

Definitely really hard to get round here, though some pay a pittance and others a more reasonable wage. It's all about balance and what suits you.

I take less pay for great hours flexibility and lots of holidays. When the kids are older I would prefer more hours &pay.

WorraLiberty Fri 28-Feb-14 22:48:56

I don't get her reasoning

Even if you were offered something better, why wouldn't you take this job in the meantime?

Oh and she is BU, they're not 10 a penny at all.

Many office workers would give their right arms for a job with 12 weeks holidays...although they might have trouble typing one handed grin

Silkyandmoonface Fri 28-Feb-14 22:50:52

Extremely hard to get because a we have highly qualified people going for them because their child attends the school and it is a rare school hours, term time only contract.
Bite their hand off!

RedPencils Fri 28-Feb-14 22:55:27

every mum on the school playground will go for it. definitely not 10 a penny.

ITCouldBeWorse Fri 28-Feb-14 22:56:46

I wonder if your colleague wants it?

greenbananas Fri 28-Feb-14 22:57:35

Yes, take it!

If you are confident dealing with children and parents, and have enough admin experience to cope, you will absolutely love this job.

These jobs are not ten a penny, no way! School admin is quite a specialised field these days.

I did a bit of time working in a school office just before DS1 was born and I really enjoyed it even though it was just a temporary thing for me. I have admin experience, but got this temp job just because I was a community school governor and was a convenient person to take on in the short term (I also worked in the preschool and as a classroom assistant - I am versatile smile )

I found the school systems creaky, outdated and and kind of confusing. But maybe you are more talented than me!!

Good luck with this.

morefalafel Fri 28-Feb-14 22:59:58

She has a family member who has worked in schools for 20 years, so her view that you can easily get a school job is coloured by that. I agree, once you are in, its easier to find other school roles. But that initial break is hard to get.

It was quite a tough interview process and I was quite proud to have made it though it all. Before she pissed on my chips!

WorraLiberty Fri 28-Feb-14 23:03:52

Well of course it's easier for her family member, because they have experience.

Just put her whiny arsed opinion out of your mind.

She can only piss on your chips if you open the bag and hand them to her.

Topseyt Fri 28-Feb-14 23:08:53

They are not ten a penny at all. They can be much sought after when/if they come up.

They are jobs which are, for the most part, term time only and with all school holidays off. Thus, childcare issues are minimal, and that is a holy grail to parents who would like to work but can't afford the right childcare and do not have family living locally. I am not being derogatory, as there are no easy options, but I would have given my right arm for something along those lines (I never got it).

Take the job if you believe you would enjoy it, and ignore her carping. She clearly hasn't a clue what she is on about.

LyndaCartersBigPants Fri 28-Feb-14 23:13:09

Congratulations, take the job! Anything term time and school hours is really sought after, not at all common.

WorraLiberty Fri 28-Feb-14 23:15:06

Oh and if she tries to piss on your chips again

Just stab her in the fanny with your fork.

Hogwash Fri 28-Feb-14 23:17:17

We have all sorts of over-qualified teaching assistants and admin staff at our local school - snap it up. Finding a job that fits in with school hours is stupidly hard.

Morloth Fri 28-Feb-14 23:27:23

Bite their hands off.

I had a look at this sort of job when I was going back to work.

It was easier to get the job that pays $100k a year (pro rata) than to get the school admin position!

BrianTheMole Sat 01-Mar-14 01:02:59

Very hard to get. Take the job, and well done.

Finola1step Sat 01-Mar-14 01:07:08

Grab it. Oh and I agree with Worra

Effic Sat 01-Mar-14 01:22:54

We had over 300 applicants for the last school secretary role we had - double the amount of applicants we got for a teaching position that was advertised at the same time! They rarely come up as they are usually filled by mums with young children who like the hours/term time only and so they stick in the job till their kids are at secondary school. In about 30 years, our school has apparently had about 13 different heads but only 4 different school secretaries!

FloozeyLoozey Sat 01-Mar-14 01:28:09

The office staff are shit at my son's school so I highly doubt the positions were popular! They are lovely, but so scatty and disorganised. I'm a civil service office manager and manage a large department. I would never hire the women in our school office.

SomethingProfound Sat 01-Mar-14 01:53:51

Congratulations, these jobs are most definitely not "ten a penny" snap it up with both hands!

ravenAK Sat 01-Mar-14 02:25:35

Grab it.

There's absolutely nothing stopping you throwing it back out there if it doesn't suit you, once you;ve given it a go, after all.

Congratulations smile.

MomOfTwoGirls2 Sat 01-Mar-14 09:39:55

Congrats And well done OP! Those jobs are like gold dust, I personally only know one person who managed to find a similar position.

Don't mind your friend, sounds sour grapes to me. Some people don't do 'happy for others'... Is your friend one of these??

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