Change of career

(5 Posts)
Immyblue Tue 15-Nov-16 15:22:05

Hi I have been a hairdresser for 10years and since having my little boy I am wanting a change in career, I want to be a teaching assistant but have no experience or qualification. What is the best way to go about this? Bearing in mind I can't afford child care to work volenteraly. Do I need to go to college or can I get away with just applying for the job?

indigox Tue 15-Nov-16 22:52:51

TA jobs are competitive, without experience and qualifications you're facing an uphill battle, you're going to be competing against lots of people who have them both. Have you taken a look at the job ads for positions in your local area? It's always worth applying, but I'd be looking at getting a qualification especially if you have no experience working with children.

hutchblue Wed 16-Nov-16 14:22:54

www.education.gov.uk/eypqd/level3.shtml

www.reed.co.uk/courses/teaching-assistant/online

www.stonebridge.uk.com/course/teaching-assistant-cache-level-3-award-in-supporting-teaching-and-learning-in-schools-qcf

Immyblue Tue 22-Nov-16 16:07:29

Thank you for ur advise I am going to look into getting some volentary work in a school also

Greenandmighty Tue 22-Nov-16 21:17:31

I started off working 1 day as a voluntary TA in a further education college (not only schools that recruit TAs). This voluntary role developed into a permanent part time role so I suggest if you are not under pressure to earn yet, try the voluntary route first. You can then test the water. It's important to consider: what age range are you happy working with? Do you prefer to work with SEN children or do you wish to work in classroom as a general support? Qualifications are available and your employer may encourage you to get these once you are established in the school and wish to progress. Good luck.

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