Title says it all really I'm currently in my second year of an OU degree and I want to teach in secondary schools eventually. I work full time at the moment and it's getting increasingly difficult to complete the work, do my own job and have a bit of a life.
I've been looking at TA posistions as I'm currently doing 45+ hour week and I am hoping a TA role will give me experience and a better work/life balance whilst I complete my studies but they all want experience?! I can't quit my job, the bills need to be paid so I can't pop in a few hours a day and volunteer. My holiday entitlement is spent in half term, with my DC so I can't do it then either . Does anyone have any wisdom please?
Just apply anyway, citing the experience you have via your own DCs. What's the worst that can happen?
Could you squeeze some volunteer work in somewhere (second time I've suggested it this evening) ie youth club or similar so that although you don't have experience in school, you can show you have experience of dealing with teenagers?
Thanks toomuchicecream I volunteer with my DS football club and could get references from that, it was a few years ago but I'm still friendly with some of the people involved. My time is limited at the moment as my study takes up so much time and any down time I want to spend with my family or catching up on job related admin.
Teaching is tough and the pgce year and NQT year especially so.
However, if you are organised, honest with yourself about work (I.e don’t spend working time gossiping in the staff room) and not too much of a perfectionist, you can be a very good teacher and have a life,
Teachers with balanced lives are also a far better example to the pupils than perfectionist workaholics (and more fun, too) but you do need to find the right school etc.
I really resent the comment about ‘gossiping in the staffroom’. Spending a few minutes talking with your colleagues does not ensure that the overwhelming workload is completed. I have found that colleagues who become friends form a far more supportive environment to work in. Good luck OP, whatever you decide to do - I hope it works out for you.
Resent? Why on earth? It was not aimed at you or anyone in particular. Are you always so thin skinned.
I am thinking about certain colleagues who are always around 8AM until 8PM plus every day but seem to be unable to focus on marking/planning for any serious length of time. If they are enjoying that, it is fine for them; it is personal choice. However, to do that, and the say that you cannot cope with the work load is concerning.
I’d apply anyway - I think lots of jobs say they’re only open to people with experience to put people off applying but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be instantly counted out!
I have an interview tomorrow for a job that requires a minimum of a year’s experience in a similar role. I did a cover letter stating that although I lacked he practical experience, studying in a related field with the OU gave me x, y, and z as transferable skills and made me more than qualified for the position. I didn’t think I’d stand a chance but I always think it’s worth a try!!
If you can afford to work as a TA, and that's what you want to do, go for it. Apply for all vacancies that suit - we always find it difficult to appoint. Very few of our applicants have experience even though our ads always say it's preferred.