Session 194: Advice for Progressing up the Teaching Career Ladder

-Date: Thursday 20th March 2014 – Hosted by @ICTMagic.

The session focused on the following questions:

Q1 What has been the best career advice you have been given?

Q2 Is the ultimate goal of CPD to acquire the skills to get the next promotion?

Q3 The interview procedure has become an educational Krypton Factor. How do/would you conduct the process?

Q4 What are you top tips for writing applications/CVs?

Q5 Down time: There’s often lots of waiting around on interview day. How should you use this time?

Q6 What are your top tips for interviews (from both sides of the table)?

Q7 Is teaching still the job for life it once was? Where next?

Q8 Have you had any interview nightmares or funny incidents?

Q9 Where do you usually search for jobs? Do you look often & are you actively looking now?

Session Summary

Careers advice is an interesting area to discuss. Everyone has different goals, experience and, of course, opinions.

The discussion begin with a simple question, ‘What has been the best career advice you have been given?’ The advice was varied and helpful to those seeking to reach the next step in their careers.

[pullquote]Is the ultimate goal of CPD to acquire the skills to get the next promotion?[/pullquote]Next, I asked the provocative question ‘Is the ultimate goal of CPD to acquire the skills to get the next promotion?’ To my delight, most people responded that CPD is for improving your classroom and professional practise, and that developing skills to further your careers is a happy by product.

Next we discussed the myriad of different tasks now employed for teacher interviews, which make them feel like a cross between University Challenge and the Crystal Maze. Lesson observations now seem ubiquitous and assessment tasks are becoming increasingly common.

The discussion turned to completing application forms and writing CVs. Two comments really stuck with me. Firstly, you cannot write a good CV without having a varied and interesting set of experiences to draw upon, so it is essential to ensure that you have interests and experience both within and outside of teaching. The second point was that we are often the worst people to write about ourselves. Ask colleagues, friends and even you mum to suggest things that you have done which may make your CV a rounded and diverse document. It is a good idea to write a list of professional achievements as they happen, rather than waiting until the deadline of your dream job is looming. A CV should be a working document which should be updated constantly.

The chat continued by talking about interview advice, but there were some many great ideas and insightful comments that I suggest you read the archive.

Whatever position you are trying to get, it is important to remember that the application starts years earlier, in that it is the culmination of your professional experience, knowledge and skills which will be assessed and scrutinised. So it is important to build a diverse ‘self’. This will help your career prospects, but it will also make you a better educator.

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