Getting any sort of teaching job today is not easy let alone getting one without any prior recorded experience working with children. How can you tackle this? Here are some tips.
Be confident in your abilities
What subjects can you teach properly? What activities can you teach children with minimal effort? If you are convinced that you have the ability to make just about any child happy, you should focus on this when making an application. A school may be wary about your lack of experience but if you talk extensively on how you can teach children poetry for instance in minutes, they will take notice and may offer you a trial. Focusing on your abilities also gives you a better shot at being selected if it is what the school is looking for.
Be ready to start small (salary wise)
You will be paid well below the average teacher salary as someone that lacks prior experience. This is understandable as the employer is taking on some risk in your abilities and also giving you the chance to grow on the job. As you improve and gather more certifications your earning potential will definitely improve. For now it is all about getting in through the door.
Apply to new and less popular schools
These kinds of schools are where you have your best shot of being accepted for a role. A new school for instance will be more willing to take in a mix of experienced and inexperience teachers willing to grow with the school. Of course this also means they won’t have to spend too much on teacher salary as they are starting out. However, they still won’t consider you if you don’t have what they are looking for.
At an early stage of your career it’s vital that you find a decent recruitment agency to help you find positions, this is particulary important if you’ve not yet decided 100% that you want to teach in a state school, but you may be interested in other educational jobs – Randstad education is a good place to start your search.
Cease the opportunity when it comes
You will spend a lot of time in your search for a school that will be willing to take you in without experience working with children. Therefore when you find one, you need to give it your best shot. You will more or less be “standing on one foot” initially so it is in your best interest to ensure you grow in the role by putting in a lot of hard work.
While you can, continue to study towards needed certifications. This will further enhance your stock in teaching circles.