teaching-itThe explosion of the internet usage in the 90’s brought about major changes in the job industry. One of the most visible changes is the growth of the IT industry. Currently, most businesses and government functions occur online. This creates a need for knowledgeable teachers train people on the various aspects.

There is definitely more IT teaching opportunities in the various primary and secondary schools in the UK. These opportunities came about when the government realized the potential of this growing industry. The earlier you expose kids to IT related content, the better they become when they pursue future careers in this industry. Thus, you will find many opportunities to teach IT in these preparatory institutions. Private schools are a great avenue for you to push your IT teaching skills to a new level. Such schools are heavily funded by industry and normally have the latest IT teaching material.

If you want to teach more advanced IT courses, you can get such opportunities in most colleges in the UK. Colleges are mostly focused on teaching how abstract knowledge might be put into practice. Moreover, colleges offering IT teaching opportunities experiment on how IT might be adopted in other related industries. Thus, if you choose to teach in such colleges, you will benefit from the application of IT technology in different sectors. You will therefore have to learn a wider range of courses to enable you to succeed in your teaching practice. This will significantly add on to your workload and might affect your work and life balance.

There are also teaching opportunities for graduate or recent graduates within the IT industry. Such opportunities are mostly found in universities. Teaching IT at the university is mostly theory based. You will therefore flourish if you already have a taste of university life. If you want to further your IT studies into s Masters or PhD level, teaching is a great way to both give and gain new knowledge. Your professors are a valuable resource to help you get into university IT teaching opportunities. You might also benefit by checking for such opportunities in your university career centre if you are a recent graduate.

You might also choose to teach IT for free or organize for IT classes within your community. You can organize classes for students in primary and secondary schools during their school breaks. You can also charge private tuition to help such students improve their IT skills. The tuition can be extended to both college and university students. Confirm the necessary labor laws before starting such classes. If you just want to share knowledge, you might organise free IT classes in your local town hall or join existing IT hubs in your area and teach.

Part time teaching opportunities in IT are also available. Part time opportunities are great if you cannot find full time opportunities or when you have another job. As a part time teacher, you will shadow the full time IT teachers or have your own separate classes. If you have the energy, you can enroll for part time teaching at various institutions. This is a great way to gain teaching experience from several institutions and make some extra pounds. If you want to pursue this line of teaching, make sure that your classes do not clash and avoid taking up too much responsibility.

Finally, there is an expanding market for freelance IT tutors in industry. The continual demand for skills in Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, means that IT training Companies are always looking for skilled teachers. Contracts are usually on a self-employed freelance basis and have the advantage of being flexible in respect of   working hours. All that is normally required is certificate in adult education such as the City & Guilds PTTLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Sector). Microsoft Certification is also an advantage and available through IT training providers such as Paul Brown Associates Limited who provide Microsoft Office short courses.

 

If  you are an IT teacher looking for full or part time work, there are plenty of opportunities in the UK for freelance tutors. With a minimum requirement of a City & Guilds 7303 PTTLS certificate or higher, you can £200+ per day teaching MS Office, Access, Excel, Outlook , PowerPoint and Word. Microsoft accreditation is also required by training providers, but some will allow this to be worked towards ‘on the job’.

Freelance IT tutors are self employed and frequently work for several training providers. In this way you can work as little or as much as your circumstances allow, with no obligating contract on either side.

Paul Brown Training Ltd are a provider based in North Lincolnshire, but they deliver Microsoft Office training right across the UK through their network of experienced freelance trainers. They specialise in onsite training at clients’ own premises and also provide public Microsoft courses in London. You can talk to them on freefone 0800 2922842.

The (PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education) will be the first stepping stone for many in their teaching careers. Lincoln University offer a 1 year course which has been carefully developed in collaboration with their partner schools, to ensure a curriculum and mode of teaching that is in line with employer expectations.

The academic content of this programme is intellectually and practically integrated with Initial Teacher Training at one of their partner institutions’ School-Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Centres*, so that trainees emerge from the course with an understanding of how academic knowledge and research are integral to their own careers and to the development of secondary education.

You will be taught by academics who are actively engaged in educational research at the forefront of their field. Academics work together with teachers who are supporting training in schools, to ensure that trainees get the most from both aspects of the programme. For more information call Lincoln University on 01522 886212.

The uncertainty aspect in job interviews is an unsettling factor. Not only do different teaching institutions look for different characteristics when hiring teachers, but also different interviewers have their own unique style. Nevertheless, there is a common benchmark in most job interviews for teachers. Having a solid foundation on the common interview questions puts you a step closer to getting the job.

Interview Questions to Get to Know You Better

An interview is the major tool a potential employer uses to gauge whether you are as good as your papers say you are. Thus, an interviewer normally begins with asking questions about you.

The best way to answer these questions is to be as truthful as possible. Telling fibs about yourself will show in your body language. If you do not feel comfortable answering a personal question, inform the interviewer and give him your reasons. However, you have a right to remain silent if the interview asks an illegal interview question.

Questions about the Choice of Institution

The interviewer will want to know why you want to teach in that particular institution. Expect questions in this area if you are moving from one region of the UK to another.

Answer this question by highlighting some positive aspects of that particular institution. Prior research on the institution is especially important if you are applying for a job in a new region. Show your willingness to integrate within the community if attending an interview in a new region. Take as much time as you need to elaborate your answers.

Questions Regarding Your Teaching Style

Most institutions are very particular about the style of teaching of their potential teachers. Such institutions will thus ask you questions relating to: your philosophy on homework and class participation, how you manage your time, your strength and weaknesses when it comes to teaching etc.

Being open about these questions prevents a scenario where you get a job in an institution where you end up feeling caged. However, you also need to express your willingness of adopting the teaching culture of that institution. Always highlight your adaptability and ability to learn fast.

Emotional Intelligence Questions

Good teaching greatly depends on emotional intelligence. Your possible employers will want to know how good you are when it comes to handling people. The younger the students you are applying to teach, the more important emotional intelligence becomes. To figure out your emotional intelligence, the employer will normally ask you questions centered on a particular scenario.

There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to emotional intelligence questions. This is unless the employer is very particular about the fit of the candidate that he is looking for. Your answers to these questions depend on the audience you will be teaching.

How Can You Contribute to this Institution?

These questions try to find out how you will fit in the culture of the institution. You might have the required skills but that does not necessarily mean that you will fit in the institution.

Such questions are especially important in private educational intuitions run by religious institutions or specific interest  groups. It is in your self interest to make your stand known to avoid hating every day you go to work. If something is against your principles, speak plainly when answering your interviewer’s questions.

 

Since the invention of the personal computer, computers have changed everything about the way people interact. As the internet spread, computer skills became more indispensible. Currently, with most services going online, everyone needs to learn new computer skills and improve on their existing skills.

The current digital age means that there will always be a demand for teachers who can offer quality computer skills. People now need social networking skills. Such skills are necessary since most of our communication is done either in social networking sites or through email. There is also need for computer skills related to career and job development. Using sites such as LinkedIn is now indispensible for most workers. Moreover, people whose jobs are primarily computer based need teachers to help them in their computer skills. Thus, bankers, writers, graphic designers etc will always need to be taught computer skills. There is definitely a demand for people who can offer quality computer skills.

The best way to teach these skills is to apply for jobs in any institution offering computer courses in the UK. You can also choose to organize your own specialized computer classes in a particular niche market. Teaching in institutions has its advantages and disadvantages. While institutions guarantee a steady income, you are limited as to the nature of content that you can teach. However, organizing your own teaching might be fulfilling intellectually but you will be subject to the uncertainties of business cycles. It is therefore a good idea to have some saving before venturing on your own to teach computer skills.

One of the most popular computer skills is the use of Microsoft Office. This is largely because of the availability of Microsoft Office in most computers. Thus, creating courses tailored made on the different components of Microsoft Office is a great way to structure your computer teaching courses. However, with the rise of Apple products and other word software, it is a good idea to widen your teaching knowledge. Thus, learning and offering computer skills focused on Google Docs, OpenOffice, Zoho Docs etc is a great way to widen the scope of the computer knowledge of your students.

To gain more credibility as a computer skills teacher and to increase your chances of career progression, it is a good idea to update your teaching skills. If you are a university trained teacher, you can update your computer skills by enrolling for a Masters or a PhD degree related to a specialized area. Alternatively, teachers can update their computer skills by enrolling for Microsoft Certification courses. These courses are available online or in certified training centres. Considering the growth of this industry, the best way to go about updating your skills is keeping an open and active mind.

Therefore, take advantage of any opportunity to learn more about the computer skills that you teach. You can gain knowledge by attending industry conferences discussing new developments in this industry. Books are also a valuable source of information that you can always use in the comfort of your home. Moreover, listen to free webinars online or watch videos on sites such as TEDx or YouTube. Subscribe to Tech blogs and online magazines. Information gained from such efforts should be incorporated into your lessons to make them livelier and pique the interest of your students.

microsoft-trainingCareer progression in today’s fast paced world largely depends on continuous improvement. It is no longer sufficient to have your university qualifications that you received eons ago. You always need to be working towards getting new certifications to improve your knowledge, boost your earning potential, and be more effective in your current job.

A Microsoft Certification course is one of the great courses that everyone should enroll for. As the name suggests, these courses are the brainchild of the Microsoft Corporation. The courses have been offered since the early days of the inception of Microsoft.

Largely, these courses focus on providing you with deeper knowledge of particular Microsoft products. While most people are familiar with Microsoft Office, there are many other Microsoft products in the market are niche targeted.  Since some of the Microsoft products are highly technical, it is therefore a great idea to acquire certification to prove your proficiency.

If interested in enrolling for these courses, the best place to start is the Microsoft online learning center. On the site, you will receive further guidance on how to enroll for the courses. However, there are many independently run centres that offer these courses. Paul Brown Associates Limited are a leading UK training provider with a proven track record. They specialise in onsite training and can deliver Microsoft courses at clients’ offices anywhere in the country.

The final decisions of where you want to take up the courses will depend on your learning style. If you are comfortable spending long hours studying on your own, the best place to enroll for the courses is using Microsoft’s e-learning center. However, if you learn best in classrooms, it might be a great idea to enroll for the physical classes offered by some centres.

The average cost of taking the courses online is around $40. Taking the courses from a private provider might cost you more than that. Make sure that the private provider offering the courses is Microsoft certified before you enroll.

After choosing where to enroll, your key focus should be passing the exam. Some of the courses have a relatively high pass mark. You will therefore need to be strategic in your studies. If you choose to take the online courses, Microsoft provides study aids that you will find useful in your exam preparations.

The site offers either instructor led training. You can also choose to lead the training yourself. While you can source most of the study material from the Microsoft website, it is a good idea to check out other websites that provide similar material. Studying using this route requires the highest form of discipline from your part.

If you have enrolled in a certified center, your teachers are a valuable source of knowledge that you should use during your studies. Additionally, joining a committed study group is a great idea to augment your individual study efforts.

The Microsoft Certified Database Administrator is one of the most prized courses. Another popular course is the Microsoft Certified Application Developer. Generally, there are several courses in broad areas such as databases, desktop, developer etc. You can take as many courses as you wish. Should you fail to pass the first time, Microsoft offers a free exam retake on certain conditions.

These courses are a great way to boost your career. Most of the knowledge acquired by taking the courses will be useful in your entire career. Some courses do require renewal of the certification after some time.  Moreover, you can upgrade your certification if a new course comes up.

interviewCongratulations, a potential employer has shortlisted you. The employer now wishes to have an interview before making the final decision on your candidacy. The interview is the final hurdle for you to overcome in order to land on the job of your dreams. This article gives you some tips you can apply to perform well at your interview.

Preparing For Your Interview

Get as much detail as you possibly can to enable you prepare for your interview. For starters, know the time and place of the interview. Confirm whether it would be a group interview, panel interview, or a solo interviewer.

Know as much as you can about the company that will be interviewing you. Brush up your answers to common interview questions. Try to have a mock interview before the actual interview. Practicing your answers boosts your confidence levels. Shop for some official wear if you do not already have some.

Dressing for Success

How you look determines whether people judge you favorably or otherwise. Your dressing is an important factor when it comes to your looks. Always attend your interviews dressed in office wear. Keep in mind that not all office wear is equal.

When it comes to dressing, how much you spend on a piece of clothing is irrelevant. If you can buy designer labels, go ahead and do it. Regardless of where you shop, aim for a neat professional look. Shop for conservative colors such as navy blue, grey, or black. Make sure your clothes are of the right fit to guarantee your comfort during the interview.

The Interview

Arrive early for your interview. When ushered into the interview room, great the interviewer(s) with a firm handshake and a smile. Watch your body language since over 70% of human communication occurs through body language.

Answer the interviewer(s) questions concisely and truthfully. If you do not know an answer to a particular question, ask for more clarification or tell the interviewer that you do not know the answer. The purpose of the interview is to get to know a potential candidate better. Thus, show the best aspects of your personality during the interview.

Do not regurgitate what is written on your CV or give canned answers. If you are before a panel interview, always speak while shifting your gaze from one interviewer to another. When in a group interview, do not try to monopolize the answering of questions or blatantly try to outshine the rest of the interviewees.

You should ask as many questions as you wish during the interview. This is where the research you conducted comes in handy. However, it is not a good idea to start asking questions related to your pay before the interviewer offers you a job.

After the Interview 

Conclude your interview by asking the interviewer the date they will make their final decision. Verbally thank the interviewer(s) and shake their hands at the end of the interview. If you feel that you missed something during the interview, send the company a thank you email and include what you missed in the email.

Do not call the company before the date when they informed you that they will make their final decision. Moreover, any type of canvassing must be avoided as you will get disqualified when found out. If the company makes an offer to you, you can now negotiate issues relating to your salary.

Finding teaching jobs requires some deliberate effort from your end. Depending on where you want to work, there are different sources of acquiring information on teaching job openings. This process requires total commitment. Finding a teaching job is a job. This article discusses possible sources for you to find teaching jobs.

University Career Service

If you are acquiring teaching training from a university in the UK, make use of your institution’s career service to help you find a job. University services are usually run by lecturer’s within the universities. The best universities normally collaborate with industry in an effort to find their students jobs.

The main benefit of university career services is the availability of career mentorship. You will have to pay for such luxuries once you graduate from the university. Some university career services also provide direct placement to the best of their students. Therefore, ensure that you get good grades.

The Newspapers

Newspapers are a valuable source of information when it comes to finding teaching jobs. When employers paste ads in newspapers, they are usually trying to attract the best possible talent in the market. While this is a positive thing, keep in mind that newspaper ads will attract more applications thanks to the publicity.

The best schools usually advertise in both national and local UK newspapers. If you are looking to move to another region in the UK, you will find more job ads in national newspapers. The main disadvantage of local newspapers is that they have fewer job posts since they focus on the local job market.

Networking

People always feel more comfortable working with their friends or with those that they already know. Thus, while you might see ads in the newspapers, most jobs are filled internally despite the advertisement.

While this sounds unfair, you can exploit this fact by making an effort to network. Networking gives you an opportunity to find out about job opportunities before they become public knowledge. The best place to start networking it within your already existing social circle. You can also network within professional organizations or by attending teacher’s meetings.

Local Authorities

If your main interest is working within your locality, the best place to find out about job openings is your local authority. Local authorities usually have advertising boards where various schools within the locality put up a notice on available job vacancies.

Some local authorities regularly put up job opportunities available in their locality. Contact your local authority today to find out about any job openings. It is always a good idea to visit the person in charge of this task within your local authority. Moreover, regularly visiting your local authority’s website will assist you to find out about available teaching job openings.

Career Fairs

Attending job fairs is a great way to find out about available teaching job opportunities. Most universities hold regular career fairs. Employers in university career fairs try to snap teaching talent before graduation. There are also regular career fairs held at different dates in the various regions in the UK.

If you are attending a university career fair, come prepared with your CV at hand. University career fairs offer a great opportunity to network. For other types of career fairs, always attend them while dressed officially. Follow up on any leads that you receive.

 

teacherTeaching is a noble profession. It gives you an opportunity to shape the lives of your learners forever. Most of us remember that one great teacher who gave her all in her work. Working as a teacher is also a great way to make a decent income. To enjoy all these benefits, you need to get some proper training.

Going to Varsity

Joining varsity to take teaching degrees is the most popular way to get trained as a teacher in the UK. Most students prefer this route considering the quality of scholarship and social life that universities offer.

If your parents cannot pay your tuition fees, several student loan providers will assist you to make your dream come true. While you will save a considerable amount of pounds going to foreign universities, this is not recommended as you will find it harder to land a job once you graduate.

The Teach First Programme

If you are eager to join the teaching profession as soon as possible, joining a teach first training program might be the best route for you to acquire teaching training. This route also gives you an opportunity to test the waters as to whether you are suited for the teaching profession.

This type of training program is normally provided by schools that have students not performing to their best possible intellectual capacities. Within two years of working in a school offering this program, you will gain teaching qualifications. You also have the opportunity to further your studies by taking a Masters course in teaching.

School-Centred Initial Teacher Training

As the name suggests, you will gain your teaching qualification while working in a particular school. If you are interested in pursuing this method of training, do some research on the schools that have been approved to offer this type of training in the UK.

This type of training largely relies on gaining practical teaching experience. The training is supervised by experienced teacher who might give you some valuable insight on what you need to be successful and help you with leads on future job opportunities. This is a great way to build your professional network.

School Direct Training Programme

In this type of training, you will gain your teaching qualification by working in a particular school offering this training. At times, different schools will collaborate to offer training. In such a case, you have the opportunity to gain experience from different institutions.

This program offers salaried training opportunities for graduates with over three years work experience.  The unsalaried option of this program is a great way for you to get teachers training without going to university. Given the choice, choose to get your training in reputable schools to increase your future employment prospects.

Conclusion

As discussed above, there are many ways for you to get trained as a teacher. Considering the rising costs of tuition fees in most varsities, it is a great idea to explore the on the job training options. Nevertheless, if you choose to go to varsity, strive to get admitted in the most reputable schools.

Teaching is a viable career option. The training you go through in your effort to join this career will play a major role in determining your future success. Depending on your individual needs, you can explore any of the training methods discussed in this article.

primary-schoolWith your qualifications in hand, you are out in the streets looking for your first job. How you go about looking for the job is very important. Considering the rising unemployment rates among recent graduates in the UK, you need a solid strategy to enable you to land in your first job.

Choosing a Location

Ideally, focus your job search on any of the three regions of the UK. You have a choice of working in England, Scotland, or Wales. There are both advantages and disadvantages of working in any of these three regions.

For starters, it is a good idea to apply in the region that you currently reside in. This saves you from incurring extra costs for relocation. However, you can choose to relocate to a region that has the possibility of offering you higher wages or better working conditions. Whatever you settle for, do your homework before settling for a particular region.

Having the Right Qualifications

Having the right qualifications puts you ahead of the competition as you search for your first job. There is stiff competition for entry level teaching jobs. This is compounded by the fact that citizens of Europe’s member states can easily apply for work permits in the UK.

In Scotland, you must hold a teaching qualification and registered with the General Teaching Council of Scotland. For Scotland, get registered with the General Teaching Council for Wales after acquiring your teaching qualification. The same requirements apply if you are looking for a job in England.

Job Adverts and Your CV

The local newspapers normally advertise any job openings in teaching.  The internet is also a valuable tool to help you find possible job openings. If you are looking for a job in a region where you are not originally from, it might be a good idea to hire the services of a job agency.

A reputable job agency might give you better leads on available job openings. Some job agencies will also brush up your CV thereby increasing your chances of getting the job. Nevertheless, you can choose to work on your CV yourself to save costs.

Networking

While your qualifications are important, networking during your job searching period is indispensable. Considering the competitive environment of the current UK market, actively networking on a regular basis might help you land on a job opening as some openings are usually filled internally.

Attending professional teaching industry meetings is a great place to network. You might also join professional networking groups in your region and get to know the teachers. Working in paid or unpaid internships is also an opportunity for you to be hired permanently or find out job openings in the institution you are interning with.

Probation Periods

Scotland’s regulations require a probation period for new teachers. Moreover, it is more rigorous getting a job in Scotland if you did not acquire your qualification in the region. Some schools might also have either partially paid or unpaid probation periods. Make sure to confirm this during your interview or before signing any contract with your employer.

Looking for your first job is an exciting adventure. By applying the tips provided in the article, you will reduce some of the common pitfalls in searching for your first job. Nevertheless, patience and persistence are indispensable considering the current job climate.