How to Become a Teacher – Part 2
We resume our quest to becoming a teacher by looking at applying for a teaching post once you have achieved your relevant subject and teaching degrees. In part one of how to become a teacher we highlighted the minimum education requirements you will need to pursue your chosen path, now we kick on from that.
Your Teaching Career
Now you are fully qualified your next step is finding your first teaching position, to do this you need to understand the job market concerning teachers. As with any job hunting, going about this the right way will give you a better chance of landing your dream job.
The Teaching Market
Teachers are always in demand because education is not a fad, everybody needs education at some point or other. Some subjects, especially academic, such as chemistry, mathematics and languages are always in high demand as there are generally less teachers qualified to teach them. Perhaps this is worth considering, even if it means taking an additional degree, it could be really beneficial in the long run.
Another area of teaching that is always in great demand are high need schools, these are education establishments that for many reasons have difficulties in attracting teachers. It could be where they are situated or the type of students that study there.
Don’t just apply for positions with a shotgun approach, firstly do your homework and make sure your teaching qualifications fit the minimum requirement of the school, state, country that you are applying. This could save you a great deal of wasted time in traveling and interviews. When you finally do get an interview make sure you are fully prepared for it, if a teacher cannot prepare himself then what chance has he to prepare for a whole class. Your resume should be logical for a future employer to read, it should document your achievements in a chronological order to the point of sitting at the interview.
Don’t just prepare a generic resume, make is fit the job and school you are applying for. Make it easy for the interview board to select you, answer their questions before they even ask them. Some employers require a more formal CV to a simple Resume you better find out before the interview and take the appropriate information with you.
A curriculum vitae provides specific details on your qualifications, background, experiences and is normally three or four pages long. How you present at your interview is also really important, a Laptop and digital presentation shows you embrace technology and have taken time to prepare for this important meeting. Do homework on the establishment you are wishing to join, show your future employers you know about them and their school and what they are renown for.
Then relate how your skills could augment the school’s own values and principals, how you would be the perfect fit. This could be relayed in a teaching statement, which basically is an essay defining your methodology, goals, pedagogy, standards and above all your reason for teaching.
In part three of our blog how to become a teacher, we explore the avenues of what to teach and where to teach, plus other areas of education that may suit better.