Christine’s UCD to UK Teaching Story – KS Education Ltd

 

 

 

christineI didn’t start out being sure I wanted to become a teacher, but at the age of 22 I don’t think anyone is sure about anything! After I secured my degree, I knew a life of scientific research wasn’t for me and I decided to apply to the Professional Diploma in Education at UCD.

When I got my acceptance I was delighted, nervous, but excited about what the year would bring. The year flew in and before I knew it, it was time to start looking for a job. A real job. I spent the summer applying left, right, and centre – I got a few interviews but it always came back to the dreaded “lack of experience”. I came across KS education completely by accident, and I’m so glad I did.

Within a few days I had done a video profile with the lovely Maeve and got an interview for a school in Kent, England. It was a bit of a whirlwind as the school wanted me to start straight away, so I didn’t have time to think about the enormity of what I was doing. After a few months I wasn’t entirely happy within the school, but as ever Maeve was on hand to help out. She got me another interview, this time in Essex and I moved up there a short time later.

I was so much happier there and the school put me straight on the NQT programme which really helped. I had a mentor assigned to me who was there to guide me through the process. There was regular meetings and observations of my lessons. The programme was intense but it certainly made me a better teacher because I was getting clear feedback on a regular basis. That doesn’t happen in Ireland – you are left to your own devices which may sound nice but you can pick up some very bad habits without realising.

Now back in the Emerald isle for personal reasons, I often wish I was back in the UK. In the UK I knew what was expected of me, I had a mentor beyond my NQT year, I was offered relevant school-based CPD on a regular basis, but above all I had job security. I was permanent. I was valued. I have a short-term contract in Ireland now, but I hope that my time in the UK will help me in landing a more permanent job in the near future; I know I have a wealth of experience to draw on. Although not the smoothest of journeys, I can easily as that I had the best introduction to my teaching career I could have had. I learned a huge amount in 18 months, not just about teaching, but about myself.

Christine, 28, UCD Graduate 2013

 

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Why should Irish teachers teach in the UK? Advice from Timeplan Education

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Why should Irish teachers teach in the UK?

Irish trained teachers are often highly sought after in British schools. The teacher recruitment crisis throughout the UK is well documented and now many schools rely heavily on recruitment agencies to spend the time and effort vetting and processing teachers from overseas for roles in schools.  Irish teachers in particular are in high demand; the similar curriculum, lack of a language barrier and no visa restrictions means that teachers from Ireland settle in comparatively quicker than their overseas counterparts.

Graduating as a new teacher in Ireland often poses its own problems as many teachers struggle to find the 300 teaching hours to complete their PQE or the 100 days required in their Probation Year.  A recent report from the OECD discovered that “more than half of all secondary teachers under the age of 30 are on contracts of a year or less”. However, the opportunity to complete their 300 hours/100 days in the UK is something that is overlooked by many teachers who are often working part time sub-teaching in their hometowns, struggling to make up their teaching hours.

Many Irish teachers are drawn to the Middle East for teaching opportunities and whilst this is great experience to add to a CV, it does not contribute to their registration, unlike the UK.  TimePlan Education facilitate this by helping teachers into permanent roles where, with the assistance of the schools, they can fulfil their registration as recognised by the ITC.

However, living and working in England or Scotland is not solely for teachers who have recently graduated. It can often stand them in good stead to find their dream job once they return home. One Irish TimePlan Teacher told us “I have gained great experience teaching in England which has made me stand out when applying for jobs in Ireland”.

 

What should you expect in a UK classroom?

For any newly qualified teacher in the UK they’ll find the support provided by the schools ensures they feel comfortable stepping into their new role. Additionally, most schools provide continual professional development (CPD) training to ensure they are aware of the latest national curriculum updates and that they feel consistently supported, whether they’re are a newly qualified or an experienced teacher.  Structure is a stringent part of any British classroom, so any Irish trained teacher will be well aware what is expected from them and their students. Non-teaching time will often be incorporated into a teacher’s timetable to ensure full support in lesson planning and marking time is available in school hours, this will contribute to their portfolio as evidence of their completion of their induction year.

The social spectrum of any classroom ensures you can benefit from a chance to experience a variety of cultures and opinions, all within one classroom; a diversity that is not true for most schools around the world.

The shortage of teachers in the UK coupled with the abundance of enthusiastic recently qualified teachers in Ireland looking to complete their PQE/Probation, as well as broaden their CV, means there is no better time for Irish teachers to consider a teaching opportunity here in the UK.

In 2016, TimePlan will be touring Ireland, attending education university fairs, holding presentations and conducting interviews. Schools hire all year round so get in touch if you’re living in Ireland and would like to consider a teaching opportunity in the UK.

 

Watch Melanie talk about why she chose TimePlan and what she’s most looking forward to about teaching in the UK!

 

 

Contact our Irish Coordinator Jade Loftus at ireland@timeplan.net for more information about teaching in England or Scotland.  

Where to Teach in London? A blog by Tradewind Recruitment.

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One of the most common questions teachers have when they moving from Ireland to London is where exactly they should teach. Here are some of the things you might want to consider when making this decision!

Teaching in North London

North London includes boroughs such as Camden, Islington, Enfield, Brent, Harrow, and Haringey. This area has a reputation for being more prosperous than the rest of the city but, as is typical across much of London, there is a huge mix.

Teaching in East London

The East of London includes boroughs such as Hackney, Newham, Barking, and Tower Hamlets. The East End of London has a very rich history because this is where new immigrants traditionally stayed when they first arrived. On a slightly more sinister, but equally as interesting note, it is also where Jack the Ripper and the Kray Twins made their names!

Teaching in South London

South London includes boroughs such as Lewisham, Southwark, Bromley, and Lambeth. This part of the city can feel less busy, and there are some particularly beautiful areas such as Greenwich and Blackheath which are very popular places to live.

Teaching in West London

West London includes places such as Hounslow, Hammersmith, Ealing, Kensington & Chelsea, and Hillingdon so the choice is bountiful! Some of the most exclusive areas can be found in this part of the city, as well as some of the most desirable properties.

 

What is it like?

We help many teachers move from overseas to the UK, in particular teachers from Ireland. If you have not travelled to UK before you are bound to be wondering what it is like to teach in the city. We have taken comments from existing teachers and put together an overview of what you can expect when moving to UK to be a teacher.

Experience the Culture

If you are coming from Ireland you may not expect there to be many cultural differences, however we expect you may be surprised. Everyone takes some time to adjust to somewhere new. On the whole, people are very considerate in London and you will often witness people giving up their seat on the tube for someone that may need it more.

Gain Amazing Life Experiences

There are over three and a half thousand schools in London covering all age groups and special schools. The range of students is diverse and London will allow you to experience a multicultural society that you can’t get elsewhere. If you are looking to advance your teacher skills whilst having fun then this is the place for you to be!

London is the ideal base for travelling Europe during your time off as you can easily pick up a cheap flight to Europe from any of the London based airports.

Getting Around

For most people moving to the UK for the first time a car is a bit of an unnecessary luxury, at least initially. That means for the most part you’re likely to be relying on public transport. Thankfully, in most cities the public transport provision is very good. In London specifically, it’s one of the more ideal ways to get around.  Travel in the capital is incredibly straightforward, with buses, trains, and the Tube underground rail system. All of these are covered by the Oyster Card system, allowing you to travel just by tapping the pre-paid card against readers on buses or when you enter or leave a station.
Tradewind Recruitment and SANZA Teaching Agency Specialising in the recruitment of Teachers and Support Staff for schools and nurseries throughout the UK.

 

 

Using Social Media and Personal Branding to get a teaching job! Engage Education Ireland

 

 

 

 

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Social Media is not the first place a teacher will look when starting the perilous hunt for a job post qualification. But the truth is, Social Media is the way forward for teachers looking for teaching positions! Consider this; out of the 6.3 billion people in the world, 4.8 billion own a mobile phone – only 4.2 billion own a toothbrush. (Yuck!)

At Engage Education Ireland we find that increasingly our teachers come to us through Social Media platforms. We hope that this blog can help you to brand yourself more effectively on Social Media and ultimately help you secure a teaching job!

 

Why is it important to brand yourself correctly? All teachers have an online presence whether on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn and when you apply for a teaching job, one of the first things a prospective employer will do is google your name. What you put on your accounts says a lot about you as a person! What do you think a Principal would say about your profile?

The difference is whether you choose to consciously mould that branding to suit you or whether you let it define you without your input. Check out our top hints and tricks to improve your personal branding online below!

Facebook:

  • Make sure to make your profile private, and change your settings on posts and photos to ‘friends’.
  • Connect with other teachers, stay part of your PME group on Facebook (for future jobs that might come up in other schools).
  • Join groups for your subject area.
  • Update your work & University profile.

Twitter:

  • Create and share valuable educational content, add Principals, recruiters, other teachers.
  • Use hashtags to search for jobs #jobs #teaching #teachers #education #opportunities.

 

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LinkedIn:

  • If you don’t have a LinkedIn then our advice is definitely set one up! You will thank us for it later 😉
  • The most professional of the websites & extremely important to brand yourself well here.
  • Use a professional photo of yourself. No to the trout pout & dress professional!
  • Make sure your information is up to date and correct. We want to see when you graduated, what schools you worked in, and what levels you have taught!
  • Use a good headline – John Smith | Enthusiastic Teacher looking for a new post.
  • Add other teachers, Principals and recruiters – Grow your network!

 

These rules apply in our own lives, but also as teachers we can educate our students on digital citizenship. Digital Citizenship is the concept of preparing students for the safe use of technology in a society increasingly obsessed with social media. Think about how you can incorporate healthy digital citizenship into your lessons. If we, as teachers set a standard, hopefully the students will follow.

 

Engage Education Ireland are based in St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2 and we are all teachers! We are passionate about teaching and hold workshops on Social Media, Personal Branding, and Teaching in the UK. Contact Rachel.travers@engageeducation.ie or call 01 554 7302 to find out more.

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Career Zone – Online Learning with the Career Development Centre

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The world of work is constantly evolving so we must be prepared to meet these changes!

When planning your career it is important to be adaptable with your plans, proactive with your approach and open to opportunities. Career planning is too important to be left to chance, because decisions you make now may influence your future career path. Career planning is an ongoing process that can help you manage your learning and development. This is where our online module ‘Career Zone‘ can help you.

Career Zone’ is a non-credit bearing, self-study optional online module available via Blackboard and the UCD Career Development Centre website for UCD students.

Key Features:

On line module

Accessible anytime, anywhere!

Students can learn in their own time at their own pace Structure:

The on-line module is divided into four sections;

1. Career planning

2. Creative job search

3. Winning job applications

4. Interview strategy

Each section provides a structured step-by-step approach to the topic such as planning your career or producing an effective CV. Each module contains an introduction and summary as well as built in exercises to complete in your own time.

Register today and start planning for your future.

Career Zone Online Module

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Some very useful FREE Online Resources for students

Online Resources

Not many students or alumni know that there is a range of FREE Online Resources available through UCD Careers Connect. Yes, that’s right, FREE! This blog is all about information sharing and here, we will outline exactly what each of these resources has to offer you, to help you start planning for your future.

‌‌        Profiling for Success

 Profiling for Success – Psychometric Tests

 These are very useful in career planning, helping you understand more about your strengths and how these might shape your career and personal choices. When you complete a test, a report is automatically generated and emailed to you! Simples! The report comes in the form of a PDF document attached to the email, and includes an explanation of your results. You can take each test as often as you wish.

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10 Minutes With‌

This is a career website to help students on their career journey by providing insight from different professionals and giving you access to more than 200,000 jobs and internships worldwide. 10 Minutes With interviews company directors, executives and entrepreneurs and asks them to explain their jobs and day-to-day activities in exactly 10 minutes. Pretty short, neat and sweet! The video interviews help you understand the true nature of different roles and the skills required in a variety of sectors globally in Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups.

 

VaultVault

This is a comprehensive online career resource designed to help you look into potential careers, research top employers and find out about trends in your industry.

 

Going GlobalGoing Global

This provides country-specific career and employment information, including world-wide internship and job postings and career resources.

 

 

CEI Internships CEI Internships

This resource offers individually verified information and resources to students seeking internships in the US.

 

 

GlassdoorGlass Door

Here, you can find out what it’s really like to work for over 300,000 companies. Think of it as ‘TripAdvisor for jobs’. There are also vacancies and internships advertised on the site.

 

workmaze

 Workmaze

Targeted at Business students, this company offers a comprehensive suite of products and services to assist both students and Alumni in every stage of their career development.

 

How do you access these great resources?

To use these tests, you’ll need three codes: client code, access code and password. All you have to do is log into UCD Careers Connect and see the ‘Online Resources’ section on your ‘Welcome’ page. Here, you will see all of the above resources along with the required passwords.

 

Remember that you can also make an appointment to see a Career & Skills Consultant if you need some help figuring out what to do next!

 

UCD Career Development Centre Team

www.ucd.ie/careers

So, let’s go to Japan…

UCD Participants 2015 at the JET Farewell Reception at the Residence of the Japanese Ambassador

 

 

 

 

Two students walk into a bar…

“So, I was thinking of doing the JET Programme… “

“The what?”

“The JET Programme: a cultural exchange and foreign language education programme to Japan. Look…”

“That’s a sad website…”

“Yeah, it’s a bit old looking but the info’s good. And here’s a blog from a guy who went in 2011 “Yer Man in Japan:  The misadventures of an Irishman on the JET Programme

“Oh, he’s written a lot, hasn’t he?  I like this one: Pimping for JET back Home. But I don’t want to be a teacher…”

“I don’t want to be a teacher either, but it’s more than that – it’s cultural exchange stuff…”

“Cultural exchange?  What’s that?”

“Sport, dance, music, literature, anything… The idea is that you transmit what life is like in Ireland and expand students’ horizons.”

“So, I have to teach them Irish dancing?!”

“If you want. They’re mad about Riverdance and love ANÚNA. But you can do anything you like, it’s all about expanding horizons and connecting with people.”

“How about my horizons – what do I get out of all this?”

“Well, a chance to live in Japan for a year or more. Experience culture-shock. Meet people from all over the English-speaking world – as well as Japan, of course. Explore a very different culture and country. Have a stab at a new language. Take yourself out of your comfort zone. Backpack through South-East Asia if you want. The programme really turns some of your ideas of the world on its head and gives you new perspectives.”

“Do many UCD grads go on this programme?”

“Well for 2015/16 11 of the 47 Irish JETs are from UCD.”

“Hmmm, I’ll think about it.”

“Yeah, you should, you really should…”

 

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L to R: Genevieve Williams BA Linguistics & Sociology, Jonathan Kelly BA Int’l History & minor Psychology, Shereen Perera BMus, Christopher Ruddy BSc Microbiology, Niall Higgins BA History & Politics & International Relations, Caoilte Burke BA Int’l History & Politics & International Relations, Emily McVey BComm Int’l French, Alan D’Arcy BComm, Thomas Joyce BCL European, Finghin MacChártaigh BSc General Science.

Becoming a primary teacher – the PME for graduates

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Applications for the two year Professional Masters in Education (Primary Teaching) 2015-2017 are now open. The closing date is 17:00 on 10th April 2015.

This programme is offered by:
St Patrick’s College, Dublin
Marino Institute of Education, Dublin
Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

Details of entry requirements, duration and the curriculum can be found on the institutions’ websites via the links above.

Please note: Applications for the Dublin and Maynooth-based colleges should be sent to St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra; applications for the Limerick-based programme should be sent to Mary Immaculate College.

From September 2016 (not 2015) applicants will be required to have a minimum 2:2 honours Level 8 degree, i.e. UCD GPA 2.48 and above.

 


Come in and see us!

Why not meet with a career and skills consultant to discuss your application as well as prepare for your interview if your application is successful? The Career Development Centre can help you to prepare a high quality CV and give you the skills to perform effectively at interview.

Primary and Secondary Teaching Opportunities in UK

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Engage Education are a dynamic recruitment organisation based in Dublin city centre specialising in providing Irish teachers with short and long term contract positions across England. With a strong base of experienced consultants, we place huge emphasis on treating every teacher individually and select only the ideal environments according to suitability. Engage Education are also the founders of the much acclaimed ‘iday’, a specialist education recruitment event that gives Irish teachers the unique opportunity to fly to England for free and interview with a number of schools on the same day and at the same location.

Over 1,350 primary and secondary schools across the UK are currently recruiting teachers for full-time posts and are looking to meet with Irish-trained teachers at our 2015 iday events at which these schools interview.

Teachers selected to attend the event are flown to the UK for the four-day event. During this time, they will have the opportunity to interview with up to 8 UK principals for full-time posts starting in September. They will be invited to a free CPD day run by education leaders and have the opportunity to visit schools before accepting a post. All positions will offer probation/induction to newly qualified teachers and progression to experienced teachers. All travel and accommodation expenses for the four-day event are covered by Engage Education. As this is a bespoke event designed to offer a tailored interview schedule to all candidates, over 90% of teachers will be offered positions.

For more information, fill in your details at the link below:

http://goo.gl/forms/v9oWwfxCeU

Otherwise please contact Rachel in our St. Stephens Green office on 0864109883 or rachel.travers@engageeducation.ie for more information.

Becoming a teacher – the Professional Masters in Education

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If you are thinking about becoming a post-primary teacher now is the time to start putting your application together for the Professional Masters in Education (PME). This is a two-year Masters programme.

The majority of applications are made through PAC – the Postgraduate Applications Centre. This is where you can apply to the following universities:

The closing dates for these applications are 1st December 2014 with late applications accepted (at an additional fee) until 30th January 2015 to start in September 2015.

Hibernia College also offers the PME with closing dates of 28th November 2014 and  January 2015 for late applications. The starting date is March 2015.

You can find the subject requirements for entry on the Teaching Council website. There are additional points given to applicants who have relevant professional experience or hold additional qualifications. And there’s more information about getting into teaching on gradireland.com.

The Teaching Council has also provided answers to some commonly asked questions about applying to the PME.


Studying in UCD

The PME at UCD is a two-year full-time programme leading to the award of Professional Master of Education (PME) and qualifies graduates to teach two subjects at post-primary level (both junior and senior cycle). Take a look at their brochure for more information.

If accepted, each student will be required to arrange a suitable placement school for the duration of the programme. Schools are sourced once you have been accepted to the programme (April 2015). UCD does provide students with a list of suggested schools, however, students must still undergo a competitive interview process with any suggested school.


Come in and see us!

Why not meet with a career and skills consultant to discuss your application as well as prepare for your interview if your application is successful? The Career Development Centre can help you to prepare a high quality CV and give you the skills to perform effectively at interview.

 

UCD Education Careers Fair 2014

UCD Education Careers Fair

UCD Education Careers FairThe Education Careers Fair is designed for current and past PDE students and others interested in teaching as a career.

This year’s fair took place on 11th February 2014 in Astra Hall. If you missed it, you can read the fair booklet online‌ to see was there and find out more about their opportunities.