Today we’ve been speaking with Charlotte Vaughan who graduated from the BA (Hons) with QTS Primary Education course this year. We asked her about getting her first graduate job as a Teacher.
Where are you from originally?
I am from the Carlisle area.
What made you choose the University of Cumbria?
I wanted to stay close to home and I knew that the university had a good reputation for teacher training.
Which course did you do?
BA (Hons) with QTS Primary Education
Why did you choose your course?
I knew that I wanted to become a teacher and I felt that the degree course suited me better than taking a school direct approach.
What did you like most about your course?
The university staff and lecturers are friendly and approachable which made studying with them really enjoyable. Being able to study in small tutor groups meant that we received very specific feedback which helped us develop as students and teachers.
Have you accessed support from the Careers and Employability Service?
I completed the Career Ahead Bronze and Silver awards and I attended a practice teaching interview with the Careers Service. This gave me the opportunity to develop my interview skills and it gave me confidence going into interviews.
Best piece of careers advice you have ever been given…
Don’t apply to every job going, wait until the right one for you comes along.
What was the application/interview process for your new job like?
I had to complete a detailed application form after which I was shortlisted for interview. I had to prepare a 30 minute maths session for a class of Yr 5/6 children which is trickier than you think because the 30 minutes just flies by! Following that I had an interview with the school council which involved KS2 children asking questions of their own devising (this was my favourite part). On the second day of the interview process, I was invited to return to the school to complete a short written task and then have a formal panel interview with the headteacher, two school governors and the school vicar (who is also a governor). Thankfully, after all that, I only had to wait a couple of hours to find out that I had been successful.
How did you prepare for your interview? Any tips for others?
I made a bank of possible interview questions and wrote answers to them, which I then practised – a lot! I spoke to lots of teachers while I was preparing for my interview and they gave me plenty of great advice and tips. I would advise others to research your school thoroughly, prepare as many possible answers as you can think of and talk to others who have already been through the process.
Were there any surprises/anything you didn’t expect?
Not really, I was very well prepared.
What is your new job title?
Permanent, Full-time KS2 Teacher.
Who is your new employer?
Wiggonby C of E Primary School.
When will you start?
Officially, September 2017. Unofficially, now!!
If you had to say one thing to someone aiming to get a job like yours what would it be?
Put lots of time and effort into your preparation and interview because it really is worth it!
Want to find a job like Charlotte’s?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice and support.