Getting a new job
What job do you want?Most people move jobs after three or four years though there are no hard and fast rules about what is best for your career. Anyway, it's likely that you'll move schools or be thinking about doing so during your first five years in the job - and it'll probably be for promotion. It's good to have a career plan but don't be in too much of a hurry to get promoted. People who are promoted prematurely can suffer a great deal of stress from feeling not up to the job or not having the credibility to be taken seriously by other staff.Think about enriching your experience by doing the same post in a different school - developing horizontally rather than vertically.Think about what sort of a school you should go for - it's good to have experience of a range so that people don't pigeonhole you into the sort of teacher who can only work in a tough area or with well-motivated kids. Every time you visit a school and spend time in a classroom and in the playground, take a good look at what you see around you. It will help you work out the kind of school you want to work in.Look out for:
|• the relationship between pupils and staff - is it formal or informal? Which do you feel more comfortable with?|
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Book title: The Insider's Guide to Early Professional Development: Succeed in Your First Five Years as a Teacher.
Contributors: Sara Bubb - Author.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2004.
Page number: 157.
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