Top tips to enhance your employment opportunities in NSW public schools
Whether you’re in the early stages of your initial teacher education program or nearing the end, you might be wondering about your future career prospects once you graduate. While it’s true that certain high-demand subject areas may offer higher employment prospects than others, if you are willing to take a proactive approach in your search and are open to different employment types and locations, there are a number of opportunities available to early career teachers across all key learning areas in primary and secondary schools.
The following tips provide some practical examples of things you can start doing now to enhance your future employment opportunities in NSW public schools.
1. Take advantage of scholarship opportunities
Apply for a future teacher scholarship with the NSW Department of Education. A number of scholarships are on offer every year, with a range of benefits and incentives. These can include financial support whilst you study, appointment allowances and a guaranteed permanent teaching position on successful completion of your degree. For future teachers who are seeking permanency as soon as they graduate, being a scholar provides you with the advantage of knowing your future employment plans while still at university.
2. Build and maintain connections with your professional experience schools
My very first casual teaching day was at the school I had just completed my internship at. Throughout my years of teaching, I have met a number of other practicum students who went on to secure casual and then temporary work at my school. As well as offering invaluable opportunities to refine your teaching practice, your practicum experiences are also a chance for you to network and build connections with teacher colleagues and schools. Make the most of your professional experiences by getting involved, getting to know the staff you’re working with and let them know you are available for casual work once you receive your interim number.
3. Explore different locations and school settings across NSW
There are some amazing schools to work at across NSW and your chances of being matched to a permanent position when you graduate are enhanced if you expand the number of locations that you would like to teach in. Use your practicum placements as an opportunity to experience different settings you could potentially work in in the future. As students at UTS, you have the opportunity to complete your final practicum experience in a rural or remote NSW public school, in areas like Griffith and Wagga Wagga, whilst being paid up to $500 per week for the duration of your placement.
4. Complete your approval to teach and request interim approval
Complete your approval to teach in NSW public schools once you are in your final two semesters of study. You can visit the teach.NSW website to find a step-by-step guide to completing this process. If you intend on casual teaching during your final year of study, request a casual interim number and begin approaching schools to enquire about casual work. You can use the ClassCover app to manage your bookings.
5. Apply for temporary and permanent teaching positions on JobFeed
Once you have successfully completed the requirements of approval to teach, you will be granted a full approval to teach. At this stage, you can begin applying for advertised temporary and permanent positions that are listed in JobFeed each week. You can subscribe to JobFeed at any time, to view the opportunities available in NSW public schools.
Whatever stage you are at in your degree, if you would like to find out more about any of the processes listed above, contact the teach.NSW team via: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, register for a Teaching 101 webinar for university students to find out more about the opportunities available to future teachers in NSW public schools.
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Senior Education Officer
Amy Webber is a past UTS Education student with experience teaching in NSW public schools. In her current Senior Education Officer role, she works with the teach.NSW team to support pre-service teachers in accessing some of the amazing scholarship and employment opportunities offered by the NSW Department of Education.