Teachers: can a map help you find a job?


Statue of Isabel, Ferdinand and Christopher Columbus

You probably won’t need to go as far as Christopher to find a job – and maps have really improved since then. Photo: D.Gillie, Christopher Columbus, Isabel and Ferdinand in the Alcazar Gardens, Seville.

I wrote this article in the TES Scotland on job mobility for new teachers (but geographic mobility in job hunting can be  advantageous for graduates of any discipline).  As Dr Peter Hawkins writes in The Art of Building Windmills:

“Like winning the lottery, many people just sit there waiting hopefully for this ‘ideal job’ to land in their lap. We can assure you that it will be an extremely long wait”.

Being proactive is one approach to shortening ‘the wait’, along with a bit of resilience to help survive it.

The Scottish Government used to publish a very useful document called Teacher Vacancies and Probationer Allocations which included a geographical analysis of vacancies. Most importantly, it highlighted Local Authorities where vacancies persisted more than 3 months.  In 2011, the TESS undertook a survey of unpromoted primary teaching posts in Scottish LAs.  One of the most interesting findings for me is that in Stirling a single unpromoted post received 411 applications; the same post in Orkney received 11.

After reading the TESS articles, what are your thoughts on mobility in starting your career?


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