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Returning to work - new career - teaching assistant


Re: Returning to work - new career - teaching assistant

Hi. Well done for re-training. It is very difficult to get a job as a TA, or at least it is in Staffordshire & Warwickshire. Lots of people apply for every post. It took me aaaages to get my first job (and I only got that by chance, because the person they appointed didn't stay long and I was 2nd choice!) The main problem seems to be that schools tend to have volunteer parents helping out and if any paid jobs come up they are given to people they know - but they still have to advertise and put everybody through the waste of time and angst of the interview process. It happened to me sooooo many times! 


Therefore, and you may already be doing this anyway, I strongly advise you to volunteer in a local school. It will help you get a 'foot in the door' there, but also give you a better chance of getting a paid TA job, as you will have experience and someone to give you a relevant reference. It was the main thing that helped me get my first job!


I've been a TA for 15 years and am now an HLTA. Good Luck. Don't be too disheartened if you have to apply for several jobs before you get one! 


Re: Returning to work - new career - teaching assistant

Hi there Feline!
I empathise because I have been made redundant twice before in the past and it is rubbish! I too live in Manchester and am recovering from breast cancer. I work as a TA and I am looking forward to going back to work in September. You need to apply for as many TA jobs as you can to get your foot in the door and you will love it because children are the best medicine! Best of luck! xxx

Re: Returning to work - new career - teaching assistant

Hi Feline
I am still off work too 😞 not good when I am single! My job is very physical I worked in a sheltered scheme for elderly people which involves personal care for tenants, and the use of hoists etc. I had a 1st surgery in July 2012 followed by a mx anc in August 2012. At first it was ok had full pay for 6months then went on to half now just on employment support allowance. I dont know when I will be able to go back to work as I intend having a reconstruction, also I have had big problems with side effects from the drugs, which I have just changed with the hope of improvements soon! I can understand you feeling low I feel the same a lot of days 😞 But well done for doing your training 🙂 You deserve a new opportunity to come your way fingers crossed for you.

Re: Returning to work - new career - teaching assistant

Hi Feline

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Returning to work - new career - teaching assistant

HI there everyone, I have had a struggle with physical strength since having my reconstrution in 2010 not helped by the fact that my boss made me redundant whilst recovering from my Cancer just prior to my having reconstruction op! I used to work as a P.A. but have decided to go back to work as a Teaching Assistant and have completed my level 2 and I am on track for Level 3- I have also done a Team Teach course and passed.
I am reallllllllllllllllllly in dire straits financially and would love to find employment part-time
has anyone else similar situation and advice please - I live in Manchester
I dont think some people understand what living with Cancer and afterwards can entail.
Due to my situation at the moment I am feeling extremely low and just know that if i got employment the turnaround would be 100% and change my life!!!!
sorry to bore you all!