tips for success in the education sector

To keep your teaching career moving forward, it's imperative to be aware of the critical issues currently driving change.

Whether you're an early childhood teacher or a school teacher, different dynamics are at play regarding future career trends. However, some essential advice about increasing your chances of success when seeking a new role transcends both.  

continuing professional development will become more important

There's a significant pay gap between early childhood teachers and school teachers – despite having the same degree and being expected to do the same professional development. The sector is pushing for this to be addressed, but change can only come from the government or parents stepping in to pay the difference. Either way, it won't be easy.

There's also been a big push from the early learning sector to be seen as specialist educators rather than just carers, and quite rightly so – we know that those years are some of the most formative in children's lives. Efforts are being made to get educators registered with state boards, which will require completing professional development hours.

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tips for teachers in the job seeking – and interview – the process

For many schools and early childhood teachers, the profession is a vocation to find the correct position. It's wise to present a clear and attractive case to potential employers.

  • A strong LinkedIn profile is crucial.

It's an excellent opportunity to convey what you've done in your sector and to articulate some key achievements, particularly concerning the curriculum and programming.  

  • When it comes to interviews, do your research.

Go to the school's or centre's website and learn about their philosophy and values. That way, you can formulate your answers based on what the school is trying to achieve.

  • Suppose you are an early childhood teacher or a primary or secondary teacher. In that case, it's beneficial to demonstrate that you're bringing something else to the school or centre, not just the ability to teach.

You might have musical skills; you have a drama background. You come from a solid IT background – whatever it is, make sure you articulate it.

  • My final advice would be to go into that interview showing the panel that you want the job.

We recommend preparing three killer questions to show you're keen, you're engaged, and you mean business.

The questions should display your knowledge of the school's or centre's values and be about how the school aims to achieve its goals – and discussing the answers is an opportunity to show the panel how you can help them achieve that future.

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Matt Hodges

National Director, Randstad Education

With over 15 years of experience in the recruitment industry for Education, I manage a large, dedicated team of consultants across Australia and New Zealand. My work philosophy is about maintaining the human touch in recruitment and utilising technology as the stepping stone for delivering a distinctly human experience.