Jobs in British
Columbia’s
Public Schools

UBC OKANAGAN
OCTOBER 30, 2013
BC Education &
Teaching in Public
Schools
BC Public Education Overview
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60 school districts
60 employers
73,000 employees
33,000 unionized educators
Oppor...
Workforce Trends
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Average age of retirement is 59
25,460 openings in 10 years (bcjobtrendstracker.ca)
More jobs po...
Job Posting Volume

Hiring Cycle
Where are the jobs?

http://www.workbc.ca/Navigator/occupations/4141
What types of teachers are in
greatest demand?
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French Immersion
Learning Assistance
Technology Ed...
Growth Opportunities
Superintendent

Deputy
Superintendent

Assistant
Superintendent

Director of
Instruction

District
Pr...
Salary and Benefits
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From $42,802 - $83,489 (TQS category)
Extended health and dental
Life insurance, pension,...
How to apply for jobs
What can I teach?
• Preferred Qualifications
– Subject matter teaching experience for Secondary
Teachers
– Undergraduate e...
Application Checklist
 Graduate and get your documents together
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Resume and cover letter
Practicum evaluation r...
Application Checklist
 Apply for a BC teaching certificate (TRB)
 Get for a TQS card
 Set-up an application on Makeafut...
Write Targeted Cover Letters
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Tailor the letter to your audience
Personalize it with concrete examples
Explain “wh...
Ask For A Good
Reference
• Get professional references
• Ask for a reference letter
• Inform your references
ahead of time
Searching & Applying for
Jobs on Makeafuture.ca
Discover the
latest career
opportunities
Stay up-to-date
Search for jobs by
with email job
position & employer
alerts
Learn more about
your future employer
Compare salaries
between districts
Interviewing for the Job
Interviews gather information used
to compare a candidate’s
education, skills and qualifications
with pre-determined selec...
What are they looking for?
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Subject Matter Knowledge
Planning Skills
Instructional Skills
Assessment Str...
Interview Questions
Behavioural-based
Open-ended questions
questions
• Tell me about yourself
• Can youyour teaching or
Wh...
Interview Questions
Behavioural-based
questions
• Can you describe a unit or
lesson that you created that
allowed for the ...
Behavioral Questions
• Describe a unit you recently completed with
your students and explain the process you
used in its p...
How do you plan your
units?
 Tell a story and consider:
 What resources did you consult?
 Did you ask for help?
 Did y...
How do you teach in
the classroom?
 Tell a story and consider:
 What strategies have you used for
instruction?
 How did...
How do you assess &
evaluate students?
 Tell a story and consider:
 What are the different methods you
used to evaluate ...
How do you manage
your class?
 Tell a story and consider:
 What was the worse scenario that
you encountered and how did ...
How are you developing
as an educator?
 Tell a story and consider:
 How have you demonstrated
professional responsibilit...
Interviewing Tips
• Reflect on your best lessons,
accomplishments, what you are proud of in
your work
• Don’t just talk ab...
“It’s about tapping into your
experiences, challenges and
reflections on your student
teaching, and bringing it to life
in...
Job Search Resources
• Resumes & Digital
Portfolios
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Linkedin.com
CVmkr.com
VisualCV.com
Pathbrite.com

• Intervie...
Now What?
• Decide where to work
• Find out who does the
hiring at the district
• Sign-up for job alerts
• Like/Follow MAF...
Stay in touch
 www.makeafuture.ca
 contactus@makeafuture.ca
 www.twitter.com/makeafuture
 www.facebook.com/makeafuture...
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Looking for a rewarding career in teaching? Information about the various careers in education and how to find a job were presented to UBC Okanagan students enrolled in the teacher education program on Oct 30, 2013. This presentation provides a job search tips, and information about the hiring process generally used by BC school district employers.

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  • IntroThank the University for the invitationIntroduce yourself, background of Make a Future and your roleExplain what we do at Make a Future and how we’re connected with school districtsLet them know why you were invited to present, which is to provide an overview of the public education sector from an HR perspective so that they have the information they need to find a job when they graduate from their programAlso, let them know that you invite questions and comments throughout the presentation and that it is OK to interruptLet them know that the workshop will take approximately an hour depending on questionsOptional IcebreakerDo a quick poll:Ask if anyone has heard of Makeafuture.ca or have used usAsk if anyone is following us on Twitter and FacebookAsk how many are in the elementary and secondary cohortsAsk how many of them will be graduating
  • Before we discuss how you find a job in BC’s public schools, we’ll set the context by going through a quick overview of the public education sector in BC.If this is familiar to you, please let me know, so we can skip ahead in the presentation.The picture in the background represents diversity in the province. Diversity in the communities also represents diversity at the school district level. No two schools that you teach at will be the same and no two districts that you work for will be the same either. It is important to understand that each school district has a unique culture and working in each community has its own rewards and challenges.
  • Takeaway:It’s a large sector with lots of employeesEach district is its own separate employer and has its own way of recruiting its employeesWith a BC teaching certificate, you are not limited to work in your own community, you have a province full of opportunities to consider
  • Employment and demographic trendsBecause people are retiring, opportunities will open up in some districtsIt is projected that there will be more jobs as a result of retirementsOn Makeafuture.ca, the stats have shown that there were more jobs posted in 2012 than 2011, which indicates a growth of job opportunitiesNew jobs are posted every day on Makeafuture.ca, but the peak hiring periods are shown in the peak of this graph, which is in August/September, and May/June.
  • The previous slide showed that there are jobs, but where are they?According to this map from the Work Labour Market Navigator, it’s the areas highlighted in purple that will need teachers and counsellors in the near future.The areas of the province that are not highlighted purple does not mean that there won’t be jobs, it just shows that there may be fewer. That’s just because some districts are younger and may not experience as much attrition as others, but it’s most likely that these districts are smaller in general, so they don’t hire a lot of people relative to other districts.
  • Demand in different subject areasDemand differs from district to districtThis list was complied based on stats we collect and the feedback we get from school districts
  • With a career in education, you’re not limited to teaching. There are a range of careers for people with a Bachelor of Education background.If you’re thinking about doing your Masters, here are a few careers to consider.
  • Another perk of being a teacher is the salary and benefits.Highlight rural and remote allowances for small communities.To see which districts it applies to, check out the salary finder tool on Makeafuture.ca.
  • In this section, we’ll be going through how to become a teacher in the public education system.
  • Bottom line:Don’t apply for jobs you’re not qualified forDon’t say you’re capable of teaching a range of subjects unless you majored in that field or you experience teaching in that fieldIt’s good to have a second language
  • Before you can start applying for jobs on makeafuture.ca, you’ll need to gather a few documents and apply for certification.Here’s a list of a few things you need to have and need to do before you can teach in the public school system.
  • While waiting for your TQS and teaching certificate to arrive, you can start setting up your online application on Makeafuture.ca. If you don’t want to register for the site yet, you can create job alerts on our job search page.The best thing you can do to stay up-to-date with the latest opportunities is to create job alerts and follow Make a Future on Twitter.Once you have all your documents, you can upload them onto Makeafuture.ca and you can start applying for jobs.
  • Note:If the video does not work, click on the Link to load it in your browser.
  • Ask for a good reference from anyone who has observed and evaluated your teachingProfessional references from past employers, your practicum placement coordinator, faculty advisors, principals, etc. are preferredIf possible, ask for a reference letter in case your contact leaves their current position.It’s also professional courtesy to inform your contacts that they may receive a phone call from the hiring manager
  • Switch to a live demo of the site or show the next few slidesShow them the homepage and highlight what information you can get from the banners and featured jobs.Let them know that featured jobs usually means districts are desperate to find someone for the jobShow them job alertsShow job searchShow newsletter sign upLogin to SD44 to show them the backend and do a live demoLogin: makeafuture_test44Password: bcpsea
  • What is the point of interviews?
  • Principals and HR staff are evaluating based on selection criteria. These are six common criteria that most districts base their decisions on.
  • Behavioural interview questions are situational questions based on actual experiences
  • Behavioural interview questions are situational questions based on actual experiences
  • Stay in touch on Twitter and Facebook to learn about the latest ed camps, workshops and professional opportunities for early career teachers, and connect with other educators
  • Applying for Jobs in British Columbia's Public Schools | October 2013 | Make a Future

    1. 1. Jobs in British Columbia’s Public Schools UBC OKANAGAN OCTOBER 30, 2013
    2. 2. BC Education & Teaching in Public Schools
    3. 3. BC Public Education Overview • • • • • 60 school districts 60 employers 73,000 employees 33,000 unionized educators Opportunities in rural & urban school districts
    4. 4. Workforce Trends • • • • Average age of retirement is 59 25,460 openings in 10 years (bcjobtrendstracker.ca) More jobs posted in 2013 than 2012 New jobs are posted daily and hiring peaks…
    5. 5. Job Posting Volume Hiring Cycle
    6. 6. Where are the jobs? http://www.workbc.ca/Navigator/occupations/4141
    7. 7. What types of teachers are in greatest demand? • • • • • • • • • • • • French Immersion Learning Assistance Technology Education Senior Sciences Special Education/Resource Mathematics Home Economics Aboriginal Languages Arts (Drama, Music, etc) Primary/Elementary Kindergarten Psychologists & Counsellors
    8. 8. Growth Opportunities Superintendent Deputy Superintendent Assistant Superintendent Director of Instruction District Principal Principal/Vice Principal Psychologist Counsellor Librarian
    9. 9. Salary and Benefits • • • • • • From $42,802 - $83,489 (TQS category) Extended health and dental Life insurance, pension, long-term disability Mentoring & Pro D funds Generous vacation & sick leave Rural & remote financial allowances
    10. 10. How to apply for jobs
    11. 11. What can I teach? • Preferred Qualifications – Subject matter teaching experience for Secondary Teachers – Undergraduate education (300/400 level courses) or a BA in the subject area – Fluency in languages
    12. 12. Application Checklist  Graduate and get your documents together      Resume and cover letter Practicum evaluation reports Two letters of references & list of referees University transcripts TQS card and BC teaching certificate
    13. 13. Application Checklist  Apply for a BC teaching certificate (TRB)  Get for a TQS card  Set-up an application on Makeafuture.ca  Set-up Job alerts  Follow @MakeaFuture & Like Make a Future  Search and apply for jobs on Makeafuture.ca
    14. 14. Write Targeted Cover Letters • • • • Tailor the letter to your audience Personalize it with concrete examples Explain “why you are the best candidate?” Use action verbs to describe your work experience and achievements (e.g. Collaborated; Coordinated; Planned; Evaluated; Assessed) • Spell Check and Proof Read!
    15. 15. Ask For A Good Reference • Get professional references • Ask for a reference letter • Inform your references ahead of time
    16. 16. Searching & Applying for Jobs on Makeafuture.ca
    17. 17. Discover the latest career opportunities
    18. 18. Stay up-to-date Search for jobs by with email job position & employer alerts
    19. 19. Learn more about your future employer
    20. 20. Compare salaries between districts
    21. 21. Interviewing for the Job
    22. 22. Interviews gather information used to compare a candidate’s education, skills and qualifications with pre-determined selection criteria.
    23. 23. What are they looking for? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Subject Matter Knowledge Planning Skills Instructional Skills Assessment Strategies Classroom Management Skills Development as a Professional Educator
    24. 24. Interview Questions Behavioural-based Open-ended questions questions • Tell me about yourself • Can youyour teaching or What is describe a unit philosophy? lesson that you created that • allowed youthe participation Why do for want to work of all learners? for our district? • What books are you reading right now?
    25. 25. Interview Questions Behavioural-based questions • Can you describe a unit or lesson that you created that allowed for the participation of all learners?
    26. 26. Behavioral Questions • Describe a unit you recently completed with your students and explain the process you used in its planning. • Describe strategies you have used to evaluate your students’ academic progress. • Describe specific management strategies you have used in your classroom. • Tell stories & describe real-life scenarios
    27. 27. How do you plan your units?  Tell a story and consider:  What resources did you consult?  Did you ask for help?  Did you look at the composition of your class?
    28. 28. How do you teach in the classroom?  Tell a story and consider:  What strategies have you used for instruction?  How did you present the material?  How did you engage learners?
    29. 29. How do you assess & evaluate students?  Tell a story and consider:  What are the different methods you used to evaluate and assess student outcomes?  What did you do with that information?
    30. 30. How do you manage your class?  Tell a story and consider:  What was the worse scenario that you encountered and how did you deal with it?
    31. 31. How are you developing as an educator?  Tell a story and consider:  How have you demonstrated professional responsibility inside and outside of the classroom?  Are you a reflective practitioner?
    32. 32. Interviewing Tips • Reflect on your best lessons, accomplishments, what you are proud of in your work • Don’t just talk about it, show off your accomplishments with a portfolio • Use the STAR technique • Practice, practice, practice
    33. 33. “It’s about tapping into your experiences, challenges and reflections on your student teaching, and bringing it to life in an interview.” -Janet Stewart Associate Superintendent, VSB
    34. 34. Job Search Resources • Resumes & Digital Portfolios     Linkedin.com CVmkr.com VisualCV.com Pathbrite.com • Interviews & Cover Letters  Quintcareers.com • Job Search  Huntsy.com • Pro D  Teacher Mentorship BC  Pita.ca
    35. 35. Now What? • Decide where to work • Find out who does the hiring at the district • Sign-up for job alerts • Like/Follow MAF on SM • Clean-up your SM footprint • Create an online portfolio
    36. 36. Stay in touch  www.makeafuture.ca  contactus@makeafuture.ca  www.twitter.com/makeafuture  www.facebook.com/makeafuture  www.makeafuture.ca/subscribe

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