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Applying for Jobs in British Columbia's Public Schools | October 2013 | Make a Future

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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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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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