Yearly Archives: 2020

The advantages of working as a supply teacher

Posted on May 11, 2020 at 11:43 am

Some class teachers choose to work as a supply teacher because they are between jobs or because it is easier to fit work around their family life. The advantages to more flexible working hours that come with supply teaching are many especially if you have young children of your own at school as you will be free to attend your own children’s school events. Choosing your own working days also enables you to fit work around other family commitments such as caring for an elderly parent.

Many schools employ supply teachers to cover absence of teaching staff that is planned for instance if the class teacher is on a course or is attending meetings. In this case you may know in advance the age of the children you will be teaching, and the curriculum subjects you will be expected to teach. This is more favourable than having an early morning call to cover a class due to teacher illness. If you are not available to cover emergency calls this can be made clear when you visit schools to promote yourself or sign up to an agency.

Although most well organised teachers will leave planning and resources in their absence, it is always good to be well prepared and to have a range of age appropriate resources to hand that you can call on if required.

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Finding a job that fits in with family life is not easy

Posted on May 1, 2020 at 10:20 am

For many women going back to work after having a baby can be quite a challenge. The cost of childcare can be astronomical and unless the job you are in is well paid you may well ask yourself whether it is worthwhile working for a small amount whilst paying someone else to look after your child.

An ideal solution to this dilemma is to find a way to work from home so that you can be at home with your young child and also earn a wage. Perhaps you have a skill that could be adapted to enable you to work in this way such as secretarial skills or marketing. These jobs could be carried out at home on a computer with meetings organised to coordinate work via online conference calls.

There may be a hobby that you have that can be used to earn a wage from such as sewing, baking or playing an instrument. Many people would be interested in employing someone to make or alter clothes or make celebration cakes and as long as you advertise your business well this type of business can be a success. If you are a musician, you could promote yourself as a music tutor teaching both children and adults to play a musical instrument.

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Finding a job after retirement

Posted on March 6, 2020 at 10:04 am

When you retire from a chosen career such as teaching or nursing life can feel very different. The days of rushing out to work in the morning or working shifts are not missed but the companionship of work colleagues and the structure to your day often is something that many retirees comment on and want to change.

Finding a job that is suitable for someone who is retired can be problematic as some employers do not offer part time roles and it may be that you do not want to spend all your time at work at this stage in your life. It is wise to seek out a job that is as stress free as possible such as a retail position. Some more forward-thinking companies encourage older people to apply for roles as they have seen the benefits of a more mature approach to working.

Call centre roles are another possibility for retirees as most of the work will be carried out seated while some companies allow employees to work from home.

If you enjoy working with children, then a job as a teaching assistant or childcare worker can be a good solution as often children respond well to older people in the community.

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Looking for the right candidate to work in your business

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 9:35 pm

Often when people first start up their own business, they must do a lot of the work themselves. Once the business starts to grow, there may come a time when they need to look to either employee someone or use a sub contractor to work with them.  This could be for anything from marketing through to managing all the accounts and doing the books etc.

As a business owner it can be extremely daunting taking someone on to work with you if you have never done it before. You are having to let someone else into your business and therefore you need to be able to trust them and know that you can rely on them to do a good job.

It may be that they will be customer facing, so what they say or do will have a big effect on your reputation. Ideally you may want to find someone that you already know or have worked with before, but this may not always be possible. When you come to choose what type of person to take on you need to have a clear idea of what responsibilities you will be giving them. Take some time to interview them properly and never skimp on getting references.

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Working from home

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 12:44 pm

If you have a job where you work from home then you will probably already know the issues that surround it. Everyone has the opinion that working from hoe must be great as you can lazy about and watch tv, making cups of tea when you want to, but the fact is, if you do this then you will probably not get your work done. When working from home you need to set yourself strict working hours and try and stick to them. Giving yourself a start time, a few breaks in the day and a finish time. If you have to take time out of work to go food shopping etc. then you should try and make this time up another day or in an evening to allow you to stay on top of everything. 

Not only do you have the issues of organising your working hours, but also you may miss the interaction with others. Try and make sure that you have some time away from work, whether it be an hour a day for lunch or time in the evening when you can get out of the house for a bit and meet up with family and friends. 

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