My journey to job security -Joanne Pasternac







Joanne Pasternac








Last in the series outlining the ways that teachers got job security is @joanne.pasternac of Angelic Light Healing who is an experienced primary school teacher and energy healer. I’ve been following her for a while now and loving what she’s doing to help people relax and understand their spiritual side. Check out her website at www.joannepasternac.com

How did you get the job you're in right now?
I completed one of my final teaching practice placements in the school. Luckily, there were positions available the summer I graduated. I interviewed and got the job, in 2008! I am now in my third year of a job share in another school, nearer to where I live.


How many contracts did you have before you became permanent?

I was extremely lucky to go straight into a permanent job.


Did anything surprise you about the job-seeking process?
No, for me it was fairly straightforward. I knew the principal, staff and the way the school was run from my experience on teaching placement. That really helped. As for the job share, I used the INTO message board and was lucky to find a really great partner in a school nearby.


What advice would you give NQTs looking for jobs this Summer?
If it’s possible to hand in your application in person then do that, depending on Covid restrictions. Not only does it give the principal a chance to connect with you outside.


What advice would you give NQTs looking for jobs this Summer?
If it’s possible to hand in your application in person then do that, depending on Covid restrictions. Not only does it give the principal a chance to connect with you outside the formality of the interview, but it also gives you a chance to get a feel for the atmosphere in the school. Usually, if you’re guts says it’s not a good fit for you, then it probably isn’t!


What could an NQT do in your school that would be appreciated?
Show enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed, from those who are more experienced. In turn, the more experienced will learn from the newly qualified! Come to the staff room for lunch, it’s where some of the best professional development happens!

Many thanks to Joanne for sharing her story and best of luck with your business Joanne!

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