Australia’s student population is soaring, and with it, the demands for teachers are also rising. Unfortunately, many trainee teachers in the country do not qualified to actually get hired as teachers. In lucrative states like New South Wales or Victoria, supply is so abundant even with the demand, the positions available tend to be very competitive. If you have graduated with a teaching degree, there is no guarantee that you could actually get a job. So, here is a list of tips that will help you increase your chances of getting hired as an Aussie teacher:
Get Experience as Relief or Temporary Teachers
Experience matters. Most schools do not want to hire trainee teachers fresh out of uni. Rather, they want to hire teachers with experience. The more experience you have, the more you can demand in salary too. It can be difficult to secure a permanent teacher position with nearly no experience. The best way to get experience, and get paid at the same time, is to work as relief teachers on a daily basis, or as temporary teachers on a term or contractual basis. It’s easier to get hires as casual teachers if you are a recent graduate. You can easily find casual teachers Sydney or elsewhere vacancies online. Once you have gained some experience, and recommendations, you will have a better chance of getting hired to a better position.
Specialise in a Subject
Most teachers, depending on grade level, have to handle a broad range of subjects. But you can increase your chances of getting hired if you specialise in a subject area. Don’t generically specialise in maths or science either. Find out which subjects are most in demand for teaching at schools in the state you live in. Choose one of those. Generally speaking, subjects in the STEM field, like trigonometry, human biology, or Python programming, are good choices to specialise in as the demand for teachers in these areas are increasingly rising.
Get Qualifications for Jobs in Demand
The job market answers to demand, not supply. You can near guarantee securing a teaching position by training for a teaching job that is in demand. The demand can change from year to year. Go to the website of the education department in your state and find out which teaching positions are the most vacant. For example, there could be a great demand for primary school science teachers. If you get proper qualifications in this field, you will be hired without a delay.
Don’t Rule out Rural Areas
Don’t struggle to get hired only in cities. While city life is more comfortable and desired, if you have trouble getting hired, look into rural areas. These places do have demand for teaching positions that often goes unfulfilled. Working for a couple of years as a rural teacher would also give you valuable experience that you can use later to get hired in a city and move to a higher paying income bracket.
Also, don’t limit your options to one recruitment agency. Apply to two or three to increase your chances of getting your dream teaching job.