It's hard to underestimate the turmoil being caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the impact of lockdown across the world. Working closely with teachers, we’re acutely aware that their lives were turned upside down when the government closed the country’s school gates to all but a few children on 20th March.
Before coronavirus hit, some of our education professionals were focusing on developing their craft. Others were thinking of changing schools, and some were exploring day-to-day supply opportunities. Abrupt school closures have certainly got in the way of business as usual and NQTs have been hit particularly hard. Lots of teachers, at whatever stage in their career, are uncertain about where they will stand when schools eventually reopen.
None of us can be sure when we will be back in the classroom, but it’s reassuring to hear a sense of (very) cautious optimism coming from the government’s scientific advisers.
While we’re still in lockdown, and with more time on our hands than we’re used to, this is a great opportunity to take stock, carry out a careers audit and formulate a strategy for the future. Whether you focus on the next few terms, or a full-blown five-year plan, a sense of control is incredibly empowering. Taking a proactive and positive approach will certainly keep you going in these socially distant circumstances.
Pertemps Education Network has a team of careers specialists on hand with some great advice for education professionals at any stage in their career. Get in touch now and we’ll work with you to blow away the cobwebs and spring clean your career plans. We’ve got great resources, creativity, and boundless energy, and we’ll make sure that you’re in the best shape possible to take on whatever the next few weeks bring.