- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
Okay this is going to be a long and possibly complicated post, but I will try to be as clear as possible!
During my final year at university, I had a complete crisis of confidence. I had no idea what I could do with my degree and decided to enrol on a teaching degree (a PGCE as its known in UK) to teach primary schools, thinking that if nothing else teaching is a good back up to have. I have always wanted to write, but I need a job so that I can pay bills and rent, unlike so many of my peers who are more privileged in this department.
I got accepted to two universities and accepted a firm place at one, but after a summer of soul searching I realised I could not give up on my writing ambitions. I decided to give myself a year to either write properly or get into a field that I liked working in, and in the meantime I would continue in my part time evening job in a coffee shop and I also secured a job as a primary teaching assistant.
During my time at university, I undertook an internship with a fantastic literacy foundation that promotes reading for pleasure in schools, prisons, care homes etc. I LOVED my time working there and continued on a voluntary basis after the internship ended, but never for a second thought I had any chance of getting a job with them as it is fiercely competitive and only few openings occur due to the fact that it is a non profit organisation.
so I was all settled and getting ready to begin my TA role starting the first week of September when I see that the company I interned for has an opening. I had applied for a job ith them previously and my application got rejected on the first day due to them reaching application capacity already. This one got through, and after a bit of hounding I managed to wangle an interview! The role is precisely what I was doing in my internship as well, so I basically can already do the job.
they have asked for a current criminal records check but will do one for you if you haven’t got one, although I’m aware that they need jsomeone to start right away so I think that having a check already would be an advantage.however, my check was carried out by the school I’m meant to be starting and states it on the certificate, and therein lies the dilemma; do I tell them I already have two jobs (one of which in a school that I haven’t even started yet) or do I tell them I’ve not got a records check?
im worried about looking flighty to them; if I tell them I’m doing TA work they might assume that I couldn’t get on a teaching course and that they are my second choice, or they also could think I’m horrible for bailing on a job I’ve not even begun yet. the job I’m interviewing for is something I could see myself doing forever, where being a TA was only ever a stop gap solution to pay the bills.
conversely, my FI thinks that it will make me look More desirable, as you’re apparently more employable when you’re employed. I don’t know if this quite applies when it’s a non profit job, as I know they’re really into the person as opposed to the CV.
I just want to know which person would make a better impression; the girl who is honest and has a decent job right now, or the girl who only works in a coffee shop and needs this break more. I just want this job so badly that I’m determined to make the best impression possible!
i know I must sound pretty flighty in this post, but I was just giving a bit of context behind my situation so you can all assess it properly. All I want is your advice on how much to disclose, if asked, during my interview! I am so sorry for the bad spelling and jumpy nature of this, iPad woes!