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Insight into Teaching – last chance to apply!

Blogged by Abby Evans on February 13, 2018.

Insight Into Teaching provides you with the opportunity to spend three days in a school with a full programme of lesson observation and perhaps a chance to try out some teaching. If you are thinking about a career in teaching then spending time in school is extremely important, not only to help you to decide whether teaching is for you, but also to enhance your teacher training application – whether you are considering a PGCE, School Direct, Teach First or another route into teaching.

For this term we have placements still available in Oxfordshire state-maintained schools in Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History and Maths. In Oxford independent schools we have placements available in Maths, Chemistry, Politics and Computing.

Applications are open now and close on Monday of 6th week (19 February) prior to placements taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of 9th week of term. Successful applicants are allocated to schools on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply now to maximise your chances of a placement in the subject that you would like.

Placements are available in state and independent schools across Oxford and the surrounding area. We also have links with school across the UK – let us know your preferred location when you apply and we’ll do our best to place you in a school that works for you.

To apply login to CareerConnect, and go to “Internship Office & Skills Programmes”, click “Search and Apply” and select “Insight into Teaching” for the relevant term from the list of programmes.

Any current matriculated student of Oxford University is welcome to apply. If you are a research staff member please contact us to ask about availability.

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Paid teaching placements in the further education sector

Blogged by Abby Evans on February 13, 2018.

Cognition (funded by the Education & Training Foundation) are offering final year undergraduates and graduates the chance to participate in paid teaching work placements in the further education sector.

The placements are open to final year undergraduates and postgraduates in six key locations and their surrounding areas: London, Leicester, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge and Manchester. Cognition will match you to a college or training provider in your preferred location.

£300 will be paid to participants on completion of the teaching work placement.

You will be supported throughout your placement by a mentor who will be your key point of contact at the college/training provider. The placement will be for 40 hours at some point during March/April 2018.

This is an exciting opportunity to increase your employability skills and enhance your CV, whilst exploring the requirements of pursuing a teaching career in Further Education, in a supportive environment.

Places are limited so you are encouraged to make an early application.

If you are interested in applying please fill in the application form

Closing date is 28 February.

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Café Physics Oxford – insights into teaching physics

Blogged by Abby Evans on February 13, 2018.
  • When: 21 February, 12:00-14:00
  • Where: the Mendelssohn Room, by the main entrance to the Martin Wood complex in the Department of Physics.

Do you like tea, coffee, cake, physics, and careers advice? Join the Institute of Physics and current physics teachers for an informal insight into teaching physics. All attendees will receive free refreshments and an IOP goody bag!

Click ‘going’ on the Facebook event to get more details and be reminded about it.

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What is Work Life Balance & How to Get It?

Blogged by Claire Chesworth on February 12, 2018.
  • When: Thursday 22 February, 13:00-14:00
  • Where: The Careers Service

A healthy work-life balance could be the difference between being really happy in your life and simply feeling stressed and miserable. Work life balance differs between individuals and is likely to change during your career, and this workshop will allow you to explore what sort of work life balance you are looking for and how to best achieve it.

You do not need to book a place at this event but please bear in mind that spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

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Summer Internship Programme – don’t leave it to the last minute!

Blogged by Karen Walker on February 12, 2018.

Exciting times here in the Internship Office – with the application deadline for the Summer Internship Programme’s international batch fast approaching, we’re really happy to see that applications are coming in thick and fast! Applications for the international batch close at noon on Monday 19 February, so you have about ten days left to apply.

  • Don’t leave it till the last minute…

It makes sense to start working on your application sooner rather than later. Once you’ve decided which internships you’re interested in, take your time to read through the requirements for each one, and to do a bit of research about the organisation and previous interns’ experiences, if relevant. Because every internship will vary, you might find that you need to write very different applications for each one (remember, you can apply for up to three in the international batch) – and even if they’re similar placements, you should still be tailoring your CV and personal statement to the specific role and organisation. This will all take time; possibly more time than you originally thought! So it’s a good idea to get started soon, not least so that you can see the size of the task in hand and plan accordingly.

Applications close at noon, but please don’t leave it until 11:59am to press the submit button! Be aware that technical problems can happen even to the best-prepared applicants, and an overloaded application system at the deadline could lead to additional glitches. We’d really appreciate it if you could submit your application in advance of the deadline so that we have time to help you fix any technical problems that arise.

  • Use our resources…

The Internship Office web pages have lots of advice and information about how to apply, and the Careers Service website has general information about cover letters and CVs. Make sure you have a good browse around the site – it’s all there to help you make your application the best it can be. You can make an appointment to come in for an application support session too, where we can assist and give advice about the process of writing your personal statement and refining your CV. We really do mean it when we say that for the Summer Internship Programme your CV must be one side of A4 only, so if you need some help topping and tailing it please do come in and see us.

It can be helpful to have a look at what previous interns say about their internship experience. Why not have a look at our very clever interactive map (or choose ‘list’ view at the bottom of the page if you prefer). Here you can read feedback and advice given by interns from a wide range of sectors and organisations. You might find that someone went to your preferred organisation in a previous year, or did a similar sort of project elsewhere, and you can glean some useful tips for your application just by reading what they have to say.

So, best of luck with your application, and remember: get started on it soon, give yourself time to do the necessary work, and try to get it submitted early if at all possible. And if you need us – we’re here! Make an appointment via CareerConnect – we’d love to see you.

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