This time last year I was just like you panicking about the daunting application process and how I would fit all my experience into a tiny personal statement. From my application I was accepted to all PGDE courses in Scotland and in Ireland my Hibernia application was accepted too. Here are some tips to help you with your application!
1. Show them how amazing you are!
This is the most important thing in your application if they can’t see your passion for teaching they are not going to interview you. This leads me onto my next tip.
2. Emphasise your experience
You may think that grades are important and to some extent they are but the most important thing is that you show that you love working with children and have experience working with them. I have spent every summer working in an outdoor activity centre with small children and as part of my degree I was able to spend six months in a local primary school. First of all i described my experience and then I told them what I had learned from my experience – always be positive.
3. Show off your good traits
Tell them what sort of a person you are- hard-working, kind, approachable.
The first three points are vital for your personal statement, they show them what sort of a person you are and how dedicated you are to the teaching profession.
4. Be organised
For the actual application you need to be organised.
Before you open your application take note of all the key dates such as when it needs to be in for, when could you be called for interview etc. Then I would write down all your colleges grades for every module and its name on a sheet of paper, all your leaving cert or A level grades. Before I open your application I would also have your personal statement saved on a word docment so you can easily transfer it over.
Once you have it all ready I would begin your application.
The application process is not difficult you just need to show what an amazing teacher you will be and prove that you have researched it and have experience working with children.
Be yourself and Good Luck!
Next blogpost will be the interview process!