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Why can't I get a teaching job in Queensland?

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 7:10 AM

This morning I noticed somebody in Brisbane plaintively googling, "Why can't I get a teaching job in Queensland?

To my mind the question this person should be googling is "Why have I just realised that I can't get a teaching job in Queensland?"

Why would a person enrol in an education degree when the chances of getting permanent work at the end of the course are only one in ten?

I am wondering if the Queensland Labor government, in giving high school students computers, managed to capture their brains?

Are Queensland high school students only allowed to access sites that mislead them into thinking that there is a shortage of teachers in Queensland?

Or are the students being misled by their lecturers at uni?

Or are they simply so illiterate - or so busy with part-time work - that they do not read newspapers?

What is going on here?

Why are newly-qualified teachers so surprised to find that they can't get teaching jobs in Queensland?

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4 Comments

Reply Firebullies
8:09 AM on August 24, 2014 
It's true almost everywhere, nepotism.
I'm glad you've all got a place where you can say these things. It doesn't mean anyone is just negative and bitter, we know you're all talented hard working genuine people who believe in a just and fair world.

The principal I know hired her son to work one to one with students - 'music therapy'.
The position was not advertised and all written material in reference to him carefully never used his name. He is referred to as the music therapist. It was created to give him a job, something to do. First as a casual and now it is being advertised (for him of course)
He hasn't got any qualifications and recently was partying hard with substances.
So he'll be on the same pay as those of us who work with 8+ students with special needs. (and behaviours.)

I just watched Rodriguez and boy was he ripped off - and still is by boot legging. incredibly talented and hard working and he lives in a shack. I'll be buying a real CD.
Reply Disgruntled
6:30 AM on March 31, 2013 
johnlemmon is spot on. I have experienced this on more than one occasion. You turn up to a school for a supply day to find a new teacher on staff teaching one of the subjects, in which you are trained. You scratch your head and make inquiries, knowing that you have worked your backside off at the school, hoping to make a good impression. You find out that a contract mysterious came into being over night and they just happened to have the perfect candidate in mind. Turns out mummy is besties with the deputy responsible for HR in the school and you miss out. Unless you know someone high enough in the food chain, or you are prepared for Mt Isa, forget teaching! There needs to be greater transparency in the employment practices of Ed QLD. Nepotism is alive and well within this department.
Reply War
7:31 PM on November 4, 2012 
They are surprised probably because there is very little information offered about employment prospects, as you already mentioned in your post, and any information given is scant or potentially misleading. The QLD Education website states that middle school and some secondary teaching areas are currently in demand, whereas one government job prospects site predicts that over the next few years there will be higher demand for primary teachers and less demand for secondary. Digging a little deeper on the Education website one can find an excel sheet of contract and permanent positions. I questioned a relative about this who replied that positions are only advertised there if they can't find someone locally to fill a position, so it seems that johnlemmon's post below has some truth to it.
Reply johnlemmon
3:25 AM on November 4, 2012 
great, that question is easy to answer... the jobs go to the ones who are friends or relatives with principals. it used to be just hearsay but it is true nowdays.. the principals and their deputy's and the ''cliques'' that they form, keep out many who 'really want to teach..'... the department give graduates no idea that there is a shortage, when you ask, nobody has a proper answer... and by the final 'prac..'' all the jobs are given to the 'golden girls'...