The start of a new year brought a brand new consultant to the County Teachers team – James Davies. James actually worked with us as a teacher a few years back and we helped secure him a permanent position at a school after some long-term supply work. He must have enjoyed working with us that much that he came back! But this time, to be on the other end of the phone. His career change is an exciting one and we are looking forward to James developing into an experienced and personable consultant.
James has started off the year working in the area of Cambridgeshire, sourcing his own teachers and beginning to build relationships with schools. We hope that his knowledge of the teaching field will give him an edge when selecting and interviewing candidates. We asked James a few questions about his exciting new role.
So James, how do you feel about making the transition from a teacher to an education recruitment consultant?
It is an exciting change to be making. It’s great that I’m in a job where I am able to utilise my skills and learn so much more in a completely new environment. It is certainly a very new challenge, but one that I’m looking forward to. I’ve certainly enjoyed my time here so far!
What are you most looking forward to about your new role?
It may sound like a bit of a cliché, but in all honesty I just want to be helping teachers find the right job. In my experience and based on what colleagues have told me in the past, it is so important that as a teacher you are matched with the school that suits you. There really is a perfect fit for each teacher out there, I believe.
What skills did you develop as a teacher that you think will be transferrable to your new position?
There are the obvious answers such as the inner-workings of schools and curriculum/planning support, but also I think it’s important that a consultant understand what it is like to be a teacher. It really is a demanding job, and just being able to contact someone who has been in the same boat and may even be able to offer useful advice is an invaluable relationship to have.
Having worked with us before as a supply teacher, what advice would you give to our current supply teachers?
Give it a go. Being an NQT when I joined the agency, I really didn’t have a clue what kind of school I wanted to work in, or which subjects I would enjoy teaching. Supply teaching offers an absolute plethora of experiences, and I’m thankful for it as it gave me such a wide-ranged experience of education in a comparatively short time.