Know your worth
COVID continues to put pressure on a workforce that is already stretched to its limits.
Currently, early childhood teachers are in a unique position where there are more job vacancies than there are teachers to fill them. Know your worth and understand what it is that you want in a job and look for something that aligns with your values.
IEU organisers receive weekly calls from teachers who are thinking of changing jobs. They question the poor pay and conditions in their current positions.
A bad situation can help you to understand what’s important in your work. Know your rights as an employee and don’t be afraid to ask for your entitlements, the union is here to support you.
If you are not happy with your current pay and conditions, it helps to know that not all employers are equal. Some services only pay their teachers the bare minimum on the modern award, while others have enterprise agreements and pay their staff closer to teachers in primary schools.
But it’s not just pay rates that make a good employer, working conditions such as paid lunch breaks, non-contact time and extra holidays make for happier workplaces.
The IEU can help you understand pay and conditions at different services if you are considering changing employment.
Ensure your resume is current and include your skills, experience, and professional education. This is something the IEU can also assist teachers with.
Revisit your personal philosophy of teaching, your ‘why’. This will help to reignite a passion for the sector that may have been lost over the last two years.
Update your LinkedIn profile so potential employers can see you are actively looking.
It takes a lot of courage to change jobs and it might not be the right time, but whether you stay or go, remember, as an early childhood teacher, you possess unique skills and knowledge that deserve to be recognised and rewarded.