Are you looking for a new job?
Do you want to find a career that is both rewarding and challenging?
This blog post will provide you with 11 steps to help you find a job in SEN / SEND. It doesn't matter what your education or professional background is, as there are many opportunities available to support people with disabilities.
If you are looking for job in SEN, then there are some essential steps that you need to take to increase your chances of finding your perfect position.
Here are 11 tips to securing a career in SEN
1. Research the types of SEN jobs available and identify which ones would be a good fit for you.
2. Make a list of your skills and experience and think about how they could be relevant to SEN jobs or can transfer easily to the SEND sector.
3. Create a strong CV highlighting your skills and experience relevant to the role.
4. Start networking with people who work in Special Education or know a thing or two about the industry. This can help you learn more about the sector and identify potential openings.
5. During your networking, explain why you are interested in working in SEND and what motivates you to work in this area. Don’t forget to go through your own personal contacts and let them know that you are looking to change jobs. Ask if they could help with any recommendations or introduce you to companies who might be hiring SEN staff at this time.
6. Attend seminars or workshops on topics related to SEN so that you can learn more about the latest trends within the sector. This will help you to develop your knowledge and skills, improve your credibility at interview stage and provide potential employers with reassurance that you know your stuff!
7. Get involved in online discussions or forums related to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities so that you can learn from other professionals' experiences and expertise.
8. Read articles, books, and whitepapers about SEN so that you can stay up to date with the latest developments.
9. Subscribe to newsletters, job alerts or email updates that focus on SEN job openings so you can stay informed about new opportunities as they become available. Register yourself on a specialist jobsite such as http://www.senploy.co.uk and upload your CV.
10. Attend job fairs and networking events specifically focused on careers in Special Education. This is a great way to meet potential employers and learn more about available roles.
11. Be aware of the latest changes in SEN legislation so that you are familiar with best practice and what is expected from professionals working within this area.
Starting your career in SEN is only a few steps away
Take some time to explore the best type of job role that will suit you within SEND.
Do you want a teaching position at primary school level? What training and qualifications are required for this role? Would you prefer to be a Teaching Assistant or Mentor to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities? Perhaps a specialist therapist or medical focused positions may be more suited to your experience, qualifications, or aspirations.
There are many different types of jobs available in Special Education for individuals with degrees and relevant certificates. Don’t forget that you can also undertake training and qualifications whilst working in SEND, so you can become a fully qualified practitioner in whichever role you choose to do.
Following these 11 steps will help you increase your chances of finding an SEN job that is the perfect fit for you. Remember to be patient, persistent, and proactive in your job search, and don't give up until you find the correct position. Good luck!
To listen to an audio version of this blog post click here: https://www.helpinghandstrainingspecialists.com/podcast/episode/265df6b3/11-steps-to-getting-a-job-in-the-special-educational-needs-sector-from-senploy