Teaching assistant jobs are in high demand. They’re perfect for parents who need a job that fits around school hours and term times. Applying for a job as a teaching assistant with no experience may put you at a disadvantage. Candidates with experience are more likely to make the shortlist for interview. But there are steps you can take to improve your chances of getting a teaching assistant job.
Experience in a classroom setting working with children is the most relevant and valuable. But there might not be any volunteering opportunities available. Or you may have other commitments that make volunteering at a school a problem.
Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to get experience that will be a valuable addition to your CV. The two things that the school or nursery will be looking for are:
It doesn’t matter if the experience you have working with children is through paid or voluntary work. Examples include; working as a sports coach, childminding and volunteering for youth groups. Or, working community organisations that engage with young people.
If the experience has helped you develop transferable skills for working in a classroom setting, it’s valuable.
Even having children that are the same age as the pupils you’ll be supporting is valuable experience.