The highs and lows - teaching to recruitment.


The highs and lows - teaching to recruitment.

By Josh Barraclough

So, imagine it. It's Monday morning, around 8am. You've got your PowerPoints set up. Your Youtube links are all ready. The stress levels, which are always bubbling underneath are at their normal level and you sit for two moments. And then something, something which normally wouldn't make an ounce of difference throws you in a completely different direction.

It could be something small. And it doesn't have to be a negative, it could be a co-worker went to Costa and brings you a coffee. Or you forgot that its Doris's birthday, and you get given a slice of cake. It could be something minor, and not even immediate, you've been put on cover on Wednesday when you planned to get those tests marked.

Or, horror in the modern teaching world, the internet or power goes down, and all your planning has out of the window, and you have bottom set year 9 coming in for a double, and all you have to placate them is a board pen, and you are teaching atomic theory, and your drawing skills lack well, any ability whatsoever. Or, something like that...

But there's the wins too! That moment when you've planned an excellent lesson and your students all walk out bouncing because they know its been a successful lesson, or when your lesson, with top set year 7, takes a complete left turn and you spend 15 mins talking about structural support of bridges, and your boss walks in and loved it and their enthusiasm.

Recruitment is the same. It can still be a co-worker bringing in coffee which sets the day off right. Or it can be that mad dash, when your company gets in a new contract, and the entire office is buzzing with excitement. This week alone I have arranged 6 interviews with candidates and clients, feeling the shift in the current market as people who have been freelance for years start to have a change in heart and wish to become permanent.

There's the lows too. When you spend hours researching a role, prepping candidates CVs, reading through the requirements, speaking to those candidates and falls through. There are a multitude of reasons it can fall through, and no one is directly at fault. The client might decide that they would rather have a freelance as the work is sporadic. Or the candidate, who on Monday wanted a new role, by Wednesday has had second thoughts once an interview has been offered because "Work isn't actually that bad is it?".

Its the highs that carry you through as in any role. Lows are inevitable. You feel the shoulders drop, the wind knocked out of you as you exhale, feeling that most of Monday afternoon might as well not have happened.

But when you get those highs. When you get to call people and tell them they have interviews with companies which will keep them closer to home, or be that next step in their career, be it a promotion or the same job, but in a much larger company. Or just a person who is so audibly fed up with their current employment status, that a call, any call which offers hope at the end of the tunnel, makes all those lows melt away.