Originally Posted by byhookorbycrook
Sorry, can only help with the demand question. There is a massive oversupply of primary teachers in Ireland at the moment.People are finding it hard even to get an odd day of subbing.New entrants to teaching are cut on top of the cuts the rest of us have had imposed.I don't want to sound grim, but I would read up a bit more before you decide to go for it. Lots of money in fees, no income as such etc.
All of that said, I love my job, no two days are the same and you can make a real difference to the life of a child.Have you done some observation in schools. Bhfuil Gaeilge mhaith agat?
By demand, I was moreso referring to for the college. You make a decent point about the difficulty in getting work, no doubt about it. My hope is (and I emphasise the word hope rather than expectation) that 4 years will have made things a little better.
I've been working full time upto now, so I haven't gotten the chance to spend time in schools. My Irish is strong, but I wouldn't say fluent either. I'll spend a good bit of time brushing it up in preparation.
Mostly I'm wondering how much competition I should expect for this interview. I went for the postgrad in the past, and the competition was ridiculous. I can't help but assume though that there are much less mature students wanting to do a 4 year degree though.