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18-06-2019, 11:46   #31
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Unless you have a relative who can get you a job in a school afterwards don't do it. Hibernia (and the other colleges) are turning out huge numbers of newly qualified teachers - way more than there are jobs for. There will be about 500 in your class (There were 450 in September 2018 cohort - and that was just the September cohort. Add to that the April cohort and then all the others NQTs coming from other colleges - and back from the middle east, now that the minister is out there bribing them to come home!).The course is horrendous and way over priced. If you must - go to Scotland where they will practically pay you to study and convert the Irish requirement later. You probably won't need it anyway as majority of NQTs have to go abroad to get work where you will not be required to teach Irish. Honestly, don't take my word for it. Go in to any staff room in the country and meet the NQTs there scrambling about trying to find the scraps of subbing and maternity leaves that keep them hoping for a full time job for years on end.
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Unless you have a relative who can get you a job in a school afterwards don't do it. Hibernia (and the other colleges) are turning out huge numbers of newly qualified teachers - way more than there are jobs for. There will be about 500 in your class (There were 450 in September 2018 cohort - and that was just the September cohort. Add to that the April cohort and then all the others NQTs coming from other colleges - and back from the middle east, now that the minister is out there bribing them to come home!).The course is horrendous and way over priced. If you must - go to Scotland where they will practically pay you to study and convert the Irish requirement later. You probably won't need it anyway as majority of NQTs have to go abroad to get work where you will not be required to teach Irish. Honestly, don't take my word for it. Go in to any staff room in the country and meet the NQTs there scrambling about trying to find the scraps of subbing and maternity leaves that keep them hoping for a full time job for years on end.
How many teachers do they graduate each year there? Numbers sound really high, also wondering is this because the entry requirements are looser than the other colleges. Not saying this is the case obviously and another thing I suppose is that because it’s online the only classroom space they need is virtual which equals none.
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they hire space all over the country in hotels or third level campus facilities each weekend for the onsite learning. They happen every weekend.


Plenty of work out there but i guess you need to be broad minded.
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How many teachers do they graduate each year there? Numbers sound really high, also wondering is this because the entry requirements are looser than the other colleges. Not saying this is the case obviously and another thing I suppose is that because it’s online the only classroom space they need is virtual which equals none.
They do not publish the the numbers of graduates. I have searched and asked - no response. Yes, they have high numbers because they are not limited by lecture theatre space. They do hire spaces around the country for Saturday lectures which happen once per month on average.
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I have seen a lot
of comments that the on-site Saturday lectures take place weekly, fortnightly, monthly. Which is it?

Hibernia College said they are fortnightly, for anyone doing the course are they weekly at times?
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For the most part of the year it's weekly. There are times when it's fortnightly.
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Hi Everyone I had my interview and unfortunately I was unsuccessful in both the Gaeilge and English. I'm finding it hard to get back into studying for it but getting there. I'm hoping to reapply for the Spring 2020 intake.

Has anyone any advice ? I'm working away with the Gaeilge prep (I think I was just really nervous in the interview because I was so out of practice). I'm mainly looking for advice re the English part. They asked me to speak about a topic for 1 minute (I spoke about the environment). What are good topics that people felt performed well under the time limit of 1 minute ?
Any advice about the interview in general is welcome.

I thought I would post the questions I was asked, hopefully they will help anyone who is preparing at the moment.

Topics I was asked to speak about in English:
Why I wanted be become a teacher ?
How would I deal with a conflict ?
How would I deal with bullying- if a parent complained about their child being bullied under your watch ?
Speak about a topic for 1 minute
What would you do if you were told to go and teach second class tomorrow-how would you prepare and what would you do ?
How would you stay motivated if you were a teacher ?
What would you do if you had to work with someone that wasn't a nice person and that no one got on with ?
How would you organise a classroom ?

Topics I was asked to speak about as Gaeilge
Where I lived
What did I do the weekend
What would I do if I had a lot of money
What do I think of the internet and should the classroom utilise it
How did I get to the interview
The traits of a good teacher


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Did you get any feedback on your interview or as to why you didn’t get through? Also how long were you waiting on the outcome?
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Hi Everyone I had my interview and unfortunately I was unsuccessful in both the Gaeilge and English. I'm finding it hard to get back into studying for it but getting there. I'm hoping to reapply for the Spring 2020 intake.

Has anyone any advice ? I'm working away with the Gaeilge prep (I think I was just really nervous in the interview because I was so out of practice). I'm mainly looking for advice re the English part. They asked me to speak about a topic for 1 minute (I spoke about the environment). What are good topics that people felt performed well under the time limit of 1 minute ?
Any advice about the interview in general is welcome.

I thought I would post the questions I was asked, hopefully they will help anyone who is preparing at the moment.

Topics I was asked to speak about in English:
Why I wanted be become a teacher ?
How would I deal with a conflict ?
How would I deal with bullying- if a parent complained about their child being bullied under your watch ?
Speak about a topic for 1 minute
What would you do if you were told to go and teach second class tomorrow-how would you prepare and what would you do ?
How would you stay motivated if you were a teacher ?
What would you do if you had to work with someone that wasn't a nice person and that no one got on with ?
How would you organise a classroom ?

Topics I was asked to speak about as Gaeilge
Where I lived
What did I do the weekend
What would I do if I had a lot of money
What do I think of the internet and should the classroom utilise it
How did I get to the interview
The traits of a good teacher


Thanks all
Hi,

Did you get any feedback on your interview or as to why you didn’t get through? Also how long were you waiting on the outcome?
Thanks
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Smcar09,

I’m sorry to hear that you were unsuccessful. I think if you really want to get on the course you may need to pay for some help. Either get grinds or do an irish course that will prepare you for the Hibernia interview. As you failed the English aswell I think you should go to an interview coach. Someone who will go through your answers with you. I would literally go to them with your list of possible questions and get good concrete answers prepared.

I had my interview in February and I got a place. I had not used my irish in 15 years. I spent about 7 hours a week on my irish for 6 months and I did a good irish interview. I was speaking irish for two hours every week with an irish teacher. I’m sure plenty don’t go to these extremes. But I know many who do. L

You need to get as many questions for the interview down on paper and become familiar with your answers. This way when you are in the interview you will be under less pressure.

For the topic for one minute. I would try and think of something that shows you would be a good candidate for the course. Like have you ever mentored people or trained a team etc.

If you know anyone who works in HR/recruitment, they might be happy to do a few mock interviews. If you are very well prepared next time, a lot of the nerves etc will go.
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Thanks everyone for your comments. I was waiting just 5 days if I remember correctly. Unfortunately, they said they can't give any feedback on the interview.
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Thanks Olivia, I really appreciate the time you took to give that feedback. I'm hoping to start grinds now in October. Regarding the topic, I don't have much experience leading teams or mentoring people. I have trained people in on a new job etc but it isn't in the educational capacity.
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Thanks everyone for your comments. I was waiting just 5 days if I remember correctly. Unfortunately, they said they can't give any feedback on the interview.
They were writing notes about you during the interview so I think that's your data.
Did they digitally record the audio 'for quality purposes'?
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Hi, yes they did. It was recorded too. Is it the interviewee's right to have access to this ?
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Unless you have a relative who can get you a job in a school afterwards don't do it. Hibernia (and the other colleges) are turning out huge numbers of newly qualified teachers - way more than there are jobs for. There will be about 500 in your class (There were 450 in September 2018 cohort - and that was just the September cohort. Add to that the April cohort and then all the others NQTs coming from other colleges - and back from the middle east, now that the minister is out there bribing them to come home!).The course is horrendous and way over priced. If you must - go to Scotland where they will practically pay you to study and convert the Irish requirement later. You probably won't need it anyway as majority of NQTs have to go abroad to get work where you will not be required to teach Irish. Honestly, don't take my word for it. Go in to any staff room in the country and meet the NQTs there scrambling about trying to find the scraps of subbing and maternity leaves that keep them hoping for a full time job for years on end.
I really wish people would read and pay attention to this.
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Thanks Olivia, I really appreciate the time you took to give that feedback. I'm hoping to start grinds now in October. Regarding the topic, I don't have much experience leading teams or mentoring people. I have trained people in on a new job etc but it isn't in the educational capacity.
Smcar, it doesn't matter that it wasn't in the education sector. You were teaching people to do something. They were able to do their job because you taught them. Just elaborate on that. You can say that you found it very fulfilling etc etc. Sorry fir the late reply. I started the course at the start of the month. Busy bee!!
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