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Old 19-12-2018, 12:44 PM   #3241
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so im feeling really anxious because i have yet to go for medical after being shortlisted. feels like im the only one i dont know what my chances are at this point. just feeling really down.
Do you receive the shortlisted email? What subjects you applied for? I have not receive any medical emails yet as well.
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Old 19-12-2018, 12:50 PM   #3242
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so im feeling really anxious because i have yet to go for medical after being shortlisted. feels like im the only one i dont know what my chances are at this point. just feeling really down.
Same!!!! I am just tempted to send a chaser email to moe but the last time I enquired about the medical check up on 27th November, I was met with a template reply that they are still processing. SIGH!
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Old 19-12-2018, 01:01 PM   #3243
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Tmr is 20th, anyone receive any news so far?
some have received offer email, some (like me) haven't! i believe there are multiple appointment briefing dates, so as long as there's no rejection we still have hope!
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Old 19-12-2018, 01:04 PM   #3244
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some have received offer email, some (like me) haven't! i believe there are multiple appointment briefing dates, so as long as there's no rejection we still have hope!
Feeling nervous every single day, the first thing I do everyday when I wake up is to check my email..
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Old 19-12-2018, 03:44 PM   #3245
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I haven’t gotten mine either 😅. One possibility is that officers are clearing leave 😂.

so im feeling really anxious because i have yet to go for medical after being shortlisted. feels like im the only one i dont know what my chances are at this point. just feeling really down.
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Old 19-12-2018, 07:53 PM   #3246
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Feeling nervous every single day, the first thing I do everyday when I wake up is to check my email..
same! checking email multiple times a day
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Old 20-12-2018, 01:21 AM   #3247
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I have a BA Honours degree in Arts, and I have no prior counseling skills when I applied for the job.
Thank for your sharing. BTW, if you don't mind sharing whether you have any experience in education or volunteer work involving children and youths?
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Old 20-12-2018, 02:55 PM   #3248
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I applied during the Sep 18 window.
Got shortlisted for interview on 21th September
went for the interview in mid Oct
Received the medical on 22nd Nov
received the possible offer last friday at around 5pm.

my application was for PGDE(SEC).
Hopefully it helps.
Hello,Can you share what about the appointment briefing today,what are the levels and subjects,thanks.
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Old 20-12-2018, 03:35 PM   #3249
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Hello,Can you share what about the appointment briefing today,what are the levels and subjects,thanks.
it was just the standard briefing for civil service(the dos and donts, and the code of conduct), followed by the actual signing of the contract. Basically the HR will address any questions you may have regarding the contract before you sign on the dotted line.

I didn't speak to anyone there(i just sat in front, listened to the briefing , signed and went back to work) , so im not sure of the profile of the people or what they were selected for. But the intake seemed to be rather small, the total number of people there was around 30(or slightly less). Most of the teachers to be are fresh graduates, around 25% are mid career switches but you wouldnt be able to tell(they look young as well,how do you tell someone is 22 or 27 anyway , haha).
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Old 20-12-2018, 03:49 PM   #3250
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it was just the standard briefing for civil service(the dos and donts, and the code of conduct), followed by the actual signing of the contract. Basically the HR will address any questions you may have regarding the contract before you sign on the dotted line.

I didn't speak to anyone there(i just sat in front, listened to the briefing , signed and went back to work) , so im not sure of the profile of the people or what they were selected for. But the intake seemed to be rather small, the total number of people there was around 30(or slightly less). Most of the teachers to be are fresh graduates, around 25% are mid career switches but you wouldnt be able to tell(they look young as well,how do you tell someone is 22 or 27 anyway , haha).
Nice, when will your contract teaching start?
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Old 20-12-2018, 03:51 PM   #3251
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it was just the standard briefing for civil service(the dos and donts, and the code of conduct), followed by the actual signing of the contract. Basically the HR will address any questions you may have regarding the contract before you sign on the dotted line.

I didn't speak to anyone there(i just sat in front, listened to the briefing , signed and went back to work) , so im not sure of the profile of the people or what they were selected for. But the intake seemed to be rather small, the total number of people there was around 30(or slightly less). Most of the teachers to be are fresh graduates, around 25% are mid career switches but you wouldnt be able to tell(they look young as well,how do you tell someone is 22 or 27 anyway , haha).
haha, I see. Thank you and Congratulation.
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Old 20-12-2018, 04:11 PM   #3252
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Thank for your sharing. BTW, if you don't mind sharing whether you have any experience in education or volunteer work involving children and youths?
I have been teaching in the Singapore Boys’/Girls’ home for the past few years. It does help to do some research for the untrained position, so you won’t be taken aback as to what it actually entails to be a school counselor. For example, the amount of heart and soul that is required to take on the role and the ever ongoing studying for your clients . Just like being a teacher, the responsibility is a fair bit, especially when it is just a few school counselors to an entire school.
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Old 20-12-2018, 05:50 PM   #3253
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Thanks for sharing ! Can I check with you, when do they actually present the salary offer. Is it before the appt briefing or after?

it was just the standard briefing for civil service(the dos and donts, and the code of conduct), followed by the actual signing of the contract. Basically the HR will address any questions you may have regarding the contract before you sign on the dotted line.

I didn't speak to anyone there(i just sat in front, listened to the briefing , signed and went back to work) , so im not sure of the profile of the people or what they were selected for. But the intake seemed to be rather small, the total number of people there was around 30(or slightly less). Most of the teachers to be are fresh graduates, around 25% are mid career switches but you wouldnt be able to tell(they look young as well,how do you tell someone is 22 or 27 anyway , haha).
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Old 20-12-2018, 06:48 PM   #3254
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They will state it in the offer letter sent to you before you attend the appt briefing

Thanks for sharing ! Can I check with you, when do they actually present the salary offer. Is it before the appt briefing or after?
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Old 20-12-2018, 07:37 PM   #3255
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Time really flies and it has been more than 4 years since I last visited this thread. I remembered browsing this thread when I submitted my application to MOE and like most members here, was nervous about the interview.

I'm writing to share my experiences about teaching and hopefully someone can gain some insight into the job and make better decisions for themselves.

The dreaded interview

When I was called up for the interview, I was offered PE and English. The way the interview was conducted was true to what had already been mentioned to death in this thread. There was the short presentation and I was interviewed by a panel of four people. Of course, there was also the short essay.

I remembered being rushed into the interview room before I finished the essay because the interviewers were tired of waiting for the admin to be done. Luckily, I was almost done.

The presentation was prepared beforehand. My suggestion is to pick something that is related to your teaching subject and at least demonstrate that you have the potential to deliver the content. It's a really short presentation so no worries there.

After that came the question and answer. Questions were really HR related questions like why did you choose to teach English. Note that you can't really prepare for this as questions do change depending on the interviewer. In my case, since I was already a mid-career change applicant, they asked me why I chose teaching as my second career. Also, be mindful of questions that test you on integrity issues - e.g. what would you do if you discovered a colleague leaking exam questions? Just think on your feet and come up with sensible answers and you'll do alright.

By the end of the interview, I kind of knew the interview was a success as they told me to quickly go take the fitness test.

The fitness test for PE teachers (skip this part if it doesn't apply to you)

The fitness test cannot be underestimated. I was in my late thirties when I took the test. This is NOT IPPT or NAPFA. Getting a gold in NAPFA does not guarantee a pass. Test takers have been known to fail the gymnastics and agility run component. Be sure to practise for those components on your own before taking the test.

Badminton as long as you can stroke and move well round the court you'll do alright. For the ball game, just run into space and keep communicating with your teammates. For swimming, there is no time limit. So just enjoy a relaxing swim.

Life in a secondary school

Life in school wasn't really bad. As a contract teacher, you are not really loaded with lots of duties. Of course, if you go through NIE to become a trained teacher, you will get more and more responsibilities. Your HOD will brief you on these details.

From my observations, teachers do indeed need to handle a fair bit of administrative work. About 60% of the time, they are engaged in operational issues - form teacher duties, CCA, marking, entering data, setting papers, manning special programs, etc. This isn't a bad thing if you enjoy these activities but they do take up quite a fair bit of your time.

As a result, teaching kind of takes a back seat. If you are looking purely to focus more on teaching, private tutoring is a more appropriate route. Besides, it's sometimes not within a teacher's control as to the type of students that they get. In most classes, there are always a handful of bad eggs that spoil the broth. They are hyperactive or have boundary issues and just disrupt lessons - thus making teaching less feasible and enjoyable.

I preferred to have more freedom in my teaching methods and spend more time teaching than handling operational issues. So I opted to go back to private tutoring after my contract stint.

Life as a private tutor

One of the perks of being a private tutor is NOT having more free time - it's being able to choose the students whom I can work with. If a student continues to misbehave despite numerous warnings and reminders, I have the option to drop the student. As a school teacher, this option is unavailable.

Although being a private tutor means that I'm not bogged down by school admin duties, it does mean that I have to take responsibility of other tasks such as student recruitment and resource creation. And both can be rather time consuming.

Next year will be my fifth year in private tutoring and for sure, there are ups and downs. However, considering everything, I still prefer being a private tutor as it suits me more. Maybe being a school teacher suits you better? Who knows. If you're really keen, just try it out.

Good luck to your interview and enjoy your teaching journey!
Hi, thanks for sharing! Mind sharing with us how many students do you have in your portfolio, how many hours do you work per week and on avg how much are you earning per month for a full time private tutor?
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