Graduate still looking for teaching job

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

NANCY Lawson has wanted to be a school teacher for as long as she can remember, but after completing a university teaching course, Nancy is still unable to find work.

"I've spoken to a few people from my graduating class and it seems only about six people received full-time work out of about 24 of us ? it's pretty low, but it seems once people start teaching in Gladstone they don't want to leave,'' she said.

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Learning Management (BLM) at Central Queensland University's (CQU) Gladstone campus last year, Nancy said she applied for supply or contract work but nothing was available in Gladstone.

"At first I was excited about finishing and getting a job, but after talking to teachers you realise there's not much around ? the thought's open at the moment to move elsewhere, but my husband would also have to be able to transfer or it wouldn't work,'' she said.

CQU spokesman Marc Barnbaum said on average about 70 per cent of Gladstone BLM graduates were offered jobs within the first few months of finishing their degrees.

"We're confident that we're doing everything we can to equip students for the workforce, unfor-tunately the rest is up to the job market,'' he said.

Mr Barnbaum said the univer-sity's program had been created and praised by education employers, including Education Queensland, Catholic Education and independent schools.

"We've noticed that students maximise their chances of employment if they're prepared to move to areas where jobs can be found, but in Gladstone the number of places can be limited,'' he said.



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