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Teach First. What will you lead next?
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Can you make a difference?

In New Zealand, if you grow up in a low-income household you have lots of odds stacked against you. Things like not having enough food, living in a crowded and cold house, having parents working long hours to make ends meet. These conditions make it much harder to do well at school.

We don't think the income of your parents should determine your educational chances. Do you?

This is a big problem affecting over 305,000 kiwi kids and it's going to take lots of really talented people to tackle it.

So here's our bright idea:

We recruit people like you to teach for two years in a low-decile secondary school. We train you to teach, we develop your leadership skills and help you to make a big difference in the lives of your learners. At the end of the two years, whether you choose to progress your career in education, business, government, social entrepreneurship or further study, you’ll be supported by the Teach First network.

Teach first and discover the difference you can make.

This short quiz will give you a taste of what we look for.

You can make a difference. Use your degree. Teach First.


Applications close: 31 October 2018
How much do you care about the issue of educational inequality in Aotearoa New Zealand? (the number of children who fall through the cracks of our education system from low-income homes vs those from higher income homes)

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I care a lot.
Not so much.
In their work, some people like to plan every hour of their day, others prefer to wing it. Where do you sit on the scale?

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Plan it
Wing it
Your sweet new kicks are suddenly not so sweet anymore - there's a giant hole in the sole and you believe it is due to a defect in the shoe. Your next action is to:

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Email the store and let them know how unhappy you are. Actually, you're still waiting for a reply.
Take them back to the store, explain you need a refund and make it clear that you won't be leaving until you get one.
You're walking home with a takeaway curry after you've been working late on a cold night. You come across a person your age about to settle in for a night on the streets. Guessing they probably haven't eaten dinner yet, how likely are you to offer them yours? (1- no way, 5 - unsure, 10 - yes way)

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Working in a team or flying solo?

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If I'm not working with a team, I suspect I might shrivel up and die.
I prefer my own company .
You are at a dinner party and a group of people start talking about an issue you have very strong opposing views about. Are you most likely to:

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Bring on the debate! What is the point of having a point of view if you're not prepared to share it?
Listen attentively and stay quiet. You don't want to risk anyone getting indigestion from a heated debate.
You've secured some good marks in your internal assignments that have you on track to getting a B+ grade. The final exam is worth 20%. If you do the bare minimum you'll maintain your grade, or with some extra effort you have a good shot at getting an A. What's your plan?

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I haven't come this far to step off the gas at the last hurdle. I'd be disappointed if my mark didn't reflect what I was capable of.
I believe in working smart. B+ is a solid finish, and the time I save studying for the exam I can put to good use on my other assignments.
Resilience can be defined by your ability to bounce back from challenges or setbacks, or a measure of your internal tough-guy/gal. How would you rate your resilience?

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Wonder Woman or Captain America.
Shaggy from Scooby Doo.
How likely are you to set up a new club or take a new idea forward? (1 not likely at all, 10 - already done it, got the t-shirt)

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How do you rate your communication skills? (1 - they don't rate, 10 - I think I was a talk show host in a past life)

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What's most important to you in a job?

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  • An organisation that makes me feel part of something exciting
  • An awesome team of people to work with
  • Feeling like I'm making a difference in the world
  • Lots of opportunity for professional and personal development
  • A big salary and great job title
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Look before you leap.

We look for a broad range of qualities in the candidates we recruit onto the Teach First NZ leadership development programme. These include being a high achiever, caring about others, being resilient and willing to stand up for what you believe in. You might want to do some more reading about our programme on our website at teachfirstnz.org to confirm if this programme is a fit for you. If you decide to sign up to join our community of future leaders, we look forward to learning more about you. Register here.

Teach First. What will you lead next?

We’ve got a lot in common

Your answers indicate that there are many areas where your skills and mind-sets are a match with what we’re looking for. If you recognise qualities in yourself such as being a high achiever, caring about others, being resilient and willing to stand up for what you believe in, then this is the programme for you.

We recommend you fill in a registration form here and we look forward to learning more about you.

Teach First. What will you lead next?

What are you waiting for?

We make no apologies for setting a high bar for entry onto our Leadership Development Programme, and you have the kinds of qualities and mind-sets that will set you up for success.

Your answers indicate that you are looking for a job that will give you a strong sense of purpose and the opportunity to make a real difference. That you are willing to stand up for what you believe in, have high empathy towards others, are a natural high achiever and a good communicator.

We have no hesitation in recommending that you fill in a registration form here and we look forward to learning more about you.

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