Congratulations, you have finally graduated college, yet there is still one obstacle left to overcome before you can be officially recognised as a Fully Qualified Primary School Teacher in Ireland, or any where else in the world for that matter. That my friends is the dreaded DIP.
Now, I will not lie, once you lock down that sub-mat leave or fixed term contract, you need to be ready for the most challenging 100 days of your professional career.
Is it do-able? Totally!
Can you smash it? Most definitely!!
Will it take every ounce of energy you have? Oh hell yes!!!
What I will say though, is that it is completely achievable once you give yourself the time you need to prepare, and are willing to put the effort in.
Hitting the gym, going for a walks or continuing with a favourite hobby throughout the dip will be essential to help keep your mind fresh and you life balanced.
So where do you begin?