Lexingtongue wrote:It's listed on the UK JET site under the medical section, I think. Do you think it would be okay to leave them off the application? I'd hate to be discriminated against because of a few daft mistakes I made as a youngster when they can't even be seen unless I want to show them (which I never do). I'd prefer the interviewer to not even know about them and judge me on my abilities rather than have a lingering doubt about me because I have a few tattoos.
That's interesting. I haven't seen a copy of this year's medical self-evaluation form yet, so I don't know if this is standard or not.
I understand your concern, but I can't advise leaving it off your application. If they are as you have indicated (small and easily hidden), I do not believe they would negatively impact your application, whereas if it is revealed that you purposely neglected to declare them, that could be grounds for disqualification or dismissal.
Most likely they want to prevent against having anything very graphic or vulgar for a person employed to teach in a classroom. My recommendation is to be honest and factual (e.g."two on back, two on upper arms; all are under 2 square inches in diameter and are easily hidden under everyday attire, including short-sleeved shirts").
It is possible you could be asked about them in the interview. Since it doesn't appear you want to be in a position to show them off, you might volunteer to say that you would cover them with band-aids if you are ever in a situation where it is impossible to keep them fully hidden, such as at a public bath or in a bathing suit.