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A year of further study or a year of teaching?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by venny414, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. venny414

    venny414 New commenter

    Hi all,

    Have been teaching for several years in perm positions - have resigned from my current one and so am deciding what to do from September.

    I am going to throw everything I've got into securing an international role starting hopefully in September 2020, but what would look better/more appealing to international schools on my CV for the next 12 months?

    Option A - a full time Masters degree in another Humanities subject that might lead to opportunities outside of teaching in the future (I already have a masters degree in my specialism) with some day to day supply teaching through the year


    Option B - I've just been offered at least two terms of subject specialism teaching in a great school (0.8 contract) starting in September.

    Taking aside finances and any longer term prospects as my ultimate goal is to teach internationally, what would be the best course of action do people think in order to achieve this?

    Thanks in advance all.
  2. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    Go for the teaching
  3. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    It's always easier to get a job if you have a job.

    Masters sounds interesting though - might be worth it in the longer term.
  4. kemevez

    kemevez Occasional commenter

    Where are these options? Are they in the UK or abroad? Has all of your experience so far been in The UK?
  5. venny414

    venny414 New commenter

    Sorry, forgot to mention, they're both in the UK and yes all of my experience has been in the UK thus far.
  6. taiyah

    taiyah Occasional commenter

    Either way. Job prospects shouldn't be a problem. A friend of mine took a year off to complete an MA in Ed but also project managed a self-build house. She wacked that on the CV. Got the job she wanted. Her feedback, the self-build project management sung out of her CV. Best of luck with your choice.
  7. markedout

    markedout Occasional commenter

    I would go for teaching, speaking as someone with two Masters Degrees completed while working full time - they need not be mutually exclusive.
  8. Lucy2711

    Lucy2711 Occasional commenter

    Agree with this. Something labelled as a full-time masters can usually be combined with a part-time job although whether with a 0.8 post would depend on other commitments.
    I did my master's while working full-time in a management role but found it a challenge at times and it absorbed a lot of the holidays. Don't regret it though.

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