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Dear Theo- Moving from Japan

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by eoghan101, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Hi Theo,
    I am qualified English teacher from Ireland. I am currently working in Japan, teaching English with the JET programme. I am looking to relocate to the London area and would appreciate any advice.
    Just to give you some more info. I received a 2.1 in my 4 year education degree and am qualified to teach English and Religious studies. I found out through my current employers that they had been contacted for a reference. I am taking this as good news, but would love your advice regarding my situation.
    Thanks Eoghan
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    There's Good News and Bad News for you!
    The first Good News is that you are hoping to move to London. There are more jobs there - because there are more schools. But the Bad News is that there are also more jobs because teachers find it expensive to live there, and some schools are in problem areas where teaching is a pretty tough job. After polite Japanese students you might find that very hard going.
    The second Good News is that English is currently a shortage subject in the London area - although this tends to change very quickly. The Bad News is that RS is being sidelined a little with the new E-Bac, so less demand. But the flexibility of 2 subjects is always good, and your ESOL experience will be welcomed in schools in London where they have large numbers of students with Other Languages.
    The less good news is that schools are required by the Safer Recruiting guidelines to have face-to-face interviews with all candidates for posts that involve working with children. This means that those of you working abroad normally have to be either back in the UK, or ready and able to get back here, at your expense, at a moment's notice.
    Now the fact that the school has taken up references shows that they are interested in your skills and experience. How they will get over the interview issue, I don't know.
    Best of luck!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!

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