Hi all, So 2019 is finally here and I've begun my search for international teaching jobs. Having done quite a bit of research I've begun to notice a lot of people talking about first degree mismatch. I know this is a particular issue in the Middle East, especially in the UAE, but I wanted to find out how much of an issue this is globally. If I may indulge my individual position for advice - BA in Philosophy, MA in Political Theory, PGCE Religious Studies, 7 years teaching experience in a range of different subjects such as RE, Philosophy, History, Geography, Law, Psychology, Head of Department for 2 years. I would be more than happy to teach and therefore apply for jobs in any of these subjects. Essentially, could someone enlighten me please - 1) Do I rule out the Middle East entirely for any jobs others than 'Philosophy' (which there don't seem to be any)? Or can I apply for jobs such as Islamic Studies, Religious Studies etc? 2) Are there any countries in the Middle East where the degree mismatch isn't necessarily a problem? There's a job in Bahrain I have thought about applying for. 3) How global is the issue - are there any countries I should not bother looking into because of a first degree mismatch issue? 4) Having experience teaching the above subjects, what kind of subjects can I apply for when it comes to international jobs. For example, can I apply for a Humanities position even though my degree is in Philosophy? I would be more than happy to do that in the UK, does it work very much the same way abroad? Thanks for your help everyone - this forum has been a great read. Some really informative people on here!