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Has the ship sailed?

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by atlasschmatlas, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. This is my first time round applying for jobs abroad. Checked the TES on a daily basis applied for a couple but heard nothing back. I have noticed at the moment there is barely a job available in an international school to teach my subject. Has the ship sailed? For those of you experienced in the field will I have to wait until next year or internationals still be on the lookout?
  2. Keep looking and keep applying.
    I didn't land my first job until August.
    You will probably have to apply for a lot more than 'a couple'.
  3. You are a bit late, but there is still a chance. Keep having a go, at worst it will be good practice for next year. And rw is right to say you'll need to apply for more than a couple, take it from me:
    First time around: applied for over a hundred jobs until I was offered one that I accepted (and it was a terrible job)
    Second time around: applied for around fifty jobs until I got something in an ok school.
    Third time around: applied for three jobs. Was offered two of them and both were at excellent schools.
    Moral of the story, it'll be easier after a while but that first job abroad might take a few tries before you get it...
    Good luck
  4. My first time also (in third year of teaching in UK) - have applied for a lot (abut 25 so far), heard back from 2. Have first interview next week. Also check website for Council of International Schools - they have some positions on there which haven't been advertised on TES.
    Keep going and good luck!
  5. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Ahem, my present post was a result of around 35 applications. I've over ten years of experience at primary level and many years abroad. Competitive old world out there sunshine though some of the recent posts have made it sound a walk in the park to get interviews. **** school in the MIddle East fair enough, but decent posts maybe reeling in up to 300 applications.
  6. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    Yes it has, but there are always many ships around. Some dock very regularly and some come around only once or twice a decade.
    Occasionally some ships have crew jumping ship at inopportune moments so they need to pull into a port in a hurry. These events seem to happen at all times of the year.
    Before you do embark upon your maiden voyage, you may wish to see which flag the ship is flying, whether or not she is regularly mainained and serviced and whether or not there are enough crew to deal with all the passengers. Or even if there are enough passengers to pay the wages of the crew.
    International waters can occasionally get very choppy, with storms appearing all of a sudden. Some ships sail under a flag of convenience and there are pirates and sharks all around. You will need a ship that is not only trustworthy, reliable and well serviced, but that has also a good captain at the helm.
    Bon voyage.

  7. Alphaalpha

    Alphaalpha New commenter

    You have mail!
  8. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    I would agree with happygreenfrog's assessment of many (perhaps the majority) of the schools in the Middle East. Richard Vaughan's recent article in the TES gave the Cambridge International School a bit of a pasting. It will be interesting to see how quickly the TES moderators delete this post because I have just mentioned the name of a specific school. (Richard Vaughan's article mentions the name of the school I don't know how many times!) Anyway, there are plenty of schools in Doha and in other parts of the Middle East that are just as bad as the Cambridge.
  9. qualiteacher

    qualiteacher New commenter

    Don't give up all hope. There are still some good schools advertising. They have people resign or pull out at the last minute for a variety of reasons. I guess it does depend on what your specialism is though, but you certainly still have a chance, same as everyone else.
  10. Thisismytruth

    Thisismytruth New commenter


    Any link to that Vaughan article. Had a search but cannot find it.
  11. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    I am planning to scan it and send it to anyone who is interested. RC really went to town on the Cambridge - I thought that the TES was terrified of libel action? - but alas what he wrote was applicable to quite a few schools in Doha.
  12. lovely.lady

    lovely.lady Occasional commenter

  13. Nice metaphor... And a correct one to boot. Don't worry OP, further shores still await you, just keep on looking for the right boat to take you there.

  14. SMT dude

    SMT dude New commenter

    We set sail once again this bonny morning, and how jolly to report that passengers and crew are not only more than sufficient in number but look fightin'-fit and enthusiastic about our cruise. The Purser is delighted by our accounts - his trimming the number of lifeboats was a masterstroke. The Chief Petty Officer has arranged a really interesting programme of 'examinations' for older passengers, there'll be the usual fun and games in sunny June, and everyone young and old gleefully anticipates healthy physical fun both on deck while the sun shines and in the staterooms after dark.
    The decks are scrubbed, the hull freshly painted, the heads lavender-scented, the engine throbbing, 'predestination in the stride of yon connecting rod'. Each cabin is chock-full of modern communication and social networking technology, and the ocean is a blissful azure dream.
    Officers and crew have done so splendid a job that I am at leisure to sit up here on the bridge fingering the creases of my white uniform and relishing a cup of coffee-with-a-dash proffered by one of the smart young people we employ to serve the Master.
    We are all looking forward to later on in the cruise when I intend to take the jolly old barky right tight inshore down Málaga way and give a retired colleague a bit of a how-d'ye do from the crow's nest - there are rocks on those coasts, but we've never hit 'em before, so why should we now?
    To business - the Press Gang's performance. I confess that even a wizened salt like me raised a warning signal last month, when all the quayside dens of Old England were scoured, with very slim pickings indeed.
    I sent the boys back ashore to do better, and lo-and-behold there are dozens of sprightly Jack and Jill Tars willing to chance their arm sailing under Honest Dude's flag of convenience.
    Why this should be, is a mystery to this simple West Countryman. The recruiting season, unlike wind and tide, knows not rhyme nor reason. But Ol' Neptune is smiling upon us again - why, we may yet scrape the rust off our harpoons and have a crack at the White Whale this summer.
  15. yasimum

    yasimum New commenter

    Are you taking something Dude?
  16. wrldtrvlr123

    wrldtrvlr123 Occasional commenter

    And did you bring enough for everyone?
  17. SMT dude

    SMT dude New commenter

    Never leave port without it.
  18. yasimum

    yasimum New commenter

    Looks good, I'll have to go get myself a case or two of it.

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