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How does a 1 year stint on your CV look to potential employers?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by marilyn2, Oct 16, 2020 at 12:02 AM.

  1. marilyn2

    marilyn2 New commenter

    I am in a bit of a quandary about what I should do about possibly leaving at the end of a 1 year contract. I'm really not happy, though I do know it's early days and have no idea really what to do. I'd never dream of breaking contract mid-year but I was wondering how only doing a 1 year stint at a school looks to employers. If I put '1 year contract' on my CV would that make a difference or would it be seen as negative either way? Are most teachers expected to do a minimum of 2 years? Has anyone been in this situation?

    Many thanks
  2. Duraz

    Duraz New commenter

    If you have a track record of staying in other schools for a longer period of time, have good references from those other schools and can explain why the current school isn't a good fit for you then I think it'll be alright.

    I left one school after a year, and I'm very glad I did.
  3. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    If you leave with the school's agreement, then there shouldn't be a problem (assuming your reference is OK.) Sometimes things just don't work out.
  4. percy topliss

    percy topliss Established commenter

    In over 20 years I have left 2 schools after one year. Both times I was, technically, in breach of a two year contract but I informed the people at the earliest opportunity and said I was willing to pay. When I went to my next interviews I told the truth, one school had lied to me at interview and the other one was just ****! My philosophy has always been that life is too short to waste any of it being unhappy. I am interested to see how the merry go round will work this year though with what has gone on.

    Take care,

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  5. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    Spot on, Perce, mon brave.
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  6. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    If leaving has anything to do with the pandemic, it’ll have less impact than other situations.
    Generally it’s not a good plan, but if balanced with other longer stays, it can turn out ok. Avoid drama when you talk to recruiters about it. They want to know you are calm and measured. And they want to hear similar from the schools you left.
  7. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    Absolutely agree with all the above, especially in these times - tell the truth - any decent school/recruiter will understand and take you at face value.
  8. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    I only did one year in Saudi, at the "house of thinking" school in Jeddah. Sometimes I wonder how I survived even for that one year, as it was so horrible!
  9. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Yes, I have several times. Just be honest-if you're covering a mat leave, you don't expect to stay (although sometimes people do p/t, but assuming you want FT, you'll need to go elsewhere when the woman returns). If it's for other reasons, just state honestly what they are. I don't see any problem in this, and it wasn't.
  10. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    I don't know how schools outside the UK look at this but as a general comment if it were a UK school what would matter is your overall employment history.

    If your record showed you repeatedly left jobs after a year or two it would likely count against you. But if you have normally stayed in jobs for a reasonable period then leaving one of them after one year is likely to be no problem at all, especially if you have your 'explanation' worked out. "It turned out to be a completely different job to what the school had led me to believe", etc.
  11. marilyn2

    marilyn2 New commenter

    Thank you everyone for all of your advice. Lots to think about.

  12. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

    I once got landed with interviewing a candidate, who I had previously rejected at a sister school, who had taught at 8 different schools in 8 years
    When I asked him about it, he replied, "I have a low boredom threshold and when i get bored, I just leave"
    10 / 10 for honesty, 0 / 10 chances of me employing him
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  13. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

  14. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Fun, yes?
    I rejected a candidate whose cv indicated he was still working at a different school in the city. When asked how he would rectify that with an almost immediate start with us, he responded “I’ll just quit. That’s what I normally do.”
  15. kemevez

    kemevez Occasional commenter

    Works both ways. At a job fair interview I quickly got wind of the fact that my interviewer was an A1. When he asked, "why are you leaving?" I said "probably the same reason you are recruiting". He was in the bar later on talking with the recruitment fair cronies. Even they didn't hide that they thought he was knobrot.
  16. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    I remember reading this advice about interviews: You may be tempted to have your fun but you will probably pay for it'. A fellow candidate was asked 'Have you any experience of handling young girls?' The reply 'No sir, but I'd certainly like to try,' didn't go down well with the panel.
  17. kemevez

    kemevez Occasional commenter

    Aye, 'cept as expected he misunderstood and took it as a compliment.
  18. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    Another factor is need. If a school needs a teacher they will accept a leprous escaped serial killer so long as they pass the reference check.

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