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Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by erufiku, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. erufiku

    erufiku New commenter

    Hi everyone, first time poster here. I've been reading some of the recent threads -- thanks so much for the wealth of info to the regular posters. I am hoping you could answer a question to help me with strategising for the job search.

    After attending the TES fair last Saturday, I wanted to ask for your advice about the time line of the hiring season for international schools. I've had a few interviews and already got one offer, but since this is my first rodeo, I want to pace myself and see what's the best package I could get.

    I am assuming that the top schools have already had their pick of the litter, so essentially the question is - how much longer do I have to apply and interview for decent first-post schools? I've just sent off my application to S.A. and I've been trawling through the postings on TES as well. Planning to attend the hiring fairs in March... unless that's too late and I should lock something in earlier.

    For context: I'm Canadian, single, halfway through my NQT as a secondary English teacher. I've got about 4-5 years of full time experience teaching EAL in Asia, but all of that was pre-QTS. I wouldn't mind staying in the UK for my NQT+1 but the only reason I came here in the first place was to get certified and leave as quickly as possible. So unless there's am immense benefit to yet another year at a state school, I'd rather not have to spend another 195 days in the trenches.

    Also, as a side question, I've applied for the HK NET scheme. If I manage to get a post with them, would it count as solid teaching experience for international schools down the road?
  2. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    Recruitment season is coming to a close. Almost all top schools will have hired by now. That doesn't mean it ends, it means the main season closes and then schools with later resignation dates will begin posting, but those are definitely the minority.

    With only one year experience post-PGCE I wouldn't be looking any gift horses in the mouth. Get your foot on the ladder with a half decent school in a half decent place and go from there. I hope you don't regret turning down the offer.
  3. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    Tony's right. It's the big Search fair in London this weekend, and in Bangkok last weekend, but after that it does start to thin out a bit. Basically, barring any unexpected departures, the main schools outside Europe have posted all their vacancies now and are looking to fill these. TBH I think you're a bit late for Search now, but there will still be some come up.

    In your position, the next couple of years is all about gaining experience. The good thing is that the only reason why some insist on 2 years is immigration law restrictions - but that's not every country. Your EAL teaching probably shows that you can cope in a classroom but in terms of teaching (i.e. school) experience counts for very little - but sometimes with some countries schools can use this as 'experience' for visa purposes. If you have a definite offer, and you are comfortable with the school and the country - even allowing for the fact that things might not be exactly or even remotely the way you'd prefer them - then it's probably worth accepting that (a bird in the hand, etc.)
  4. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    Still 100s of jobs in Tier 1 schools advertised at the moment. Many schools have extended deadlines 3 or 4 times already.

    Your EAL experience will count a great deal, but do you wanted to regarded as a classroom teacher or an EAL specialist.

    The advantage of completing your Induction year is to gain experience and visa applications to countries such as Canada / New Zealand / Australia and other such countries. If you are qualified fully in the UK state system makes it easier to work in these countries full time.
  5. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Febbers makes some good points, as per usual.

    Occasionally what happens is that a few misguided people send a TES Conversation to a smelly old hippo.
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  6. adrixargentina

    adrixargentina Occasional commenter

    Why would Search be having a fair in March then if there'll be no more jobs left?
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  7. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    There will be jobs open through July even, as things happen. People quit, get sick, have to return to help aging parents, or even get fired. Enrollment expands.
    Even the best schools, so eager to finish recruiting, have openings left. But in early December they had 20 openings across all ages and subjects. Now they need one female early years specialist with autism experience, and a DP film teacher.
    So yes, the biggest surge of the year is ending while I type. Holding out for better offers may not be the wisest choice.
  8. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    I still see a great many schools extending deadlines for applicants. Looks like all of them are waiting for unicorn teachers with a 1st from Oxford and can teach 6 subjects before lunchtime. Unfortunately they only want to pay for a clapped out donkey with a thin whitewashed coating.

    If you read some of the 27 job specifications there is no one who can possibly fit them all.
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  9. erufiku

    erufiku New commenter

    Thanks for your replies, everyone. I missed the early train, that's for sure. At the same time, I keep seeing new positions for my subject popping up on a daily basis, so maybe there is still hope yet. Also, as adrixargentina pointed out, there's the SA fair in March (as well as the TES one). If nothing else, I'll attend these to gain some fair experience for 2021.

    I suppose at this point, the question is: jump at the first decent opportunity abroad, or stay on for another year and negotiate from the position of NQT+1 plus and master's degree, as that's something I am working on at the moment.
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