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Making myself stand out

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by olly2194, Sep 4, 2020.

  1. olly2194

    olly2194 New commenter

    I have recently moved over to the UAE with my partner. I am a PE teacher with 3 years teaching in primary and secondary in an English schools and have just spent the last academic year as HOD. I had secured 2 posts prior to coming out here but shortly before I moved they fell through due to a small pandemic doing the rounds around the globe. I have moved out regardless and at the moment out of any work (completed a 90 extension Visa etc so I am here until Christmas at least). I appreciate others have lost their jobs in the UAE and have more of a chance potentially securing any jobs that arise between now and Christmas along with the fact that over 100 people are applying for 1 post.

    What I am keen to know, is from any anyone currently in the UAE or having been here prior, is what I can do in the meantime to help boost my chances with any roles that may come up. I will be having to use my savings unfortunately whilst over here but such is the nature of the current global situation; and I am happy to take up any coaching work in the mean time and will be looking to complete a level 1 and 2 swimming qualification. I am open to teaching both primary and secondary and have GSCE, A level experience over the last 3 years.

    I'd be very grateful for any advice on what I could do to help boost my Cv and what I could to do to stand out to any potential employers? (Appreciate others in a similar position might also see this but hey ho).
  2. msmillreef

    msmillreef New commenter

    Hello there, I'm not sure how this works in the UAE but you may get a local contract rather than the more plush expat contract...not sure if this is worth considering?
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  3. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    If there are so many teachers applying for relatively few jobs in the UAE, olly2194, wouldn't it make sense to consider other places in the world? If I wanted to "boost my chances with any roles that may come up", then I would spread my net as widely as possible. Yes, we are indeed in a "global situation", so maybe the sensible thing would be to stop restricting yourself to just one country. How about Bulgaria, for example?
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  4. olly2194

    olly2194 New commenter

    Yes I absolutely agree, I am all for moving to other places including Bulgaria, only trouble is my partner is in a well established school with a very good package (considering they are not as good as people say they used to be). However, I decided to follow in her over here and we have very close friends and family living here too and whom we spend a lot of time with. But I must say, if nothing is sorted by Christmas time, I will most certainly be casting the net further afield. Thanks for the advice.
  5. olly2194

    olly2194 New commenter

    Yes, most certainly open to working for the MoE also, I understand the pros and cons of this also so wouldn't be going into it blind. Very little in the way of PE roles at the moment though with a lot of schools opting to reduce PE or have made PE redundant for the first term altogether.
  6. Ms_Love_

    Ms_Love_ Occasional commenter

    I know it isn't an ideal solution, but I would consider China if something doesn't turn up in the UAE.

    There are many schools here who are now paying some serious money to get teachers to come here, especially now the borders have opened and you can apply for a visa.

    Have you tried submitting your CV to schools independently (i.e. ones not advertising)? If you have another specialism under your belt (i.e. Biology), why not try some private tutoring or being a TA for a while?

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    Create a you tube PE channel targeted at UAE schools. It worked for Joe Wicks
  8. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Having taught in the Middle East and in the Middle Kingdom, I would say that the latter gets my vote, Ms_Love. A Chinese friend once said to me, "In China, there is no democracy, but there is quite a lot of freedom." In some ways, i think that he was right.

    Yes, of course it is a bit of a problem olly2194, when your wife has a really good job and yours is crummy. When we were in Jeddah in Saudi, Mrs Hippopotamus was much in demand and very happy at a continental school, whereas I was at the thinking school. Dreadful place. She really wanted to stay, but I could not wait to leave! When we were in Shenzhen, she was an international model and got some work in a few films as well. Very exciting, well paid and totally unpredictable. One week she would have too many offers of work and then there would be nothing at all for months.
  9. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    I agree with Ms Love. Do what you would do if you were trying to get work in the UK - get yourself known to as many schools as possible. Some will be looking right now even for just a warm body to babysit classes while teachers try to get there, others might look at coaching, etc. The big advantage you have is that you are already in the UAE - so they can get you in to the school as soon as the visa's sorted, literally the day after.
  10. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    Perhaps consider getting married? Then you could live their under her sponsorship.
    As others have said, perhaps do some cold calling, starting with the major players. If your partner works there already, she will know who they are.
    You have experience of both Primary and Secondary PE which will help your cause, particularly with through schools that have both. What are your main sports? Perhaps consider approaching one of the many sports companies who work out there. I’m not sure if I am allowed to name these, but the 2 main players have two words in their names, the second one being ‘Sports’. One has ‘Active’ as the first word and the other has the letter ‘E’
    Active in particular might welcome a trained teacher.
  11. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    Unless things have changed, you can only get local hire work if you already have a residents permit eg through marriage. The OP mentions a partner but doesn’t say if he is married.
  12. frodo_magic

    frodo_magic Occasional commenter

    Joking aside about PE teachers (see from the third minute onwards), but isn't it something that a local could be employed to do at far less cost?

  13. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

  14. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    An Emirati teach P.E.!!! On what planet!! :p

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