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Teaching Couple- but only one job.

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by missella, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. missella

    missella New commenter

    Hello,

    First time poster here looking for some advice. My husband I are experienced (me 9 years, him 5) secondary school teachers hoping to teach somewhere in South East Asia, with our 1 year old daughter. I'm an English teacher and there are plenty of jobs advertised, but very few P.E jobs for my husband.

    If I apply to a school, would they consider creating a role for him? Or is this very unlikely? It seems very difficult to find a job in the same school otherwise.

    Thanks for any advice/tips!
     
  2. missella

    missella New commenter

    Also, the countries that interest us are:
    Malaysia
    Thailand
    Vietnam
    Myanmar
    Bali (Indonesia)

    Any thoughts on best one for quality of life (with a toddler) plus ability to save are also very gratefully received
     
  3. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Established commenter

    if you are only looking at British schools then you are massively restricting your chances, particularly in that part of the world. look at other curriculums, and recruitment for next year is coming to a close, or at least the main part is. jobs will be few are far between from now on. the main recruitment season runs from around September to February, to start in August of that year.

    best of luck
     
  4. missella

    missella New commenter

    Thank you for the advice. You're right- there's not an awful lot out there.
     
  5. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Established commenter

    the IB is significantly larger than the British curriculum on the international circuit. start looking there.
     
  6. missella

    missella New commenter

    Thank you, I will. I've found two schools in KL, and another two in Bangkok who are seeking English and P.E teachers.
    But I have no idea if they are 'decent' schools. If anyone reading this has any knowledge of schools in these cities please let me know.
    Thank you!
     
  7. rosiecg

    rosiecg Occasional commenter

    Hi, can give advice about KL schools if you want to pm?
     
  8. amariB

    amariB New commenter

    I know of a school near KL looking for an English and PE teacher- I think it is advertised on TES. Send me a conversation if you want to know anything about that school or other KL schools!
     
  9. missella

    missella New commenter

    Thank you both. And yes I'd love to chat you both about schools in the area. I have no idea how to pm though- first timer!
     
  10. missella

    missella New commenter

    Figured it out and have messaged you both. Thanks!
     
  11. Xtinelove

    Xtinelove New commenter

    My partner and I were both applying this season and he was the first one to get something (he has 10yrs experience and I have 6). The school luckily found a full time teaching position for me outside of my specialism so I accepted and I'm quite glad I did!

    I suppose it depends on how much you can offer them. Being a PE teacher I assume he could do loads of extra curricular stuff as well though... if you got a position and he didn't...
     
  12. willow78

    willow78 Occasional commenter

    I can give you advice on Bangkok if you want, send me a message.
     
  13. missella

    missella New commenter

    Thank you- I've messaged you
     
  14. missella

    missella New commenter

    this sounds promising! Glad it worked out for you, hope it does for us too
     
  15. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Unlikely they would create a post, but very likely they would offer regular cover work and he’d be first in line for any relevant open position. As mentioned above, they might also offer something other than PE if he’s comfortable with it.
    In large cities with multiple schools, he might also find work at a different school.
    I’ve seen a good handful of couples accept a single position hoping it would work out, and in those cases it always did.
     
  16. amysdad

    amysdad Occasional commenter

    My wife got her job first - a few months later, I got one at a different school in the same city (not too far apart, and both very good schools.) It will usually work out - otherwise he might enjoy being a house husband for a while!
     
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  17. sah79

    sah79 Occasional commenter

    On Search Associates it gives you the opportunity to link yours and your husbands accounts so schools can see you are a couple, also you can put on your CV that your partner is a PE teacher. Schools might not create a position as a PE teacher but they may offer him something and then as soon as a PE vacancy appears he would be able to take it. The other option is to move with your job sorted and for him to look once you arrive, a colleague of mine did this, she got a job as an EAL specialist and after 2 months he found a job as a History teacher in another school nearby.
    In Bangkok there are SO many schools, and a lot of the mid-tier ones are really lovely to work for, you don't necessarily need to restrict your search to the top ones!
     
  18. schmedz

    schmedz Occasional commenter

    missela, I can assure at least one of the Bangkok schools is 'decent' (actually, rather above average would be more accurate). Feel free to PM me as I work there!
     

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