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Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by kemevez, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. kemevez

    kemevez Occasional commenter

    Some years you apply for 6 jobs, get an interview and offer for all of them and also get offered a job because an ex colleague recommends you to his or her school, and you get offered a job at a reputable school by some bloke you got talking to in a bar (i'm not joking) plus a school you turned down a few years back emails you and says we have a vacancy how about it? Other years you apply for 10 jobs and hear nothing. And sometmes you apply for a school and hear nothing and then a apply a few years later with a similar CV and no real difference in experience and the same head or principal reads it and this time decides that you are his dream candidate. There is no logic, just keep applying for schools you like the look of and it will work out in the end.
  2. jereni

    jereni New commenter

    Many thanks for your support. I guess 6 applications isn't a lot, but I had hoped that as a chemistry specialist I would get more of a positive response, and I've not had any problem finding teaching jobs here in the UK. The lack of any replies - even an acknowledgement of my application - has been disconcerting and I had wondered if I had pressed the "send" button. I've been quite selective about my applications, though, so I obviously need to broaden my search.
  3. Hi I am 51, 52 in the summer. I have been working overseas since 1993. Some countries like to Like to take older teachers. I am currently in my second stint in South Korea. Schools will not hold children Against you. I took my son with me on two international school posts.
    All the best
  4. funnybunny1000

    funnybunny1000 New commenter

    It depends on the region. If you are limited to Europe, you will be
    competing with hundreds of applicants for each post. Employers don't have the
    time to read or acknowledge most of the applications.

    In North Africa and Middle East, where security and stability is an issue,
    you won't have such a battle. Densely populated Asian countries are also
    easier to find work in.

    It depends on whether you want a soft or a hard tour of duty!

    Good luck!
  5. jereni

    jereni New commenter

    Many thanks everybody - the good news is that I'm heading off to sunny Qatar in August with my son. We're both very excited and looking forward to the adventure!
  6. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Good luck with that one. Nice to have a fresh start and a new environment can give you a boost. Hoping Qatar turns out to be just that for you. Salaam Alaykoum!

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