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What to do with my sabbatical year!

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by beth18taylor, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. beth18taylor

    beth18taylor New commenter

    Hi all,

    I'm after some tips and advice please!

    I currently work at a school I love and do not want to leave! However, my boyfriend is a doctor (GP) and has wanted to have a year off work for some time to either work abroad or do some travelling!

    I've spoken to my school about this and I'm really lucky as they have offered me a sabbatical, starting sept 2017 should I want it!

    I've been looking at jobs abroad. However, my partner can only really work as a GP easily at places such as NZ or Australia due to the language/no need for exams etc. The terms there are January-January so it also causes problems for me and I appreciate most places offer at least a two year contract. Some schools do seem to offer sept starts though so I'm looking at those!

    Mike is keen to locum for a bit, then go travelling and then come back work, travel etc, which is really appealing to us both. However, I worry that I don't have the same earning power as he does to be able to afford this. I was thinking of doing supply work but I've been reading threads and it seems complicated/not a lot of work these days since the introduction of cover supervisors etc within schools.

    So basically...
    1. Has anyone worked in Auz/NZ and could offer me advice/tips/their experiences of getting work there and how it was?

    2. Would supply keep me busy enough? Or should I look to do something different e.g simple temp work etc? How do I even go about becoming a supply teacher! All the recruitment ages seem scary!
    Can anyone think of an alternative but linked to teaching?

    3. Does anyone know of any other ideas for a doctor and teacher to do for a year?! Someone has mentioned operation Wallacea which seems exciting but it's only from June-august and it's too late for this year.

    Any help and advice would be really appreciated!

    Thank you!
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Do you need to earn?
    If not then VSO could be a good place to start.
    drvs and beth18taylor like this.
  3. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    My OH did some supply in Aus a decade or so ago, some tough kids but it was OK. She signed up to agencies and had a regular supply of work, but visit visa regs at the time meant only being able to work for one employer (agency) for a maximum of 3 months - suggest checking if this is still the case / doable / changed. She also temped in a department store :)

    Personally I'd suggest taking the opportunity to broaden your horizon and do something completely different!
  4. miss_saigon

    miss_saigon New commenter

    Can you boyfriend do locums in NZ/Aus? Ochre recruitment.

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