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when is it time to go????

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by coralsnake, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. i've been with my current international school now for 5 years and yes, like all international schools there has been some 'stress' and difficulties...
    i do love the kids and the work load is so little...
    but, when is it time to leave? have not found any significant other, no SMT possibilities... so clearly time to go...
    but why is it so difficult?????
     
  2. i've been with my current international school now for 5 years and yes, like all international schools there has been some 'stress' and difficulties...
    i do love the kids and the work load is so little...
    but, when is it time to leave? have not found any significant other, no SMT possibilities... so clearly time to go...
    but why is it so difficult?????
     
  3. cityfree

    cityfree New commenter

    Safety, security, knowledge of what you have, fear of the unknown. Think about what you want from your career, significant other and experience. Go with the gut feeling and good luck.
     
  4. David Getling

    David Getling Senior commenter

    Don't worry too much about the future. I've had a fairly good life so far, but I can't help thinking that I'd have had an even better one if I'd worried a lot less about the future.

    The time to go is when you are no longer enjoying things. If you do enjoy what you are doing there is no reason why you shouldn't stay on the international circuit until retirement. And why worry about getting into SMT. You might well be paid more on the international circuit as a humble teacher (or not so humble in my case), than as a HOD in some hell-hole UK school.
     
  5. spanboy

    spanboy Occasional commenter

    You could go and teach in several countries and still be in the same position as you are now. If you're generally happy, then stay put. Don't think returning to UK offers much at the moment!
     
  6. I say GO, but that's me. Live a little, next school could lead to better things. Think positive. If you never took any risks would you have moved abroad in the first place?
     
  7. Ummm, OP never said anything about returning to the UK (if that's where she? is from). I took it as thinking about moving on to a new school/country. She? could have been talking about going home, but that's not a given.
     
  8. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    If you're asking strangers what you should do you should take a long hard look at yourself.
    Sorry, but you give little worthwhile info for any serious help.
    As to not meeting significant others? Get out more. Moving to another country won't make the slightest difference.
     
  9. That's a bit harsh MM. Sometimes it's good to hear a view of opinions, options before making a decision.
    As for meeting significant others, come on! This is almost impossible if you are a single male in Kuwait, Qatar etc! Outside teachers & oil workers there really isn't much of a social scene, nor interesting people to meet. I for one like to avoid socialising with teachers as there is too much shop talk. Whereas there are other countries that are FAR more happening and where the locals are far friendlier.
    Moving country certainly helped me [​IMG]
     
  10. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    I think you'll find I am giving another point of view - just perhaps not one the OP may want to hear.
    As I said, not enough info. We don't know where the OP is. However, even in Kuwait there's plenty of bored housewives...[​IMG]
     
  11. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Ha ha, time to go when your contract doesn't get renewed (I have a recent personal experience of this one)!
    Seriously, if you feel your life needs changing or you aren't enjoying yourself. Changing environment, country or simply a school can have a huge positive impact. I guess the key is not to be looking back with regret, Both your working and personal situation - the same routines, friends or lack of them, limited opportunities - can benegfit hugely.
    If you are good at what you do, have a few people willing to back that up, then there are always opportunities around as in my experience - and I've been in about 12 schools - there are quite a few people who shouldn't be anywhere near a classroom and certainly don't offer the school much other than filling a classroom. Why not put some applications in, see what offers maybe out there and judge your desire to change scene, based on your own response i.e. I recently saw a lovely posting in a small school on a small island and straight away knew i'd be excited by that adventure. On the other hand, sleepless nights and worries would suggest you aren't yet reday to make that step.
    I've got the opposite problem in that I tend to bail schools out of messes - sacked, runaway, pregnant or sick staff - and on the one hand quite enjoy the change of scene, but on the other find it so frustrating that I'm constantly planning from scratch and not building on a previously taught year group in the same place. I'd actually like to stay somewhere nice - and I don't need a fat wage - and warm for a change; possibly somewhere I'd want to retire too.

    Good luck.
     
  12. If you are thinking that it may be time to leave, then it is probably time to leave. I feel it is best to leave whilst you are still positive. There again my cv is littered with 1 or 2 year stints.
     
  13. thank you so much, all of you!!!!!![*]
    you really helped and it made it easier, putting thoughts on paper and actually seeing that it is time to go!!!!
    think of me, end of June!
    may your future also be very bright!
     

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