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Would 39 be too old to teach on the continent?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by andrew07, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. andrew07

    andrew07 Occasional commenter

    Good evening

    I am moving abroad and would like to ask whether countries on the continent would consider 39 too old. I was told that in one particular country that there are many young people and that due to my age, I would be at a disadvantage. Is it this way in all European countries?
  2. Jeremyinspain

    Jeremyinspain Occasional commenter

    Not in Spain, I arrived here at the age of 47. (But got no extra money for my 'experience'.) In fact some other, younger, less experienced teachers (who arrived after me) were paid more.
  3. andrew07

    andrew07 Occasional commenter

    Wow, not good. I've just finished my MA and have British citizenship (American). I guess if I really want to teach until I start my doctoral, I would have it better in the states. I certainly don't want to teach here anymore.
  4. mikemcdonald25

    mikemcdonald25 Occasional commenter

    If you are a UK citizen (I don't think there is any such thing as a British citizen or an American citizen, you would be a US citizen - this may seem pedantic but these things can make a difference when applying for jobs or doing international paperwork) and carry a UK passport then the EU rules on freedom of movement for labour apply to you; as long as the country you are applying to is a member.
  5. mikemcdonald25

    mikemcdonald25 Occasional commenter

    Now to be pedantic! I hope your 'doctoral' is not in English, as that may go against you when applying for jobs!
  6. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    some teachers gain certificates for personal growth, some wrongly think it will help them get jobs. I've come across MA/MEds with little understanding of classroom management.
    39 is not too old, by a long stretch, but the issues will be if the cheaper schools are only looking for cheaper teachers.
    Go find yourself by taking a low paid job in Asia. It will do wonders for your personal growth and understanding on education.
  7. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Can someone please confirm that this is actually not a WUM post.

    In other news, could someone confirm that if I secured a position in a SE Asian International school I wouldn't have to use a squatting toilet. Just don't think I could lower myself to that level.
  8. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    Such toilets are better for your digestive system than the western style.
  9. lunarita

    lunarita Lead commenter

    I really don't think age is an issue here, but attitudes and intentions can be. I'd advise that if you're looking seriously for work then you don't let on that you're just seeing it as a stop-gap until you start a doctorate.

  10. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Agreed. The OP's recent posts do create an image of a dilettante with an inclination to blame others for whatever is not right in her life.
  11. mikemcdonald25

    mikemcdonald25 Occasional commenter

    "Such toilets are better for your digestive system than the western style."

    But b****y hard work on the knees MM!
  12. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

  13. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    Then you need one of these :D

  14. SPC2

    SPC2 Occasional commenter

  15. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Flushed with success, SPC2? Or is this thread going down the pan?
    SPC2 likes this.
  16. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    Where can I buy one?

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