Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Can you make money teaching abroad???

I've been teaching abroad for 11 years, and one of the questions other teachers are always asking me is... are you making any money??

My answer is always that it depends on where in the world I choose to go and teach.

For the last 3 years I've been in Asia, one of the best paying regions worldwide. And today I realised that since the summer I'd let my pay build up in my bank account a wee bit.

When I checked the exchange rate online I realised I had over $15 000 sitting in my account... much more than I had thought, so I'm wiring a lump sum home tonight.

So, can you make money teaching abroad?? Yeah, and if saving money is a priority for you, Asia is where you want to be!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Have you found your teaching job abroad yet?

The recruiting season for international schools has started and is heating up as I write this.

I've just checked the TES website and there are 315 job ads in the teaching abroad section. Last week there were under 300, so you need to be checking the site once a week.

Usually the new jobs are listed first so you won't need to look through the whole 315 ads each week!!!

Check it out now and secure your teaching job abroad next year!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

International School Job Fair Survival Secrets

Check the international teaching job fair organiser’s website the evening before the sign up session for changes in vacancies.
International school vacancies are fluid and can change from day to day, especially once the job fairs start. When you go into the sign up session take with you an up-to-date list of schools with suitable vacancies. This will enable you to line up in the lines that are going to get you the best result.

Look at the international schools’ websites prior to attending the sign up session.
If possible look at the school’s websites to find out what programs they offer, whether they are in the center of the city or in the suburbs, what extra curricular activities they offer, what accreditations they have. This can assist you in deciding whether they are going to be a suitable employer for you.

Take extra copies of your application pack to give to school recruiters.
Your application pack is your ticket to getting interviews. If you’re following the strategies I give you in The Complete Guide to Securing a Job at an International School, you should have emailed your application pack to the attending schools that have relevant vacancies prior to the commencement of the job fair. In addition to this, take extra copies with you to the job fair, and especially the sign up session, to give to schools that suddenly put up vacancies that interest you.

Be prepared to wait in line to talk to the international school recruiters.
When you attend a job fair, remember that a long line could indicate a school where teachers want to work, and vice versa. To help you make the decision about whether you stand in line and wait, go to the front of the line and see if there’s any literature on the table that you can take away and read.

Use the time you stand in line to gather information.
International school teachers attend these teaching job fairs and they are a vital source of information. Use the time you are standing in line waiting to talk to recruiters to elicit information about different schools, programs and conditions. Ask them all the questions you have because they’re the best source of information you’ll find and while you’re all standing in line, what else can you do?

These are just 5 tips for surviving international teaching job fairs… You can find 12 more secrets to surviving job fairs on page 27 of The Complete Guide to Securing a Job at an International School.