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BeMeri247 · 28/12/2021 20:56
I separated earlier this year, and while it was the best thing to happen for me and my three grown up children, it has savaged me financially hence I am seriously debating (at the young at heart age of 47) to do what I always wanted to do ( but ex was having non of it) and teach abroad. Here are my pro: I am fully qualified with a PGDE in Geography with QTS, I even have a TEFL somewhere. The cons is that I have only one year full time experience in a UK 11 to 16 academy. Since then I have worked part time, as supply staff and most recently as a Cover Supervisor. Does anyone have any tips on what I should be doing the next few months so I can be ready to start a dream job abroad August 2022?
Ulelia · 28/12/2021 21:29
A lot of jobs are already advertised or filled for August 2022, so you need to get your skates on! Depending on how serious you are, get applying to jobs on the TES or make a profile on Search Associates (warning- takes ages) or talk to someone like Teacher Horizons, both decent agencies. You're right that you won't be top choice for some schools as there a lot of geography teachers around and schools often like A Level/IB experience, but there are certainly schools who will consider you.
Also think about your criteria. Where in the world? Would you like a boarding school? How important is the money vs lifestyle, etc? British School or more international or more local? Etc etc.
Good sources of info are the ISR (international schools review -take yhe reviews with a bucket of salt but the forum is useful), the staffboards forum which partially replaced the TES forums and international teacher Facebook groups.
I've been teaching internationally for 15 years and love it, a really close friend was in a very similar position to you a year ago, moved to Spain to teach and is now in a great school in Milan, so it can be done! Happy to answers questions via pm or on here.
BeMeri247 · 28/12/2021 23:48
Thanks so much Ulelia! I was'nt sure anyone would pick up on this post. I will definitely be back to pick your brains a bit more😊
LaChanticleer · 31/12/2021 10:31
This is a section for academics, not school teachers, so you might find more useful advice and information from 1st hand experience in the teachers' fora - Secondary Education and Further Education fora in the Education section on MN.
Good luck on your adventure!
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