Having worked in the field for over 12 years, Edvectus Managing Director Diane Jacoutot has seen ample teachers succeed and also fail at getting the job of their dreams teaching abroad.
1. Age and experience aren’t a match
Many teachers aren’t aware that countries such as Egypt, Indonesia, Oman, Abu Dhabi and China require 2-5 years teaching experience. When teachers don’t have the years of experience under their belt, their resumes often won’t even get a look. On the other hand, many countries in the Middle East and Asia have set a maximum age, usually 60, after which it is practically impossible to get a standard work visa.
Diane points out, “Teachers are currently in high demand in many countries. For example, international schools in the UAE have grown by 60% between 2010 and 2014 with no signs of slowing down. As a result, many teachers believe that getting the job they are seeking will be a piece of cake. However, the issue is that most international schools require western trained teachers with very specific requirements.”
2. Inconsistent Experience
Increasingly, international schools are seeking teachers who have not only a good track record, but also good references. That means that teachers who ended previous contracts under negative circumstances may find new schools are uninterested in hiring them.
3. Lack of experience with International Curricula
40% all international schools use a variant of the UK curriculum. 25% use the US curriculum and about 20% use the International Baccalaureate curricula. That means that when teachers don’t have experience with a given curriculum, they can quickly get locked out of jobs.
4. Strong Accents
80% of all international schools serve mainly host nationals and children for whom English is not the first language. These schools want their expatriate teachers, which cost them much time and money to select, hire and sponsor, to be able to model the English language appropriately and be clearly understood by their children who are still learning. Strong accents can interfere with good applicants getting teaching positions.
5. Lack of Focus
Some teachers fail to win international teaching jobs because they appear to be flitting between different subjects and levels or that they simply don’t know much about the country or culture where they are seeking to teach.
Diane explains, “International schools take a big risk when they hire you. It costs them money to sponsor your visa, fly you out, train you and support you. So it should come as no surprise that they want to minimize their risk, and will want to know that you have thought long and hard about your decision to become a teacher, that you love your teaching subject, and that you have really researched teaching abroad.”While there are clearly ample obstacles that can face teachers looking for jobs, there are strategies and techniques that can enable most qualified teachers to get the jobs they are seeking.
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