Hey guys it's been a while. I feel like January went on for way too long...and February? Well I can barely keep up with how quickly it's going.
Besides being a wanderlust and blogging useful tips that I've learned from my travels, my day job is actually teaching. If you've read my previous post on 8 jobs that allow you to travel ft. pros and cons, then you would probably remember that one of the jobs that I recommended was teaching.
While there are many other benefits to teaching; like the amazing bonds that you create with your students, one of the best things about teaching is the fact that you get around 76 paid holiday days off per year.
I know this sounds like a dream, but trust me... with the amount of work teachers have, It's really starting to make sense why these breaks are so crucial.
Anyway, this isn't a post to get into the nitty gritty about all the pros and cons of teaching, but something that I would hope you find very inspiring and useful - Top 9 tips on how to land your dream teaching role abroad (before qualifying).
Before we get started, I just want to start by saying - absolutely anything you want is attainable if you put your mind to it. I believe that once you decide that you want something just as bad as you want to breathe (i.e. you have no other choice), only then will the universe start to shift in your favour. In my case, the universe is God. But to others, this higher power that shifts things to work in your favour may just be the universe. Exhaust every single avenue and don't take no for an answer if it has anything to do with your future!
You're probably reading this and thinking... so what's the big testimony? and how can I trust this advice?
Well let's just say that I successfully manifested the exact job of my dreams in the exact location of my dreams too. This didn't come easily, but I would like to share some tips so that hopefully it can be easier for you.
Of course, this particular post is about the career of teaching, however I believe that these tips could be useful when applied to securing a job in any industry...so keep reading!
1. Get into teaching
First things first, if you want to land a good teaching job abroad and earn a respectable living, the first thing you will need to do is get some experience...and FAST!
The good teaching jobs abroad that are in places like Japan, UAE, Canada etc. don't usually even look twice at applicants that have no experience in the teaching field.
For example, when I finished University last year I became a Math teaching assistant before becoming a teacher. I did this just to gain some insight into the industry and just get my foot in the door. The only thing you need to become a teaching assistant in a school is a degree in a relevant subject and clean DBS. This is a great way to connect with a school and find out which school you could see yourself at the most.
2. Get your qualification(s) hunny! No shortcuts
When I finished University, or should I say when University finished me... I was nearly 100% certain that I would never go and study again. However, when I started to set goals for myself after graduating, it became apparent that there was no escaping this.
The bottom line is that when it comes to teaching, if you want to land a really good teaching role abroad (money and package wise) , it won't just be handed to you. These opportunities abroad are only given to teachers that have invested in their professional development as a teacher and have credentials to back it up.
To land this role, not only will you need to have a degree in a subject-related field (minimum 2:2), you will also need to have obtained some postgraduate certification to confirm your abilities i.e. PGCE, PGCert, or some form of teaching diploma.
Extra tip: The best thing to do is to start looking at potential teaching opportunities abroad that tickle-your-fancy. By doing this, you will be able to see all of the requirements of the desired candidate and then you can choose the best course for you, to get your CV pushed to the top of the pile once it comes time to apply for your dream role.
3. Get to know other teachers in your industry
Once you've decided which course you will be taking to bag your qualification and get some experience as a teacher, your next task will be getting to know people in your industry.
To be honest, this is probably one of the easiest things to do once you're a teacher becasue you're constantly working alongside other teachers and you are more likely to meet people just like you that are on your course, since one of the requirements of the course involves going to University part time for at least one day per week.
By getting to know new people in your industry, you increase your chances of coming across people that are on the same journey as you and are hoping to land a teaching job abroad.... or, people that have already taught abroad and can give you some valuable tips.
This is a really good way to build connections, stay in the loop and share information on international job fairs and opportunities with your coworkers.
Note: Building good relationships with colleagues is key. Nobody is going to want to help an unfriendly and antisocial grouch!
4. Stay patient, positive and expectant
I think that this tip speaks for itself. Staying patient, positive and expectant of a great opportunity will surely attract more than one and keep that fire in your belly on your job hunt.
Persistence is key when seeking out the right opportunities. No point going into it with a negative mindset and giving up at the first hurdle.
5. Do your own independent research
While who you know is important, what you know is also very important. Take time out of your days to seek out new opportunities and new resources which can tell you more about how to bag your dream teaching role abroad.
It's important to remember that this is your future and not anybody else's. So no matter how much you rely on anyone else to create an opportunity for you, they will never be as hungry for it as you. So go out there and create your own connections in person and online. You're bound to land yourself a job faster than anyone will land one for you! People have their own lives to live. Take control of your life and destiny.
6. Sign up to TES
TES is a well known website that teachers use to find opportunities. This website allows you to keep up with the latest job offers and opportunities for teachers around the world. Luckily for teachers, there is a huge demand around the world for their services. Especially teachers of core subjects (i.e. English, Mathematics and Science).
By registering a profile with TES, you are putting yourself out there for potential employers to see. You also get the opportunity to be one of the first candidates to apply for upcoming job roles.
In December 2019 alone, I applied to nearly 20 jobs on TES for the next academic year (August/September 2020).
7. Understand the job market for your desired region
"The early bird catches the worm"
Knowing your stuff can definitely give you an advantage over other applicants. Try and rub shoulders with people who have walked the road that you are trying to walk. They will be able to give you some valuable insight into the job market of your desired destination and how to land a job in that region.
For example when I was job-hunting, I made it my priority to do some digging about the job market from teachers who have already experienced working in my desired region. I wanted to know everything, from the desired characteristics that schools were looking for in teachers, to best time to apply for jobs.
This gave me an advantage over competitiors for the job role since I was getting in there first to apply for jobs and I had knowledge on what employers were looking for so I knew how to pitch myself in the interviews.
8. Plan & prepare!
"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail"
Now that you have all your ducks in a row (tips 1-7), you now have to start preparing yourself. You could be invited for an interview at ANY time and you need to stay ready so that you don't have to get ready.
Extra tip: I prepared by studying the schools that I applied for and preparing for potential interview questions for when I got that invitation. Remember tip number 4.
9. Go to international job fairs
Once you have successfully completed steps 1-8, then you are now ready to attend an international job fair which is the final step to securing the bag.
Whether you have already been invited for an interview or not, I would recommend that everyone goes to an international job fair to scope out opportunities and make some valuable first hand connections of your own.
This is the perfect way to gain valuable contacts for your industry and build a rapport with potential employers. If you're lucky, you could leave the fair with multiple interviews scheduled or evemn a job offer if they are interviewing on the spot.
These job fairs are a hotspot for employers to find credible candidates with experience to join their school.
Extra tip: Not sure where to find these international job fairs? Here is one that you definitely should be attending if you're in the UK. Hurry! You have until the 28th February 2020 to register.
I hope that this helps you to land your dream role as a teacher in destination that makes you happy every single day!
Best of Luck,