Thursday, January 12, 2012

Just Read Back

through several old posts and wow, do I say a lot of stupid things and ramble. If I get back into blogging regularly by finding a new position, I am going to have to work on my skills.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Applications, Applications

Some cover letters and CV's were sent in the way of Europe via e-mail this week. A lovely form reply received from one, nothing from an earlier application for a winter vacancy in the Netherlands.

I really can't seem to force myself to consider Asia or tough it out a crappy school to get the international experience. My job isn't awful, just boring, so I don't want to move to go to totally horrific for some resume padding.

I know teaching is a bit of crapshoot right now with so many cuts, so I should be grateful to be working, but that point of view only perks me up for a bit.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Had a bit of excitement

I thought I was going to finally have an interview with a school in England. I had the call from the agency, a school lots of their teachers have enjoyed. Turns out the school didn't have any sponsorships avaliable (they had already used theirs up!)

It was for the best I think, I wasn't feeling too keen (location was a big factor) and I felt like I didn't want to rush to move (like last time!) It was for a January start and I realize it would be a month and a half, but still, more time is better for me to wrap my head around stuff.

I am much better financially than when I moved before, savings is built up, but I'd like to keep money there instead of having to spend it all on a move (which it would about add up to after flights and desposits on flats).

There was some fun for an hour or so in searching for flats in the area!

So fingers crossed that the "market" is opening up again. I knew it gotten quite serious when one agency had closed (Bluewave). I know the recession is still quite bad in England, austerity measures haven't been helping and all.

I'm also still looking into International Schools, trying to revise my cover letter, but to be honest, I hate writing it, and I don't know how to change it to make it more unique without coming off a bit weird. Suggestions?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Recorded Interview

Some new progress to report on! I did a recording with a new agency last night using ooVoo, it is like Skype, but allows you to record the person speaking on the screen. It is free to do video chats with up to 3 users so if you are looking for another platform there is one available. The interview went well I think, I felt a bit silly as I had to wear my headset because my laptop mic wasn't picking up my voice very well. Funny thing happened the night BEFORE the interview though. I had one of those teacher favourites, a back to school nightmare. I dreamt that I was on my first day at a new school and I was using all the right strategies, speaking firmly, being consistent, and yet everyone still refused to listen to me. Then I started screaming shrilly, students stole all of my stuff and then just walked out of the lesson. It was absolutely terrifying, and it was only a dream! lol With all the new immigration policy changes it is hard to know whether a sponsorship will happen, or if the school that would offer would be want I would want to teach at. Fingers crossed as always!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Still nothing . . .

I think the international school front may now me closed for me - fewer and fewer positions are being posted and even less are in areas I am interested in moving to at this time.

I do have all my information in to Bluewave, but with all the changes to visa's in the UK that are happening I'm not sure how much luck I'll have. I am thankful to still have a job where I am, which is something not everyone can say.

I've added a few more new links from other teacher blogs that may be of interest to readers.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Still Searching . . .

The hunt for an international position is still on, sent about 30 CVs/resumes, cover letter or applications off to sites around Europe and some of the Middle East. Haven't heard much positive just yet, so I feel as if I may not be doing something properly, or maybe I'm just not very marketable! I guess time shall tell.

I have resigned with an agency to try a return to England too - I do enjoy it and hope if something is offered it isn't too far from friends I already have. I've applied to an International School there which would mix the best of what experiences I would like to have.

Also on a different note I have updated the blog links, many people have deleted their blogs or stopped posting, added a few new ones.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

First Agency Registration

Looking into agencies that help place teachers in international schools has been a longish process. Some require some steep fees like ISS (200), while others are around 60. I found one that was free though they say it is very difficult to be placed in an International School in Europe. I know finding places in Europe is more difficult because it is more desirable and because of visa's, but I had been under the impression that visa's could work out fairly easily because of the factor of the international part, needing foreign nationals to teach curriculum they know more about with a strong command of English.

Another agency I was going to apply to (forget the name just now) I have to put a hold on because they require the name and contact info for your current head teacher (principal) and I really don't want the info out there currently that I am looking to move from my school. Since we do not have a union and instead have an "employment at will" policy it makes me nervous about losing a position before I have a new one, especially in the current economy.

So I am still working towards the goal, and a little early which is making it awkwardish because I don't want a job for this school year but next. But I like to be ahead of the game whenever possible and be prepared for a range of possibilities.