Want to Find your Dream Job Teaching Abroad? Do this!
As a recruiter, my first question for anyone thinking about teaching abroad is always: Why do you want to teach abroad? And after that it’s: What do you want to get out of this experience?
Why do I ask these questions? Because as a recruiter I need this information to know what job will be the best for each teacher. Each new teacher has different expectations and reasons for teaching abroad in the first place. Knowing this information allows me to offer them the right position.
Three main questions to help get you started:
- Why do I want to teach abroad in the first place?
- What do I want to get out of my experience there?
- What is my end goal from my teaching abroad experience?
Once you have answered these three questions you will be able to make a better decision about where you want to go and what kind of job you want. For more information about setting your goals, go to my post: Finding your Why.
Answering these questions also allows you to ask the right questions during the interview process. If you know what you want, you can ask questions that help you get the job that best suits you! The more information you have about the school, the easier it will be to see if it aligns with your goals. I always help my teachers prepare questions to ask the school they are interviewing for.
Need an example?
I recently met with a teacher that has had a very bad experience in her last teaching job. She felt unsupported by her school and like she was unprepared. She was left floundering through the year feeling overwhelmed with no guidance or assistance from management or fellow teachers. Not Good!
The good thing? She has set very specific goals around what she wants from her next teaching position. A large expat community, strong curricukum and a supportive work environment with a team that works together. Here is an example of some of the questions she will ask during her interview with the school:
- How many expat teachers are placed in your school?
- What books and support do you provide to teachers for lesson planning?
- Is there a teacher room where teachers can work to prepare for classes together?
Your questions will obviously be based on your own specific goals and needs. However, if you want more information about questions to ask go to my blog post: 10 Important Questions to Ask When Interviewing for a TEFL Job
There are a lot of schools and a lot of recruiters who will push you into jobs and schools because they want to place you in a job. But none of that matters. You have the power to choose the job you want.
In a saturated teaching market and with the right credentials and experience to work as a TEFL teacher you can take your time, ask the right questions, and get the job that fits your ultimate goals.
Finding the right job will be the most important decision for you to have the best experience teaching abroad!
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