Saturday, September 23, 2017

5 Tips to landing a teaching job in the United Kingdom

Studying abroad at the University or Reading is one of the best things that I have done in my lifetime thus far. If I could do it over again, I likely would not have left the UK. As a lover of history, afternoon high tea, and shopping at Harrod’s, England was a great place for me. Not to mention how convenient and inexpensive it was to travel to other areas of the world. If you are fresh out of college and are looking for a wonderful experience, why not give teaching in the UK a try? If I could go back, I would have searched for a job teaching overseas before settling down to have a family. Did you know that there are plenty of teaching jobs all over the UK available to college graduates and experienced teachers? This article will provide some tips to getting a teaching job in the UK.
  1. Search for jobs. If you are fresh out of college, contact your university career services office as they will be able to direct you to networks they already have in place. This could make finding a job very easy. However, if you are not a recent graduate or your college does not have any networks within the teaching system in the UK, there are many places that you can look online for job openings. Start with a simple Google search or look up teacher placement agencies. You will be able to find job openings and can then make a list of the places that seem interesting to you.
  2. Do research on the schools in which you want to apply. After you have made a list of places to apply, do your research on tehs schools, the district, and their curriculum. Make notes that appeal to you or things that you may have questions about so that you can ask the recruiter if you get called for an interview. When applying for the job, it is a good idea to already have some knowledge of the school or area in which you are applying so that you can demonstrate this in your application.
  3. Prepare your resume and cover letter. In the UK, they will want to see your teaching CV which is a bit more involved than a typical resume that is often used in the United States to apply for jobs. Be sure to read over the application requirements so that you can ensure that you provide the exact information that is needed for the school to process your application and consider you for an interview.
  4. Submit your application. Proofread your application and read over the application requirements before you submit your materials for consideration. A quick way to get tossed out of the applicant pool is to not follow directions or provide everything that was requested of you as a potential candidate. Once you have double or triple checked your materials, you can then submit them with confidence.
Prepare for your interview. While you wait to hear from the school recruiter, continue to brush up your teaching skills as this will help you prepare for your interview.

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