It’s always a nice feeling when you’re invited to an interview with a prospective employer. In most cases, it means they liked your cover letter and your CV, so if you can impress them in the interview, then the job could well be yours. To make sure you don’t fluff your lines, follow our advice below:
Listen Carefully to the Questions
No matter how nervous you are on the day, the most important thing is to remember to listen. Every time an interviewer asks a question you have the opportunity to impress them, so listen and think about your response first, rather than panicking and rushing in with an unimpressive answer.
You have to show you’re interested in their business and the role itself, and by asking questions and creating a more casual dialogue, you can make a positive impression on the interviewer.
Make Eye Contact
Eye contact can show you’re confident in your abilities, and answering a question correctly is one thing, but eye contact can show you truly believe in your skills, and it will give the interviewer more confidence in you.
Tell them your Experiences
An interview is the perfect opportunity to use real life experiences to make your case. Before an interview make notes on your experiences, such as when you solved a problem or achieved something noteworthy.
There are many teaching opportunities in the UK and overseas, but without experience and a busy CV, you may struggle to compete for entry-level teaching positions. If you’re a fresh graduate or you’re currently training to become a teacher, you may want to consider volunteer work, and we”ll explan why.
Volunteering shows you care, and whether you’re helping to teach students in Africa, volunteering for a wildlife charity or helping homeless people in the UK, you can add another dimension to your CV. Today it’s not just enough to complete your degree and jump straight into a job, you have to work hard, undertake work experience and prove you’re passionate about people and teaching.
Many teachers have undertaken volunteer work at some stage in their careers, and if you want to prove you’re determined to becoming a successful teacher, we recommend you consider some of the volunteering roles early on, and there are plenty of options throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and America.
Many people fancy the idea of working abroad, due to the exotic stories they get from people who have gotten the opportunity to work in other countries. Teaching jobs abroad are extensive, you can rarely exhaust them. They come in all categories, making it easy for you to choose one that best suits you. The teaching jobs abroad are in a wide range of countries, and you can always have a chance to choose one from your dream country.
Among the many opportunities of teaching careers from various countries are opportunities in the United Kingdom. The country is appealing to work in, due to its straight forward curriculum. In addition, there are extensive holidays for the teachers and other than gaining an expansive teaching experience, one has time to explore and enjoy the different parts of the country.
It’s always nice to have some form of money coming in when you’re travelling, and if you don’t manage to find any form of work, you may have to cut your long vacation short. Most people who are going on a gap year will save a significant amount of money beforehand, but some find that this money soon runs out.
If you’re fortunate enough to be travelling in an English speaking country like USA or America, you may be able to pick up agriculture work like farming or fruit picking. This is something many travellers do when spending time in Australia, and there are plenty of opportunities out there.
Retail jobs can also be a good option, but again you may need to be able to speak the language to land a job. There is sometimes paid aid work in various countries throughout Africa and Asia, and this is another way of earning money but you’ll also be doing something you can be proud of. Many British people spend time as English teachers in Asian countries, and this is another option, and the good news is you rarely need a degree to be able to teach English abroad.
A career back can be perfect if you want to try out a new career, or if you’re looking to volunteer and give back to a community. You may also want to study a subject that you’re passionate about or simply take a gap year to explore the world.
There are so many reasons why people take career breaks, but sometimes circumstances prevent people from taking some time out. If you ‘can’t afford’ to give up your job or are worried about the impact on your career prospects, then you may want to think about the advantages. Some employees like seasoned travellers, or people who have dedicated their time to an area that they’re passionate about, and it could boost your career if you decide to return to the same type of role that you held previously.
It takes character, bravery and initiative to take a career break, but you should always leave your current employer on good terms, because you never know when you’ll need them again.
Education is one of our most prised experiences. From a young age we begin to learn, gathering information from the world around us. We are taught by our parents, by our life, and by our peers. Most importantly, we are taught by teachers. We often forget (especially as children) that our teachers are humans, still growing and learning themselves. Occasionally, our teachers are taken away from their work for unavoidable circumstance. For those who have experienced substitute teaching, it is common knowledge that the quality of the fill-in teacher can be varied depending on the availability of skilled educators in the area. This is especially a challenge for international schools, whose focus is the education of children from expatriate families and those wanting to gain broader, more widely accepted qualifications.
The weight of this challenge is what inspired qualified educators to institutions all over the world. Because of the unique challenges facing international schools, many recruitment agencies individually screen each application, selecting candidates with at least two years of classroom experience who are flexible, adaptable, and ready to travel immediately. The staff has worked in over fifteen countries, responding to emergency requests since 1999. Teachers through the agency are typically available for periods of six weeks to twelve months, are able to teach kindergarten through twelfth year, and have experience in British, American, and International curricula. Continue reading