Teaching around the world offers many gifts both in friendships and memories. The experiences are personal for each of us. We can grow, learn, and laugh about it. Above all, it makes us a better teacher, parent, partner, friend and even global citizen.
If you are new in your career, looking to expand your horizons, or you want to work and travel, here’s some tips to help you teach around the world.
There are always better options and pay for teachers who are qualified or have their teaching certification. International schools look for these accreditations. This is not always the case. There are opportunities for non-qualified teachers too. The pay may be less, however it may be the same as a certified teacher. It’s dependent on the supply of teachers, the time urgency to hire a teacher, and the overall demand for a native English-speaking teacher.
Research is important.Having a degree opens doors to teach English while learning of a new land and culture. Adding a TESOL or TESL certification makes it easier to stand up in front of class and share knowledge, establish boundaries and build excitement.
Canadians are friendly. We are thoughtful, respectful and hard working. International schools both accredited or not, want us. Our accent is easier for students studying English, or its their second language. This is to our advantage. Canada’s education system is respected and recognized. We can boost our education nurtures young minds of tomorrow to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. It's bridging knowledge and application.
International schools want Canadian talent – their knowledge, experience, compassion and skills. There is always opportunity. Adventures and life journeys are about being open, and willing to learn, and most of all have the flexibility either to adapt or take things in stride. The world would be a boring place if we are all the same.Be patience, and respectful with culture, people and time. It is an adventure of a lifetime. Embrace it! Have fun!
Exploring Fuzhou, China with some amazing self taught English teachers.
Teach. Learn. Explore.
Building a Resume Takes Time.
In search for the next teaching adventure the profile needs to tell a story –your story. The story draws attention to the diamonds hiding in your resume. Lori Ann Comeau shares insight on how to write a resume for greatest impact, or radiant a shine in which gets you on an airplane to teach, learn and explore in a new land.
First impressions are lasting, and the profile is the first step to making the impression.
Role of a Resume Profile
The profile presents an opportunity to share a story if you are presenting your resume in person. It draws attention to the things you want an employer to see – right away. Most of all, it gives you the chance to tell the reader what to notice first in your career adventure, experience and skill development.
The profile is the hardest part of your resume to write. Leave it to the last task in writing or refining your resume. The body of the resume and its content reveals itself in order to summary the profile of you – your expertise, talents, and experience.
A resume spans a lifetime, which comprises of an infinite amount of events. It is to consider these events, the most important ones as a means to share the best information about you, and writing your story. It supports the diamond within you by building the anticipation through a series of bulletin points of skills, experience and qualifications. The series of these events differs too. A new graduate will focus more attention on skills and qualifications as they build their experience whereas, as a seasoned teacher will focus more attention on skills and experience.
Audience Determines Writing Style
A resume has to be clear, concise and effective. Too many words, or too text heavy can hinder the shine of a resume as the reader gets bored and starts skipping information. The best information about you may be lost!
A profile should be no more than five sentences. It becomes too complicated. Avoid descriptive, flowery words as well as general statements such as ‘self-motivated’, ‘team player’ and ‘punctual’. These are basic traits of an employee. If you want to stand above the crowd, or shine like a diamond use action words to describe you, your skills and work. Write in the educated third person such as:
“Designed and delivered a lecture series to improve education performance, incorporating expert advice and examining successful programs to launch a best practice module”.
It’s a statement, which makes the storyteller jump from the page! It engages the reader to want to learn more about – you!
Structure of a Resume Profile
Who are you professionally. Focus on your qualifications and background. Who you are personally will reveal itself in your community service, volunteerism, awards and recognition.
What focuses on your skills and expertise. What do you have to offer?
Where focuses on your sector or industry knowledge and experience. Focus attention on the different organizations, workplaces, and environments. This supports the question, where do you wish your next adventure to take you?
How are going to reach your next career adventure? Focus on the role; organization, culture and growth, which will help, take the leap to a new adventure.
When is a summary of your career and most importantly sets unwritten timelines for your next career adventure to begin. It is the seasonality of life, and its lessons in growth and experience, which prepares us for the next adventure, or chapter in the storybook. When do you wish yours to begin?