Personality Conflict with Director

March 26, 2015

sternwoman46763620What can you do if a new director seems to really dislike you? For example: You have a successful track record, but find yourself suddenly in a position in which you feel targeted/picked on for little things. It is plainly clear that she (the director) just really dislikes you on a personal level, to the point that other people have pointed it out to you. Ever had this experience?

It is her first year as a director. No unions overseas, of course. Colleagues keep advising tactics that would work great at home, where there are, you know, laws and procedures, but this woman just gets angry when I say anything in my defense. I’m starting to realize that she can just sack me with no repercussions.

Can anyone offer any advice/practicalities for this situation, or for coping emotionally in this situation? I’m lost. (This topic was transplanted from the ISR Forum)

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The ‘Accidental International Educator’

March 19, 2015

accidental-eduator-1We define an ‘Accidental International Educator’ as one who never actually intended to teach overseas, but today finds themselves living and teaching internationally, loving every minute of it. You’ve met ‘Accidental International Educators’ at recruiting fairs. Maybe YOU are an ‘Accidental International Educator’ yourself….

‘Accidental International Educators’ usually have tenured positions in their home countries, but out of curiosity attend a international recruiting venue to test the waters, so to speak, and see what it’s all about. Next thing they know, they’re offered a job in some far-flung location and they accept! Not quite ready to leave it all behind, ‘Accidental International Educators’ may take a two-year leave of absence from their home-country school. After all, they are just checking it out.

Once outside the comfort of their insular world, ‘Accidental International Educators’ are awed by peoples, foods, exotic cultures/traditions, landscapes, new job possibilities (i.e. teaching specials rather than their usual subject) and the sheer exhilaration of a world they never even imagined existed. Something long dormant in the ‘Accidental International Educator’ springs to life as they’re involved in the adventure of a lifetime. With the end of their contract in sight, the Accidental International Educator extends or seeks a new overseas position, leaving their old life back home behind. The course has been set and they are off and running in their new international teaching adventure!

Are YOU an ‘Accidental International Educator’? Here’s a chance to tell your story to other educators on the verge of becoming an ‘Accidental International Educator’ themselves. Sharing your experience will help pave the way for those that follow.

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Hits & Misses of Skype Recruiting Adventures

March 12, 2015

Hitting-The-Bulls-Eye-4145396In 2012, when Skype interviews were still a novelty, International Schools Review featured an informative Article exploring the art of Skype-ing for International Teaching Positions. Teachers rounded out the Article by contributing their anecdotal experiences, ultimately encouraging scores of current and potential International Educators to take advantage of the Skype venue for recruiting.

Back “in the day” when Skype was relatively new, huge amounts of bandwidth were needed to make the software operate correctly. This made it almost impossible to conduct a Skype interview when either the school or the candidate was located in a developing nation with a low-powered connection. When the video portion of Skype started fluttering and/or the sound began to stutter, the online interview turned into not much more than a test of a candidate’s patience and ability to deal with frustration — admittedly, two desirable qualities for an International Educator but not the major focus of an interview.

Much has changed since our original Article in 2012. New developments with Skype software afford a quality online interview experience with even the most meager of Internet connections. Along with the expanded reliability of Skype Interviews, we’re also seeing new advantages and some concerns associated with online interviews. The last of the big Recruiting Fairs is about to take place. Once that’s over, Skype will play an even more important role in the International Teacher recruiting process. Your input may be helpful!

Please do visit our earlier Article/Blog titled, Skype Your Way to an International Teaching PositionWe encourage you to add your own, recent Skype Recruiting Adventures hits and misses to the Comments section to bring colleagues and schools up-to-date and in a position to get the most out of what Skype has to offer as an online recruiting venue.

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When Recruiting Fairs Give You Lemons

March 5, 2015

Lemon1241697The window of opportunity for finding an overseas teaching position this recruiting season has just about closed. Unfortunately, some of us who are currently overseas haven’t landed a job for the upcoming academic year. If you’re in this unnerving position and facing a return to your home country potentially jobless, homeless and/or car-less, you’re not alone. Many an experienced overseas educator walked away empty-handed this recruiting season.

Most International Schools require teachers resign their current position well in advance of attending a Recruiting Fair. So what do you do when you resign your international teaching job, fly off to recruit at a Fair or two, and still fail to land a new position? You could try to extend your present contract for the upcoming school year. But chances are your school has already filled your position, and maybe even at the exact same Fair you attended….

One International Educator we spoke with said she and her husband (also a teacher) were forced to return to the States after they failed to find a school with positions for them both and tells us they made their own proverbial lemonade: They rented an apartment (near family) in what they considered a good school district for their two kids, bought a “funky” old car, applied for substitute teaching credentials and simply rode out year. They easily found positions the next recruiting season and have been overseas ever since.

Another teacher reports his unique lemonade recipe: He rented a house near an International School he wanted to teach at and worked there as a substitute teacher. The school, being familiar with his work, hired him for the following year and gave him the foreign-hire status he required.

There ARE creative ways to work around not finding a job at a Recruiting Fair. Have you been in this position? How did you deal with it? Or, are you facing the prospect of finding yourself in this very position? Here’s the place to share your ideas.

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