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Postby cherrypop » Tue, 07 Mar 2006 11:06 pm

Hi everyone,

I would really appreciate some advice on teaching posts.

I am moving to Singapore this summer and am currently looking for work as a teacher. I am a Primary NQT, specialising in Early Years education. I am aware that the competition for International posts is tough and normally jobs go to more experienced teachers. However, I have been advised to look for jobs in language schools, maybe teaching enrichment classes.

Can anyone help me find more information on these? Or does anyone know of any places where a job may become available?

Thanks,

cherrypop x :)
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Postby k1w1 » Wed, 08 Mar 2006 9:37 pm

Being newly qualified shouldn't stop you from being employed by schools here - assuming you've been teaching for a few years. Do NOT go through language schools.

Most International Schools are in the process of hiring (or have finished hiring) for the next school year, to start in August. Start looking at websites and making contact that way.

Good luck.

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Postby cherrypop » Thu, 09 Mar 2006 1:41 am

Thanks for the reply about jobs k1w1, I almost have something sorted although the pay is going to be poor (I don't want to say where it is in case I decide not to take the job). I have had a phone interview so far but no contract yet. The pay is going to be between S$2000 and S$3000. Is this reasonable for a qualified teacher?

Basically I am still looking for work. When you say I would need to have a couple of years experience, would support and youth work count? Obviously as an NQT I have never been able to take on full responsibility apart from on my teaching placements.

I am still waiting for some campanies to get back to me. Can you suggest anything else I could be doing to secure work?

Thanks again,

cherrypop x :)

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Postby earthfriendly » Thu, 09 Mar 2006 5:05 am

cherrypop wrote:Thanks for the reply about jobs k1w1, I almost have something sorted although the pay is going to be poor (I don't want to say where it is in case I decide not to take the job). I have had a phone interview so far but no contract yet. The pay is going to be between S$2000 and S$3000. Is this reasonable for a qualified teacher?



It used to be teachers were quite well-paid and desirable jobs in SG. In the old days, they get lots of perks like nice retirement plan, long vacation, respect and most of all ........................ enjoy the teaching experience .

Unfortunately, the scene has changed and the system here is going towards the direction of Japan and USA. Kids have more rights now and parents are more willing to sue if things don't go the kids/parents way. Teachers are afraid of lawsuits and hence may not always do the right thing especially if the action required is not politically correct. People do not accord teachers with as much reverence and respect as they used to. There is more stress to the education system which in turn stress the teachers out. Hence, many SGeans are avoiding the jobs and SG had to hire many mainland Chinese to fill the voids.

Not to be disouraging to you but just want to give my input. I wish you the best. To me teachers are sacred as they are educating the adults of tomorrow. I have gotten teachers of all shapes, sizes and temperaments....................... gentle and sweet ones, very fierce (home economics) and strict (economy), chatty (still remember Mrs. Ong the music teacher), reserve, aoof and friendly ones. While under their rein, I found some of them unbearable. You know what, thinking back, I love them all and have a lot of respect for what they do.

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Postby k1w1 » Thu, 09 Mar 2006 2:40 pm

Cherrypop: NO! that is appalling money for a qualified teacher. A language school will pay you $3000 a month (and they don't require a teaching certificate). The minimum pay for an employment pass is $2500 per month, so anything less than that is total garbage and will likely not be approved. I have heard of some serious dodgy outfits who will lie on your EP application to get it approved and then pay you less than what they are required to.

In the short time that I have been here I have made contact (some of it second-hand or via a parenting role) with a number of schools, teachers and companies, so I might be able to help or guide you. Feel free to PM me.

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Postby k1w1 » Thu, 09 Mar 2006 7:52 pm

The other thing (if you're not in too much of a hurry) is to work in UK for a while and come in a year. I assume that NQT means you have QTS?

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Postby Mary Hatch Bailey » Thu, 09 Mar 2006 7:57 pm

I know one round of hiring fairs just finished up, but there is another in May. I'm not sure if this link can help you?

http://www.emtech.net/fairs.html

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Postby cherrypop » Thu, 09 Mar 2006 9:30 pm

Thank you all for your replies.

k1w1 - you have a pm.

cherry pop x


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