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    International School Job Fair Information

    I've heard that there are two International school job fairs in Bangkok. One put on by Search Associates, and the other by a British company (Global links). Has anyone been to either of these and could shed some light on the process of the weekend, and the location.

    I'll be attending one of these in early January, and looking for any helpful tips or information.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    Search Assoc. is well known. It is smaller then the big 2 ISS and ECIS. I have not heard of the other agency.
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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    Thanks, KMS. I was also curious to hear from others that have possibly attended one of these fairs. I'll just have to attend to find out.

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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    International Schools Services is holding a Bangkok job fair on Jan. 6-10, 2009. Search Associates is holding their Bangkok job fair on Jan. 10-13, 2009.

    On further research - the ISS job fair costs MONEY! For those who want to attend, you must register with ISS at a cost of USD $185! I am not attending this job fair. International Schools Services (ISS)

    Search Associates wants USD $100. International Schools Placement of Teachers, Administrators&Interns: Search Associates
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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    ^It's peanuts for the jobs that they get you. It's just that the application process is very lengthy. Lots of letters of reco, including a few from parents of students you've taught.

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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    ^ 200 bucks is 'peanuts' just to get to attend????

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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    I think the main purpose of the fees and screening is just to select serious candidates who are qualified to work in international schools. This makes the job of finding suitable applicants very easy actually. I would see it benefitting both the teacher and the school. We once had a qualified teacher who went to the recruitment fair and got a decent job - doubled his salary. So he got his investment back, and more, in the first month.

    Has anyone has attended the job fairs in bkk? Can they outline the process for us? I'm interested.

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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille View Post
    ^ 200 bucks is 'peanuts' just to get to attend????
    YES. The jobs at these fairs are in the 120,000 - 150,000 baht range. 200 bucks is nothing compared to what you'll be making each month if hired.

    So he got his investment back, and more, in the first month.
    Exactly.

    Just a warning - the job fairs in BKK are very sought after, and they fill up quickly. By the time I had discovered SEARCH and ISS it was too late -- all the slots had been filled. There were 300 people on the waiting list. Then I saw that you needed parent references (difficult to come by in Korea where none of the parents at my school spoke Englishee). I finally just gave up.

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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    Quote Originally Posted by oxfordstu View Post
    200 bucks is nothing compared to what you'll be making each month if hired.
    Yeah, that's a BIG if, all I'm saying.

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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    I went to the ISS recruiting fair (called an IRC) in NYC this past year, and that's how I got my current job at an Intl school. It does cost money, not only to go to the job fair, but just to be in the ISS system. It was worth every penny though. They are VERY professional and very well organized, with good schools all over the world. You do need to be a "proper" teacher though (can we not get into a flame war over that term, I mean no disrespect, just you need to be western certified).

    If you have the quals and the motivation, go for it, but register early, because those late fees add up!

    ps. I LOVE my job and make really good money, I hope you can find something similar.
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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    Quote Originally Posted by theent01 View Post
    You do need to be a "proper" teacher though (can we not get into a flame war over that term, I mean no disrespect, just you need to be western certified).
    If you want to be clear then why not just use the words western or state school certified?

    I have a dip TESOL, MA TESOL and over twenty years experience. (All qualifications awarded by 'western' bodies, by the way )

    In what sense is that 'improper'?

    You're a teacher - surely you agree that expressing yourself clearly is important.
    Last edited by Cyrille; 29th October 2008 at 11:53.

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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    Unless you have a teaching credential or equivalent (PGCE), these international schools won't give you a look.

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    ^ Yes, fair enough - that's understood. And no great loss in my case.
    I don't want to derail the thread - honest! .

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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    yes cyrille, that's why i said i meant no disrespect. jeez, why include caveats if people are going to go after the point that was caveated anyway?

    You need to be certified to teach in the west. ok? I don't know if having a MA in TESOL qualifies you, not my bag, perhaps you can contribute and tell us if that counts.

    I don't make the rules, just trying to provide information for the curious.

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    Re: International School Job Fair Information

    Quote Originally Posted by theent01 View Post
    why include caveats if people are going to go after the point that was caveated anyway?
    Why not just spend less time and fewer words and get it right in the first place?

    (As stu did in post 12)

    Quote Originally Posted by theent01 View Post
    I don't know if having a MA in TESOL qualifies you, not my bag
    Oh. I see. You didn't actually understand what you were saying with this:

    Quote Originally Posted by theent01 View Post
    You do need to be a "proper" teacher though (can we not get into a flame war over that term, I mean no disrespect, just you need to be western certified).
    There are a million ways to be certified in the west as a teacher.
    It depends on what subject you teach. Given the nature of ESL, a lot of the teachers of this subject are going to be based overseas, and therefore outside of their home countries education system.

    They may therefore lack a PGCE or equivalent qualification.

    This does not mean, in any way whatsoever that they are not 'proper teachers'.

    Stu says these job fair hirers will not consider you if you lack a PGCE or equivalent, and that ties in with my knowledge of this.

    It's got nothing to do with being a 'proper teacher'. I've taught for over 20 years without a PGCE. My father taught deisel mechanics at a Midlands Technical college for a similar term without a PGCE.

    Take it from me - we're both proper teachers.
    Last edited by Cyrille; 29th October 2008 at 14:28. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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