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
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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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.
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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^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.
^ 200 bucks is 'peanuts' just to get to attend????
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.
Exactly.So he got his investment back, and more, in the first month.
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.
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.
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.
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Unless you have a teaching credential or equivalent (PGCE), these international schools won't give you a look.
^ Yes, fair enough - that's understood. And no great loss in my case.
I don't want to derail the thread - honest! .
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.
(As stu did in post 12)
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.
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