NET - could you PLEASE keep your comments to yourself?
I'm fine so far down here close to the beach!
Chris, what are they controlling on control day?
Who controls the controllers?
"Smile" said the Lord, "things could be worse". So I smiled and they were.
I'd go to the place of my new employment as soon as I could to get settled in...
There is actually an advantage in dealing with an agency - I was told that the agencies are responsible for the qualifications of the teachers. While schools ask for diplomas and transcripts and file the copies to get the non-B visa and WP the agencies simply state that the applicant has all the necessary credentials.
That is very helpful for teachers who have no degree. If they would find employment at a school directly they would have to make visa-runs (or have a nother visa) and wouldn't get a WP.
Agencies often take care of teachers without a degree and get them a WP simply because they need teachers to fill the positions the schools require.
BTW, the raise they told me I would be getting, as mentioned in my previous post, would be 2-3K per month. I've just been told that it will be 1K. The ol' bait and switch. Why would they give me any more if they know that I am already committed to the school? (rhetorical question)
I suppose I could quit for that petty amount, start the fun job hunt again, and hope that I can find anything similar to my current job, further delay my next paycheck, one month into the school term. Not going to do that. Plus, I wouldn't dream of doing that to my current students.
Sure, after I get a bit more experience and references, I will probably look for a direct hire with a school, in order to avoid the agency bullshit.
If you think I'm doing the wrong thing at this point, please give me your advice.
^ Thanks dingoman. I appreciate it!
Back to the topic: Have you had any experience with agencies? How was it? Did it tickle?
Just kidding. No, I'm still after information, good or bad, about agencies and the reason for them.
I wonder how many employed teachers have contracts with schools/ agencies? Is it 50/50? How widespread are agencies?
Agency or not agency...none of it really matters...
Case in point...I worked for a shit agency my first job in Thailand...all the usual bullshit...after an unsuccessful attempt at training the admin of the first school I got fired...the reason was inane but the agency didn't want to ruffle feathers so they didn't go to bat for me with the school...I swore I'd never work for another agency again...three weeks of unsuccessful job hunting later the old agency rung me up with a new job offer at another gov school...no fucking way I thought...but I said "let me think about it"...couple days later I reluctantly took the job...
6 months later, thanks to my now GF, who I met at that gov school, introducing me to her advisor at the Uni where she got her Masters I got a job there...excellent Uni gig...a year later the GF gets hired at another Uni and they offer me a gig too...so here I am in a cush Uni gig...
none of this would have happened if I'd said no to the agency...so in the end it doesn't really matter does it...just do what you've got to do to make yourself ok with it and the rest will take care of itself...
"You really want to save the planet?...the next time you see a hybrid car with a childseat... smash the window, remove the childseat and replace it with a box of condoms..." Doug Stanhope
The one good thing I can think of about agencies is they can possibly get you a position that will look good on your resume (that you otherwise could not have gotten) in the future.
Agencies are easy...for teachers and for schools they are the easy way...but nothing is free...balance is always achieved...
Maybe what I've been rambling on about is a bit of a tangent, dingoman, but this is my experience with my agency. To not expect some bullshit with agencies would be foolish. But it is a mixed bag; they did get me the job that I am otherwise very happy with.