Schlepping around the universe.
Apologies for the delay in posting. I’ve been travelling for all but 2 of the past 6 weeks. Since my last newsletter I’ve been to see clients in Hong Kong, Shenzhen China, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and finally Fujairah where we made this video that thankfully does not star me), then met with the new North American team in Toronto, and finally capped it off with a much needed holiday in Portugal. Sounds more glamorous than it actually was – I flew crowded coach planes including…. Canadians you will appreciate this… a seemingly interminable overseas budget Air Transat flight. International travel sounds glamorous in the abstract but the reality of schlepping through airports, changing money, not knowing the language and finding your way around a new city can be exhausting.
The same is true for international teaching. It sounds glamorous in the abstract but like any job it can be hard work. You have to get documentation authenticated, fill out visa forms, figure out what to do with your house and your stuff, your mail, your cat and maybe even your boyfriend/girlfriend… and for what? You don’t know because you have not yet been there.
So why do people do it? Well, mainly because it’s actually worth the effort. Because of the comprehensive employment packages you are virtually guaranteed to save more money than at home, you will definitely meet new like-minded friends from around the world, you will have cheap travel opportunities on weekends and breaks, and you will become accustomed to a new culture and way of living giving you a broader world view. Everyone at Edvectus has lived and worked abroad personally so we know the lasting value it brings, despite the initial headaches and unglamorous schlepping. That’s why people do it – it’s about looking forward.
If you are still looking for a job please let us know, though I have to warn you we have very few open jobs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi City and Hong Kong because too many teachers want to go there for the number of jobs available – it’s fiercely competitive. Recently we had at least 10 really good applications to put forward for every one job Abu Dhabi city (it’s worse in Dubai) so if you are not getting the traction you want it may be a good idea to widen your scope.
We have quite a few really good jobs, especially in less well known locations such as Kuwait, China, Malaysia and even Eurasia and those who will consider alternative locations such as these will usually get a better quality of school and higher salary/package because the competition is more reasonable.
And finally, Happy Star Wars Day. It’s a holiday for geeks like me and Neil. Instead of schlepping the globe, we can dream of schlepping around the universe!
All the best,
Diane Jacoutot, Managing director