How can UK teaching experience help get you a job back at home?
We asked a recent graduate from La Trobe University, Mikayla, to talk to Teach In about her story. Read on for more information on how building up valuable UK teaching experience can help you to find teaching work in Australia. This is also the case in Canada. Maybe it is time to make a career focused decision and kick-start your teaching career?
“I graduated from La Trobe University, Bendigo in 2013 with a Bachelor of Education (Primary/Secondary). Upon completion of my degree I felt ready, prepared and excited to begin my teaching career. I applied for a large number of jobs in Australia and finally secured my first interview. I was fortunate enough to be offered the position and completed my Graduate Year teaching VCE Psychology and Junior Science at McGuire College.
After my first year of teaching, my partner and I decided to make the move to London. With the support of Teach In, I had a highly successful two years teaching in Primary schools in London. Upon my return to Melbourne, I began applying for teaching jobs and secured a Term 4 role at an Independent school – after completing a Skype interview whilst travelling. On the day that I landed back in Australia, I had been invited to attend two interviews at two different schools in Melbourne. I was offered both roles and, at the end of Term 4, I secured an ongoing permanent role at the Independent school I had been working at.
I strongly believe that it was my experience teaching in London that made me a highly employable and sought after candidate upon my return to Australia. I have a unique experience that few others have. I have succeeded working in very multicultural schools, working with limited resources and have been held to an extremely high level of accountability. Teaching in London enabled me to develop and strengthen the skills that La Trobe initially allowed me to explore and, upon my return to Melbourne, I was regarded as a highly skilled and sought after teacher”.
If you would like to find out more about how Teach In can support you in gaining valuable UK teaching experience, register your details today and one of our team will be in touch.