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Interview with a vamp...um...International Recruitment Consultant!

One of the things that makes Protocol Education stand out from the pack is that all of our International Recruitment Consultants have lived and taught in the UK – this lets us give you exact answers to all of those quirky and seemingly trivial questions that you may have. We know the cost of a pint in a Walkabout Pub; we know what is going through your head as you arrive at Heathrow; we know how to squeeze into a carriage on the Tube when there is seemingly no space!

This week we will be chatting with Mitch who is the International Recruitment Consultant for NSW. Mitch lived and taught through Protocol’s Cambridge office for 15 months before coming back home to work for them in the Sydney office. We find out the highs and lows of teaching in the UK and what Aussie teachers can look forward to when travelling for the first time:

P: What made you decide to go and teach in the UK?
M: I was really keen to get out of my comfort zone in Sydney (which was helped by the lack of PE jobs available) and experience something different. The opportunity to travel was a big drawcard, however being an Aussie teacher in an English school was something that I’d always wanted to do since Uni.

P: What made you choose Cambridge?
M: All of my mates were going to London and I just felt that I would like the opportunity to experience something a little bit different. I could always commute into London for a weekend if I wanted to (and I did – frequently!) and I just felt that a regional city like Cambridge suited me perfectly.

P: What’s one thing you wish you knew before you got on the plane?
M: There are a massive amount of discount flights and airlines in the UK and Europe so it is often cheaper (and more fun) to book your own holidays when you arrive rather than paying for a package deal through a company.

P: What would you say to a teacher heading over to the UK for the first time?
M: Don’t listen to all of the horror stories about UK schools! There are some tough schools (and I’ve had my fair share), however the better schools never get the publicity that they deserve – it is always the horror stories that get airtime. Be willing to give anything a go and at the end of the day if you don’t like it, you don’t have to go back! That’s the beauty of casual teaching. Also as silly as it sounds, make sure you go out of your way to meet the locals. It is far too easy to fall into the trap of heading down to the Walkabout with a bunch of Aussies to watch a footy replay and have a few Fosters – that isn’t the real UK. Join a rugby side; attend a theatre production; support a local soccer team and follow the crowd after the game (if they win) and try and meet up with some of the local teachers that you have taught with. They love having an Aussie around and you’ll enjoy the local company and get to experience the real UK.

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Tags: Protocol Education, Cambridge, UK Academic Year, Teaching Agencies, Primary teaching, secondary teaching.

Category: Teach in the UK


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