Originally Posted by fakearms123
Hey, I have applied for a position in UAE with uteach and teachaway. They have yet to get back to me on any positions being available for this term coming. Would I be better off contacting the schools directly or is it too late now?
Hey, I applied with teachaway (or teachanywhere as I call it) early last March. It takes a lot of phone calls and effort to get them to keep in contact with you, trust me, but that is the only way they will look for work for you. Are you newly qualified, or do you have a few years of experience? You don't have to answer, but I can just tell you my rep told me there is very stiff competition for jobs this year, especially in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. She also said newly qualified will find it tough this year, even compared to last where they would take them on. I'm not saying they won't, but a lot schools in Dubai any way that allowed NQT applications last year don't this this year. She told me that there are so many teachers with lots of experience heading over now that you wouldn't think it, so competition is a lot tougher.I have a years experience thankfully from a temporary position I got, but had nothing for next sep so I'm off to Dubai with a friend!
It took ALOT of interviews though, I did at least 11 with 4 different schools, and some schools did not even get back to my rep. It takes a lot of patience and time, but don't give up. Call up the office instead of e-mailing and get to know a rep - that will help you big time. If I'm very honest, I think you will find it extremely tough to get a job in Dubai or Abu Dhabi at this stage (do try though, my friend got a call last minute for a school in Dubai mid August last year and took it, but again she was waiting three months.)
Also, if you just want somewhere in UAE, I got an offer for a school in Al Ain through elite education but I had my job in Dubai at that stage. Elite education wouldn't be as great for getting interviews, (they offered me very little interviews actually, only 2 schools did through them), but still they were looking for loads of new teachers for a school there. Try them if you're not fussed. Best of luck with the job search any way!
Oh also, at this stage, yes, I would contact schools directly. Go onto various schools websites and there is usually a jobs section on it and apply that way. Being honest thought, I sent an application to the school I will be teaching in via E-mail 2 months before they offered me the job through teachanywhere. It did not seem like they seen my E-mail application at all, and did not reply so for some schools that might not be the best approach.
Anyone else here heading to Dubai??! I'm not going with Sabis, but have a friend that is and friends that are not but we'll all be Primary teaching any way. . I'm getting very excited at this stage!