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« on: February 07, 2015, 02:50:58 AM »
I just want a job as an educator in some capacity, but it's proving pretty difficult. At first, I majored in mathematics, but I discovered that the courses were very difficult for me, and I had to change my major. Eventually, I graduated with an English degree, and, surprise, I wasn't able to find a job. I decided to go back to college to get a master's. Now I have my master's, and I feel like I'm in the same boat. My classmates have gotten jobs, but I'm still substitute teaching. I want to be an educator in some capacity, but I really don't know where to start. If anyone knows of a list of resources, that would be a good start.


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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2015, 03:35:18 AM »
I just want a job as an educator in some capacity, but it's proving pretty difficult. At first, I majored in mathematics, but I discovered that the courses were very difficult for me, and I had to change my major. Eventually, I graduated with an English degree, and, surprise, I wasn't able to find a job. I decided to go back to college to get a master's. Now I have my master's, and I feel like I'm in the same boat. My classmates have gotten jobs, but I'm still substitute teaching. I want to be an educator in some capacity, but I really don't know where to start. If anyone knows of a list of resources, that would be a good start.

Would you be willing to move abroad? You would be in extremely high demand as an English teacher in Asia.

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2015, 08:11:18 AM »
Hi - you are also the author of the "poor teacher" thread.  Why are you starting a new thread?  You are getting a great deal of information there. 

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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2015, 08:18:41 AM »
The "still dreaming" thread too??    I realize they are all related but now it is getting to be a bit much.   You are getting a lot of replies but I think people will "tune out" if you just re-ask the same questions with different thread titles.

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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2015, 09:09:54 AM »
The "still dreaming" thread too??    I realize they are all related but now it is getting to be a bit much.   You are getting a lot of replies but I think people will "tune out" if you just re-ask the same questions with different thread titles.

Sorry, I didn't realize these were the same questions. On the other threads, I asked very general questions. On this one, I'm asking specific questions about where / how to find a good teaching job that uses my skill set. I realize, though, that perhaps those answers were posted elsewhere. I haven't heard anything about the prospect of online teaching, though, and I would like to know more about teaching abroad opportunities. Has anyone here tried online teaching or teaching in another country?

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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2015, 11:12:37 AM »
You are correct that you asked general questions but you are getting specific answers. I don't think its a problem to start new threads though because the forum is for asking questions and people can click on something else if they don't want to comment.

People might have a few suggestions but you need to do research on your own.
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2015, 12:48:17 PM »
How many applications have you put into schools?  In how many different districts?  In how many states?
What is your licensing in (you have an English degree- so is it only high school English? Most primary teachers have education degrees.)  Is there a way you can expand this to make it more marketable?  What other skills can you offer to a school- are there clubs/sports you could sponsor/coach that another applicant could not?

Is the problem that you can't find a teaching job in your exact location (very common) or you can't find a teaching job at all (very uncommon).

Do you network with the principals in the schools you sub at so they know you are looking for a permanent job? Have you talked to them about openings?  Have you chatted with pregnant teachers whose class you could permanently sub for, and then maybe take over when they decide they want to be stay-at-home Moms? (I found this to be a pretty common way to get a teaching job, actually).

Have you looked at private schools and online schools?  If you just want to be some type of educator and maybe not a classroom one, have you checked museums and workplace training?  What about tutoring centers like Kumon?


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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2015, 02:08:20 PM »
How many applications have you put into schools?  In how many different districts?  In how many states?
What is your licensing in (you have an English degree- so is it only high school English? Most primary teachers have education degrees.)  Is there a way you can expand this to make it more marketable?  What other skills can you offer to a school- are there clubs/sports you could sponsor/coach that another applicant could not?

I've applied for a few out-of-state jobs and interviewed with a few international schools. I've also continued to apply with one county public school system that I sub for quite often. The county serves every district in Mobile, AL and surrounding cities. I've also put my teaching information on file with the state of Alabama. I have a license to teach English / Language Arts to grades 6-12. I have a bachelor's in English / Language Arts. I'm also waiting to receive an ESL teaching certificate, as I have a master's in Education with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I would be able to make myself into a tutor, but the market is glutted, and people with master's degrees are having to settle for part-time work. I'm willing to do a fair amount of technology work outside of school hours and may even go back for an associate's in computer programming. Right now, I like to tinker with computers and other electronic media. I also love language learning, but I don't have enough course work to be certified as a foreign language teacher. I wish I knew how, though, because they need Spanish teachers in this area.

Is the problem that you can't find a teaching job in your exact location (very common) or you can't find a teaching job at all (very uncommon).


There are teaching jobs in other districts, but I'm waiting to receive a copy of my master's degree so that I can apply for reciprocity. I graduated a month ago, and they sent my degree to the wrong address. It's only a temporary problem, but it's keeping me from providing proof of my certification to interested schools in other states.

Do you network with the principals in the schools you sub at so they know you are looking for a permanent job? Have you talked to them about openings?  Have you chatted with pregnant teachers whose class you could permanently sub for, and then maybe take over when they decide they want to be stay-at-home Moms? (I found this to be a pretty common way to get a teaching job, actually).

Typically, I stay in my room, finish my work, and only talk to the other teachers to get advice on classroom management, teaching, how his / her classroom usually runs, or any questions I feel directly relate to doing my job as a sub more effectively. I feel like I'm probably bugging the teachers if I ask anything else. My information is on file, and they can call me if they want me.

Have you looked at private schools and online schools?  If you just want to be some type of educator and maybe not a classroom one, have you checked museums and workplace training?  What about tutoring centers like Kumon?

I have looked at private schools in the area, and they are hiring people with PhD's, superb classroom management, and teaching experience in field. I would have a good shot at teaching at one had I majored in a specialized field, like engineering, didn't like the job, and wanted to transition to teaching, but I'm finding it really difficult to stand out since I majored in English and do not have prior paid teaching experience. It may be the same with community colleges and schools abroad, but I seem to have a gift with adults and international students. I've done much of my teaching experience with this demographic. 

The tutoring centers occasionally hire, but, again, since the market here is glutted, they can take their pick. I didn't receive high enough ACT scores, in their opinion, to help them tutor for test prep. That's what I'm guessing; they never told me why they decided not to hire me. I'm not the best test taker, though, and exemplary scores are one requirement to teach at the tutoring centers around here.

 
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2015, 08:44:29 PM »
Come to Asia. you will make about 36k a year if you hustle with extremely low COL and flexible hours. It is a pretty easy gig. If you have a masters in english you could probably get in with a local school pretty easily. you can message me if you want any more info on this.

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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2015, 11:10:29 AM »
As we mentioned in the other thread, CCSD in Nevada is hiring about 2500 teachers next year.  Look into their ARL program.  You'll start in the low 40s with a Master's Degree (but don't pay into SS, so your take home is good and if you have the discipline to save, that's a good tradeoff).  Low COL.

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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2017, 09:08:12 AM »
Come to Asia. you will make about 36k a year if you hustle with extremely low COL and flexible hours. It is a pretty easy gig. If you have a masters in english you could probably get in with a local school pretty easily. you can message me if you want any more info on this.


I'm beginning to reconsider maybe teaching overseas, even though I have a lot of anxiety to be honest. I'm just kind of afraid that I'll somehow make a wrong impression or insult them. I'm also really leery of scams and recruiters who charge for placement programs. I would need more information to feel comfortable. Do you have any suggestions?  I wish I could find a group that was teaching overseas; it's nice to have a support system or people to turn to when you have questions.
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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2017, 09:40:43 AM »
Come to Asia. you will make about 36k a year if you hustle with extremely low COL and flexible hours. It is a pretty easy gig. If you have a masters in english you could probably get in with a local school pretty easily. you can message me if you want any more info on this.


I'm beginning to reconsider maybe teaching overseas, even though I have a lot of anxiety to be honest. I'm just kind of afraid that I'll somehow make a wrong impression or insult them.

Just don't do it on purpose. They understand accidents, and if you're trying. And they see foreigners all the time.

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I'm also really leery of scams and recruiters who charge for placement programs.

Right, they should be paying you, not the other way around.

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I would need more information to feel comfortable. Do you have any suggestions?  I wish I could find a group that was teaching overseas; it's nice to have a support system or people to turn to when you have questions.

There are tons of online resources where you can talk to people who have actually done it. Check out ESL Cafe, for example.
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« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2017, 10:02:16 AM »
I posted on your other thread as well, but just wanted to add that if you're not making any FaceTime  with admin, they're not putting your face and resume together. There are so so many resumes, and the longer you don't have a ft position the more likely they are to pass over your resume. You have to be bold. Approach an administrator, tell them you've enjoyed working in their school, and ask if they have any open positions. Follow up by email, and attach your resume to the email. Tell them they can share it with neighboring campuses that have a vacancy. No one is going to find you because they have your info on file. They don't have time to track down every old resume on file and peruse it. You have to hustle.

Have you been to any job fairs? Not just district fairs, but regional ones as well. Reach out to your university's job placement office. I don't know the market in AL but you don't need reciprocity to look outside of Mobile. Apply to those jobs directly. Having info on file with the state isn't doing you any good unless the district is truly desperate. They're looking at direct applications first. Email the admin after you apply. Even if they never answer, they might take a moment to glance at your resume while the email is up instead of logging into the application system, finding your name, downloading your resume, and then looking at it.

If you can't afford to travel out of town for job interviews, ask for a Skype interview. It's not as good as face to face but better than a phone interview. Practice your interview skills. Be friendly, and warm. Administrators want someone enthusiastic about teaching who will be a positive team member. Watch yourself for negativity and tone.

It's not too late to find a job but time is winding down for this upcoming school year. Cast a wide net and consider job hunting your job for the next three weeks. If nothing pans out, then consider other options. If you don't want to move to Asia, you can get a retail/food service job on the evenings/weekends and still substitute teach to make more money.

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« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2017, 02:46:26 PM »
I posted on your other thread as well, but just wanted to add that if you're not making any FaceTime  with admin, they're not putting your face and resume together. There are so so many resumes, and the longer you don't have a ft position the more likely they are to pass over your resume. You have to be bold. Approach an administrator, tell them you've enjoyed working in their school, and ask if they have any open positions. Follow up by email, and attach your resume to the email. Tell them they can share it with neighboring campuses that have a vacancy. No one is going to find you because they have your info on file. They don't have time to track down every old resume on file and peruse it. You have to hustle.

Have you been to any job fairs? Not just district fairs, but regional ones as well. Reach out to your university's job placement office. I don't know the market in AL but you don't need reciprocity to look outside of Mobile. Apply to those jobs directly. Having info on file with the state isn't doing you any good unless the district is truly desperate. They're looking at direct applications first. Email the admin after you apply. Even if they never answer, they might take a moment to glance at your resume while the email is up instead of logging into the application system, finding your name, downloading your resume, and then looking at it.

If you can't afford to travel out of town for job interviews, ask for a Skype interview. It's not as good as face to face but better than a phone interview. Practice your interview skills. Be friendly, and warm. Administrators want someone enthusiastic about teaching who will be a positive team member. Watch yourself for negativity and tone.

It's not too late to find a job but time is winding down for this upcoming school year. Cast a wide net and consider job hunting your job for the next three weeks. If nothing pans out, then consider other options. If you don't want to move to Asia, you can get a retail/food service job on the evenings/weekends and still substitute teach to make more money.

Something that I've been ignoring is that I'm just not good with people in certain circumstances. I think this really mostly applies to kids, as adults know how to regulate themselves and not get overly emotional, most of the time. Kids, though, have a tendency to misread emotions and jump to conclusions. That means they could mistake my frustration and anxiety for anger or resentment toward them and act out because of it. Non-verbals are a little more difficult for me than for others because of the ASD. It's also why fast food, retail, and really any customer service job wouldn't be a proper fit for my personality and I would probably get weeded out during the application process because some places require prospective employees to complete a personality inventory.

If I'm seriously thinking about quitting at the youth center, I should probably get in touch with an employment service in the area and see if they could help me find some temporary work.

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« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2017, 02:55:33 PM »
Some good ideas already listed. Here are a few more thoughts...

I've heard Hawaii and Washington have teaching openings right now. Two pretty darn fun states!

What does your application situation look like? Do you have a high-quality teaching portfolio with examples of lessons, student work, differentiated activities, etc? Do you have a video of yourself teaching an engaging rigorous lesson? If not, take advantage of your current subbing position to create these items. They can set you apart-- I've been on a lot of hiring committees lately and it really helps to provide concrete evidence of your abilities.

You already mentioned getting your ESL license, which should definitely help. Have you considered special education as well? This would be another license but there are always special education jobs opening up and the competition is much slimmer. I'm not sure if you mentioned having loans but loan forgiveness is also much larger for SPED teachers over humanities teachers.

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« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2017, 03:28:35 PM »
I posted on your other thread as well, but just wanted to add that if you're not making any FaceTime  with admin, they're not putting your face and resume together. There are so so many resumes, and the longer you don't have a ft position the more likely they are to pass over your resume. You have to be bold. Approach an administrator, tell them you've enjoyed working in their school, and ask if they have any open positions. Follow up by email, and attach your resume to the email. Tell them they can share it with neighboring campuses that have a vacancy. No one is going to find you because they have your info on file. They don't have time to track down every old resume on file and peruse it. You have to hustle.

Have you been to any job fairs? Not just district fairs, but regional ones as well. Reach out to your university's job placement office. I don't know the market in AL but you don't need reciprocity to look outside of Mobile. Apply to those jobs directly. Having info on file with the state isn't doing you any good unless the district is truly desperate. They're looking at direct applications first. Email the admin after you apply. Even if they never answer, they might take a moment to glance at your resume while the email is up instead of logging into the application system, finding your name, downloading your resume, and then looking at it.

If you can't afford to travel out of town for job interviews, ask for a Skype interview. It's not as good as face to face but better than a phone interview. Practice your interview skills. Be friendly, and warm. Administrators want someone enthusiastic about teaching who will be a positive team member. Watch yourself for negativity and tone.

It's not too late to find a job but time is winding down for this upcoming school year. Cast a wide net and consider job hunting your job for the next three weeks. If nothing pans out, then consider other options. If you don't want to move to Asia, you can get a retail/food service job on the evenings/weekends and still substitute teach to make more money.

Something that I've been ignoring is that I'm just not good with people in certain circumstances. I think this really mostly applies to kids, as adults know how to regulate themselves and not get overly emotional, most of the time. Kids, though, have a tendency to misread emotions and jump to conclusions. That means they could mistake my frustration and anxiety for anger or resentment toward them and act out because of it. Non-verbals are a little more difficult for me than for others because of the ASD. It's also why fast food, retail, and really any customer service job wouldn't be a proper fit for my personality and I would probably get weeded out during the application process because some places require prospective employees to complete a personality inventory.

If I'm seriously thinking about quitting at the youth center, I should probably get in touch with an employment service in the area and see if they could help me find some temporary work.

Kids are better than you think they are. They love hearing about their teachers. If you start the year by saying, "I have mild autism and it makes it difficult for me to verbalized my frustration. Sometimes I get mad at myself for not explaining things clearly and I'm not mad at you when that happens" they'll understand. I worked with high school kids for a decade and they were awesome about being sensitive to other people. Teenagers don't get enough credit.

Regarding the other job- Not all retail is customer service oriented. The cashiers at Walmart and the grocery store are not my friend. They're not even friendly for the most part. Or you could be a stocker. What about USPS? Mail sorters work late hours. You have to decide to do something. Anything. Get some momentum so you can get out of your funk.

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« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2017, 03:33:15 PM »
I have heard that Pennsylvania is begging for teachers right now. However, here is a website that might help you figure out where to move. If you are willing to be flexible there are several states that have shortages, including NV. My brother and his wife teaches there and they are constantly telling me about the problems hiring good teachers.

https://teach.com/why-teach/the-demand-for-great-teachers/teacher-shortage-areas-by-state/
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« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2017, 03:35:32 PM »
Also, have you tried to do some online tutoring or teaching. This might be up your alley?

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« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2017, 03:39:23 PM »
I'll throw this in too. If you want to practice interview questions, I will do a mock phone interview with you. I'll ask generic (non-content questions) and let you respond and then give feedback on the positives and how to improve. I'm available July 23-26. The ball is in your court. Pm me if you're interested.

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« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2017, 04:04:24 PM »
I'll throw this in too. If you want to practice interview questions, I will do a mock phone interview with you. I'll ask generic (non-content questions) and let you respond and then give feedback on the positives and how to improve. I'm available July 23-26. The ball is in your court. Pm me if you're interested.

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« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2017, 04:25:46 PM »
I don't think you are ready for any major changes in your life. If you still have the job at the youth center be proud of that.
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« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2017, 05:05:44 PM »
Also, have you tried to do some online tutoring or teaching. This might be up your alley?

https://t.vipkid.com.cn/

I started an application with them, but I haven't been interviewed yet.

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« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2017, 05:07:06 PM »
I'll throw this in too. If you want to practice interview questions, I will do a mock phone interview with you. I'll ask generic (non-content questions) and let you respond and then give feedback on the positives and how to improve. I'm available July 23-26. The ball is in your court. Pm me if you're interested.

Wow! Thanks. Yes, that would be helpful, but I think what messes me up on teaching interview questions is that I just don't have the right kind of experience.

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« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2017, 05:09:59 PM »
I don't think you are ready for any major changes in your life. If you still have the job at the youth center be proud of that.

If I get a better opportunity, I'm willing to take it, but right now the job at the youth center is a lot better than anything else I've gotten, so I'm planning to keep it until I can transition to something better or just as good. My supervisor has warned me about certain complaints they've gotten about me, though. The kids are allowed to write grievances, and apparently they've used this privilege liberally. It's gotten me a little worried. 

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« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2017, 06:59:48 PM »
I'm a high school principal. If you want to do a mock interview over the phone, let me know and we can set one up. Also, I want to second the special education suggestion. Special education teachers in my area (Michigan) have their pick of jobs. I'm hiring for a position right now and am afraid I won't find someone.

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« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2017, 03:23:02 AM »
I'm a high school principal. If you want to do a mock interview over the phone, let me know and we can set one up. Also, I want to second the special education suggestion. Special education teachers in my area (Michigan) have their pick of jobs. I'm hiring for a position right now and am afraid I won't find someone.


I think I need to find a way to get additional certification without going back to a traditional college. Online programs would work well for my situation. I've been thinking about Western Governers University, but I'm not sure if the program would get me the kind of certification and practice I need to do the job effectively. 

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« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2017, 07:46:23 AM »
There are tons of jobs available in Arizona and Nevada.  Are you willing to move?

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« Reply #27 on: July 17, 2017, 08:43:55 AM »


I think I need to find a way to get additional certification without going back to a traditional college. 

No, you don't. There are lots of options for you that we've listed.

That's just another excuse.
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« Reply #28 on: July 17, 2017, 12:04:25 PM »
Have you read this book yet?
https://www.amazon.com/Feeling-Good-New-Mood-Therapy/dp/0380810336

The main reason you are unable to make major changes is because of the negative self talk. Once you start improving your mental health then you can think about moving someplace where there are better opportunities. It sounds like you live in a semi rural area without a lot of opportunities. But first you have to have some savings.

You can move without improving your mental health of course but you will need to have a savings cushion and that will take time.
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Improve your mental health
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« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2017, 01:07:52 PM »
Come to Asia. you will make about 36k a year if you hustle with extremely low COL and flexible hours. It is a pretty easy gig. If you have a masters in english you could probably get in with a local school pretty easily. you can message me if you want any more info on this.

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I taught in Taiwan (Hsinchu) for 5 years and China (Zhangjiajie) for 1.  Low COL, low stress.  I think about going back to Taiwan sometimes (pollution in China was too much for me) but I've kind of lucked into a good gig here in the States.  If that goes away, though, I would certainly consider relocating.  Taiwan is great!

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« Reply #30 on: July 17, 2017, 05:52:36 PM »


I think I need to find a way to get additional certification without going back to a traditional college. 

No, you don't. There are lots of options for you that we've listed.

That's just another excuse.

Thanks. I guess I'll take a look at the other options. I posted that because someone mentioned SPED teaching, but I don't have the certification required for that.
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Re: Teaching Jobs?
« Reply #31 on: July 17, 2017, 05:55:36 PM »
Come to Asia. you will make about 36k a year if you hustle with extremely low COL and flexible hours. It is a pretty easy gig. If you have a masters in english you could probably get in with a local school pretty easily. you can message me if you want any more info on this.

+1

I taught in Taiwan (Hsinchu) for 5 years and China (Zhangjiajie) for 1.  Low COL, low stress.  I think about going back to Taiwan sometimes (pollution in China was too much for me) but I've kind of lucked into a good gig here in the States.  If that goes away, though, I would certainly consider relocating.  Taiwan is great!

I really am considering teaching overseas or maybe trying to get a job at an international school here in the states. Do you have more information on this? Most of the information I've found requires me to pay for a class, pay for my expenses up there, or go through a complicated-looking application process.

There are other things I should probably consider, though. Mainly, will having mild autism affect my ability to get along with people in other countries? It might be easier or it might be more difficult.
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Re: Teaching Jobs?
« Reply #32 on: July 17, 2017, 06:47:22 PM »
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Mainly, will having mild autism affect my ability to get along with people in other countries?

The only way for you to know that is to go to another country and find out. Only you know how people react to you. You can try taking some classes/online seminar on how to speak to neuro-typical people (for example making your voice go up and down to make it sound more emotional), or find people who accept you the way you are.

We all have to deal with our own issues. I just got fired last Friday from my temp job because I didn't act enthusiastic enough. That's life, we all (well most of us) have to deal with how to meet others expectations of our behavior.


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or go through a complicated-looking application process.
If it's too complicated for you then ask for help. There are work centers in your state where someone can sit next to you and show you how to fill in an online application. That's not something internet strangers can help with.
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Re: Teaching Jobs?
« Reply #33 on: July 18, 2017, 02:56:43 AM »
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Mainly, will having mild autism affect my ability to get along with people in other countries?

The only way for you to know that is to go to another country and find out. Only you know how people react to you. You can try taking some classes/online seminar on how to speak to neuro-typical people (for example making your voice go up and down to make it sound more emotional), or find people who accept you the way you are.

We all have to deal with our own issues. I just got fired last Friday from my temp job because I didn't act enthusiastic enough. That's life, we all (well most of us) have to deal with how to meet others expectations of our behavior.


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or go through a complicated-looking application process.
If it's too complicated for you then ask for help. There are work centers in your state where someone can sit next to you and show you how to fill in an online application. That's not something internet strangers can help with.

True. I've taught ESL a little already, and I actually found it a lot easier than the kind of teaching I was required to do at the public schools, because ESL classes provide so much more structure; the book I was using even scripted the lesson plans. All I really needed to worry about was choosing the right lesson for the level I was working with and interacting properly with the students.

The adult students were friendly, for the most part, and plus teaching ESL is a great way to learn about new cultures and pick up new languages. They also don't really seem to mind the idiosyncrasies. Kids, though, they are a different story. I've found I have the best luck with kids, of any nationality, when they are being watched by their parents during a lesson.