We're here to explore the world of teaching in an international school and guide you through the process. Are you ready for an adventure that could transform your application journey? Whether you're a teacher-to-be, a high school teacher who is still exploring, or a teacher seeking to upskill, this blog will give you everything you need:
Benefits of teaching in an international school
Conventional and non-conventional ways of the application process
The qualifications/eligibility criteria
Before we get to the “how-to”, let's discuss the "why". Why should you apply for teaching jobs in an international school?
Benefits of Teaching in an International School
1. Competitive Salary and Benefits
International schools offer attractive salaries, benefits, and packages to attract and retain high-quality teachers. These packages include housing allowances, relocation assistance, and tuition discounts for teachers' children.
These schools provide financial stability and the ability to save for the future, which helps create a more satisfying and fulfilling work experience.
According to US News and World Report, In 2021, the average salary for High School Teachers was $69,530. For comparable jobs, the average salaries in 2021 were as follows: Elementary School Teachers earned $67,080, Middle School Teachers earned $66,880, School Counselors earned $63,090, and Sports Coaches earned $50,550. You can also check the graph above for a better understanding.
2. Small Class Size
International schools typically maintain smaller class sizes than regular schools, allowing a more personalised education approach that better meets each student's unique learning needs and styles.
This focus on individual attention is a priority for international schools, which often limit their class sizes to 10 to 25 students, depending on the educational level.
3. Language Learning Opportunities
International schools offer language learning opportunities for teachers and students. Exposure to different languages helps teachers to enhance their language skills and communicate better with students from diverse backgrounds.
4. Global Network
International schools provide international development programs and offer a chance to connect with people from different cultures with similar interests.
These programs aim to help teachers encourage relationships with others and advance their professional growth by actively participating in them.
Engaging in such programs also enhances teachers' credibility and offers expanded opportunities to build a global network.
5. Enhanced Job Security
International schools offer higher job security. This is because of strong financial backing, stable enrollment numbers, and strict employment regulations, which reduce the risk of budget cuts and teacher layoffs.
The international school market is expected to grow in the coming years, providing teachers with more commodities and stability.
6. Exposure to Innovative Teaching Practices
International schools are at the forefront of educational innovation, new-age teaching practices and educational technologies. As a result, these schools are more likely to enhance teachers’ skills and stay updated with the latest educational trends.
7. Professional Development Opportunities
International schools provide numerous professional development opportunities, workshops, training programs, and conferences to develop skills like effective communication, cultural competence, adaptability, and knowledge of different teaching methodologies, highlighting their commitment to providing high-quality education. By participating in these opportunities, teachers can improve their techniques and expertise to meet the diverse needs of their students.
International schools have cutting-edge facilities, including well-equipped classrooms, libraries, sports facilities, technology resources, and labs. These facilities enhance the teaching and learning experience and help teachers deliver high-quality education.
9. Supportive School Community
International schools have a strong sense of community, with parents, students, and teachers working together to create a supportive environment for the holistic development of a child. As a result, teachers report feeling supported and motivated.
10. Travel Opportunities
International schools have campuses in different countries, providing teachers with opportunities to travel and work in other parts of the world.
Teachers in these schools have opportunities to travel and take the students on educational drives and field trips as part of their jobs.
Oh, I see you're intrigued by the idea of teaching in an international school—and who wouldn't be? You're probably thinking about all the fascinating cultures you could encounter, the diverse students you could teach, and the thrilling challenges you could face. If you're still wondering how to apply for such a dream job, then wonder no more! We're here to guide you through the process. We'll share a few methods to ensure you can submit your application and land your dream job.
Non-Conventional Methods: Applying for a Teaching Position in an International School
Showcase your teaching experience and accomplishments through a personal website or blog.
Create a video resume or teaching demo and share it with the school.
Ask for references from previous employers or colleagues. Other teacher or administrator endorsements can help you stand out as a candidate.
Demonstrate your passion for teaching by working with diverse student populations through community service projects or volunteering.
Use social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter to connect with current or former school teachers or recruiters. Networking with teachers and recruiters on platforms can lead to career opportunities. Build relationships, gain insights, and secure referrals to stand out in a competitive job market.
Look for job postings on lesser-known or specialised job boards (examples: International School Services, Suraasa job portal, International Baccalaureate Career and Employment Centre).
If you have graduated from a particular university or education program, you can tap into alum networks for job leads at international schools. In addition, alum associations or university career centres can provide resources or connect candidates with alums who work in the field.
Attend professional development events or conferences to build your reach, network, and learn about relevant job opportunities.
Conventional Methods: Applying for a Teaching Position in an International School
Attend job fairs and conferences where schools recruit and prepare for the in-person interview.
Contact the school through email to express interest and showcase your qualifications.
Emphasise your relevant teaching credentials and qualifications on various job platforms by showcasing your teaching certifications and degrees.
Submit a resume/CV and cover letter through the school's online job portal or email.
Check out popular job boards like Naukri, Suraasa job portal, Indeed, and LinkedIn. In addition, you will find many job portals if you search online.
Contact recruitment agencies that specialise in placing teachers in international schools.
It's not easy to secure a job at an international teaching school, but with the right effort and skills, you can make it happen. However, to truly stand out from the pool of candidates, you need the right tips and skills. And that's where Suraasa comes in. We know exactly what international schools are looking for in their teachers. And we can help you get there. By upskilling yourself in the areas that matter most, you'll maximise your chances of getting noticed and getting an interview call.
So why wait? Book a session with your mentor today and let them help you turn your teaching goals into a reality. Good luck with becoming an international school teacher!
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