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SenatorJack



Joined: 13 Apr 2017
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:14 am    Post subject: Advice for Nice Reply with quote

Hi, this is my first post here. I've just begun teaching ESL last year - it's a second career for me - and I'm wondering what the market is like in Nice. I was just there on a scouting mission in June and found there are a few schools, but I didn't make inquiries as we won't be moving there till next summer. Still, I'm trying to get a full perspective now, just so we can make realistic plans.

Here's my current situation: I have my TESOL certificate and come next spring I'll have a masters in Linguistics (which, I know, may or may not score brownie points). I'll most likely obtain CELTA certification, too, if I can work it out between semesters. I also have American-Italian dual citizenship. Finally, being that I'm in my early 50s, I know I'm not exactly a young teacher, but I'm not exactly falling apart either. Has anyone found age to be a factor in France?

Anyway, any and all tips and bits of advice are greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone has lived there and has thoughts on neighborhoods (we didn't get to scout out all of them), please share!

Thank you and kind regards,

Jack
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ISSAKAB



Joined: 12 Feb 2013
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: jobs Nice Reply with quote

I've been in France three years. Very difficult if not impossible to get a full time job with a proper contract. There are training organisations mostly based in Paris that provide English teachers to companies (everyone in France has the right to a certain number of hours paid for training per year, from an approved provider). Lots of employees are opting to use their right to training for English lessons.
You'll have to set yourself up as an autoentrepreneur or other self employed entity. The bureaucracy here is mind numbing, be warned.

You need to be mobile i.e have a car or scooter and very flexible. The market for business English is buoyant but you're expected to be 'flexible'.

You can pick up a certain amount of private students through the web and the training providers can also find you through that. Have a really nice photo and spend some time putting a decent advert together.

I've also found some good gigs through pole emploi. Well worth putting your CV on there, they also have jobs advertised.
Universities (both state and private) are always looking for teachers, either for English or to teach various subjects, in English. Networking is very important in France and forming and maintaining good relationships with people will often lead to work, sometimes months down the line. A smile will get you many places.

What I regard as freedom, others would regard as intolerable insecurity. France is not an easy country to operate in.

Age doesn't seem to be an issue here, no. Much more important is to be presentable and professional looking, image is important in France and the standard EFL teachers uniform of jeans or leggings and a t shirt won't cut it here. Think business casual.
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yurii



Joined: 12 Jan 2017
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:39 pm    Post subject: Re: jobs Nice Reply with quote

ISSAKAB wrote:


Much more important is to be presentable and professional looking, image is important in France and the standard EFL teachers uniform of jeans or leggings and a t shirt won't cut it here. Think business casual.


Good advice ISSAKAB, but I have to disagree, at least for the schools I have experience in (collège/lycée) and French university, where jeans and a t-shirt are absolutely fine. In UK this would be totally unacceptable and I was initially surprised in French schools that they were so casual. But, I guess language academies are different?
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SenatorJack



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all that, Issakab. Very helpful! Good to know there will probably some work for me. I'm used to being flexible now, so that won't be an issue. And as far as the "dress code", I have that covered. Indeed, one of the things that pushed me toward Nice was that I thought the "well-to-do" set might prefer to hire a guy in a three-piece suit to tutor/teach their kids than someone in cargo shorts and flip-flops. Not that I'm knocking the cargo shorts and flip-flops. It's just that I come from a business background, and I've maintained that expected appearance in my new career.

Do you think there's room for new schools over there? My girlfriend and I are debating whether we should make a deposit on a small apartment or open a small school first. Unfortunately, we definitely don't have the funds for both.
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