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ABteacher



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:33 am    Post subject: Current info on working in Oman Reply with quote

Hello,

I am currently researching moving to Oman for September 2014.
Have a MEd. TESL and 7 years teaching experience. Have multiple publications in TESL, attend and present regularly at conferences.

Questions:
What are the benefits/drawbacks of direct hire vs. recruiter?
Is there a good recruiter out there anyone knows of?
Names of good schools to work for?
With my qualifications, what kind of salary can I expect?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

ABteacher
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Sleepwalker



Joined: 02 Feb 2007
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Location: Reading the screen

PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apply to Sultan Qaboos University
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pooroldedgar



Joined: 07 Oct 2010
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The website says they're only hiring at TESOL Arabia. Can't apply online.
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MuscatGary



Joined: 03 Jun 2013
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Location: Oman

PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:34 am    Post subject: Re: Current info on working in Oman Reply with quote

ABteacher wrote:

Questions:
What are the benefits/drawbacks of direct hire vs. recruiter? Direct hire pay more but in my experience offer less support in terms of finding accommodation, settling in etc.

Is there a good recruiter out there anyone knows of? I worked for Hawthorn for two years and found them to be straightforward, paid on time, handled paperwork efficiently etc.

Names of good schools to work for? What level are you looking for?

With my qualifications, what kind of salary can I expect? Depends where you work, with the MOHE about 1500 OMR.
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veiledsentiments



Joined: 20 Feb 2003
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Location: USA

PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Current info on working in Oman Reply with quote

MuscatGary wrote:
ABteacher wrote:

Questions:
What are the benefits/drawbacks of direct hire vs. recruiter? Direct hire pay more but in my experience offer less support in terms of finding accommodation, settling in etc.

I doubt that there is any job in Oman where one gets more support from the employer than direct hire from SQU. Some of the smaller private colleges are also more or as supportive than any of the recruiters.

I suspect that MuscatGary's comment may be true of employers who do both direct and recruiter hiring?

VS
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MuscatGary



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was referring to the Ministry who offer far less support than some of the agents.
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Tazz



Joined: 26 Sep 2013
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only been here a short while-I'm an agency hire at one of the MOM colleges-but I am amazed that some of the staff who switched from agency to direct ministry hires during the summer vacation have only recently been paid! Shocked
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pooroldedgar



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the case here, too. A whole bunch of teachers switched over to Ministry and now there's a lot of talk about not being paid in 2, 3 months.

Someone always mentions not working any more until paychecks come, but that never seems to happen.

Not sure what the pros of switching to ministry are.
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MuscatGary



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pooroldedgar wrote:
Not sure what the pros of switching to ministry are.


More cash as there's no agent to take a cut, that's about it as far as I'm concerned.
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Sleepwalker



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone should go to the Ministry of Manpower
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Tazz



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone should go there and do what? Say what? Just another faceless government organization.....a chain of people following directives from above. There are many ways that the MOM colleges of Technology could be improved-but who is going to rock the boat? Wink
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