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SandyG20



Joined: 12 Sep 2007
Posts: 208

PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:16 pm    Post subject: Ageism Reply with quote

I see alot of posts recently about old codgers and other terminology about over 40 age applicants applying for teaching jobs overseas.

Given the declining birthrate and there being fewer age 20 somethings to apply for jobs - you would think that employers would be eager to hire workers over 40.

We have more life experience, more work history, in many cases more education, often higher work ethic and want to stick around for more than 1 year and party for the year we are there.

I see the ageism thing existing within the United States as well.

So where is a good place for someone over 40 (or 50) to apply for work overseas?
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MO39



Joined: 28 Jan 2004
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Location: El ombligo de la República Mexicana

PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mexico is a place where being older is not a problem, at least I haven't run into any while job hunting, and I'm soon to turn 63 (can't quite believe it myself!). I've heard some schools here do have upper age limits, but this is not usually the case.
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TheLongWayHome



Joined: 07 Jun 2006
Posts: 1016
Location: San Luis Piojosi

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MO39 wrote:
Mexico is a place where being older is not a problem,

The chain schools usually don't hire anyone over 40 - they don't say this but I saw it at a recent interview. Age doesn't seem to be a problem at unis and private language schools here.
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sweeney66



Joined: 26 Mar 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which is fine because over 40 who wants to work at a chain school anyway? I've seen many ads here that specify age, appearance, and even one which specified a dress size! My jaw was still hanging when I realized that they had saved me good deal of trouble. Now, in the US, I started hearing "overqualified" (i.e. "too old") while still in my 30's!
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jwbhomer



Joined: 14 Dec 2003
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Location: CANADA

PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

China is fine if you're over 40 and under 60. The Chinese still seem to have some respect for the wisdom of the elders. Over 60s are occasionally hired, but I know one over-60 who was turned down by Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai because "we wouldn't be able to get insurance for you".
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