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Age Limits for Being Hired in the ME in 2012-2013

 
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JoeRomano



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:53 pm    Post subject: Age Limits for Being Hired in the ME in 2012-2013 Reply with quote

I know this topic has been touched on before but things change yearly and visa policies change as well. I am 52 now and am going to be 53 next year so I would like to plan out my career for the next couple of years. When I was 40, I was not worried much about the age thing, but now I am seeing more and more ads that stipulate age under 45 and age under 50.

Anyway, what is the scoop? Can someone tell me what is/will be happening this decade?
When I was in Saudi in 2008 and in Oman in 2009 I saw quite a few people who were over 55/60 and were teaching and running departments, etc. And at the same time I hear that people should not apply after 55. Does not add up.

Thus, I would like to know how it is in each country based on your and your colleagues' experience. If you are there now, please share. Inquiring middle aged minds want to know.
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cmp45



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can only speak about Saudi Arabia. I believe the average cut off point is still at/around 55 yrs. Of course qualifications and experience will be a factor as well. ...once you get in, you would be safe to teach as long as you maintained an adequate level of competence which means,...well in to your 60s. maybe even your 70s??? Of course it all depends on the individual insitution's policies which may vary from place to place...some are quite strict where as some are more flexible. It is hard to know for certain unless you actually apply/ inquire directly to the HR of the institution.

If you are looking for work in KSA, I would apply sooner than later... after 55yrs your ship may very well have sailed, but having said that...if you have 'connections' and /or great communication skills and a stellar CV, you still might stand a chance after 55yrs. It's my belief that the Gulf region in general still respects older teachers more so than in other regions of the world.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ceiling at 60 - interpreted in different ways. Best to get in BEFORE that magic nuumber hits you.
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HornAfrique



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Conversely I'd like to know if young age can be a benefit in landing interviews? I am 23 years old and a prospective Masters of Applied Linguistics student here in Canada and have been eyeing the M.E. when I am done with my degree. I've spent a lot of time lurking the forum and gathering as much information as possible so I've tried to avoid starting a general thread that could be answered with information already at hand.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HornAfrique:

You didn't say what your BA major is nor how much teaching experience you have, but given your young age, I assume you presently have little to no TEFL experience under your belt. Since the better employers in this region (the Gulf) give preference to MA holders with several years of post-grad experience, Asia is a more realistic region for you in terms of gaining a few years of teaching once you complete your degree.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When recruiting I would not be happy hiring those under the age of 30.
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