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kutereba



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:16 am    Post subject: After Returning from Teaching Abroad Reply with quote

Hi,

My partner and I wanted to go teaching in Taiwan for 12 months but he is now getting worried as he is currently training to be an art teacher and is worried if he leaves after only teaching Art for 1 year he will struggle to get a job when he returns to the UK. Advice he has received from someone on his course used the phrase 'career suicide.' Does anyone have any experience of similar situations?

cheers
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Sally Olsen



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Location: Canada,France, Brazil, Japan, Mongolia, Greenland, Canada, Mongolia, Ethiopia next

PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you come back, no. Your opportunities will be greater.
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alexcase



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I disagree with Sally. A year or two abroad is a great experience, but it will almost certainly set back your career in the UK. That is the choice you have to make. The days of employers being impressed by people living abroad are long gone.

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Sally Olsen



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends what you do when you are abroad. My colleague mounted an art show, taught art classes for adults after school, helped at the national gallery, made good friends and contacts abroad and was valued when he returned for what he had done.
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