International Teaching jobs Canada

New Canadian teachers head abroad amid tight job market

Gord DavisonNewly qualified Canadian teachers frustrated with the over-saturated teaching market in many major Canadian cities are setting their sights on international schools abroad, where they say professional and personal benefits far outweigh those back home.

"The Canadians I'm meeting abroad are pretty solid teachers, " says Jay Goodman, a 31-year-old high school teacher who is in his fourth year of international teaching. "They're young, excited, passionate teachers who just haven't been able to work with the system the way it is at home."

1st year teachers mostly unemployed, underemployed

After Goodman graduated from teachers' college in 2006, he luckily fell into nearly four years of contract work in Mississauga, Ont., filling in during maternity leaves before being squeezed out into the international school market.

'I had given up looking for a teaching job after eight months of pounding the pavement. My life was literally at a standstill.'— Gordon Davison, high-school teacher

"It was just like pregnancy to pregnancy, praying that people at the school would keep getting pregnant so that I could keep having a job, " he says. "Eventually, that ran out."

During those years of contract employment, Goodman searched for permanent work in Toronto, but was unable to land a coveted classroom teaching position.

In 2012, more than one in three Ontario teachers who graduated the previous year and applied for teaching jobs were unemployed, according to a survey by the Ontario College of Teachers. Meanwhile, only one in three teachers who managed to secure employment worked as much as they wanted to.

A teacher candidate's marketability

A more marketable teacher candidate will have an easier time finding a job, even in a tough job market, says Elspeth Morgan, the co-ordinator of the faculty of educations's education career services at Queen's University.

Marketability depends on:

  • What the person is qualified to teach, with certain subject areas (such as French and high-school sciences) more in demand.
  • Where the person is willing to work, with more jobs cropping up in areas with high employment, such as near Alberta's oil industry communities.
  • How well they can communicate their skills in a cover letter and resumé.
  • How well they can communicate their skills at an interview.
  • What someone's references have to say about them.

Gordon Davison, a 33-year-old high school teacher, struggled to find work in this small, competitive market. He applied to several Ontario schools and school boards — even snagging one, ultimately unsuccessful, interview.

Davison started working as a bartender and server in Bowmanville, Ont., and eventually moved back in with his mother.

Hearst Magazines HGTV Magazine (1-year)
Magazine (Hearst Magazines)

Noam Chomsky In India

by and911

September 11th and Its Aftermath: Where is the World Heading?
Noam Chomsky
Public Lecture at the Music Academy, Chennai (Madras), India: November 10, 2001
Presented by Frontline magazine and the Media Development Foundation and supported by 22 representative organizations
(As he takes his position at the lectern in an overflowing auditorium, Noam Chomsky is greeted in traditional South Indian style, with a ponnadai, a brocade shawl, to audience applause.)
Oh, what’s going to make it stay on? [Told he is free to take it off]: It’s going to fall in one minute, so I might as well take it off [audience laughter]. Thank you.
A few years ago, one of the great figures of contemporary biology, Ernst Mayr of Harvard published some reflections on the search for...

Christopher Paul Neil, Swirl Face, Jailed For Breaking Conditions  — Huffington Post Canada
Neil's criminal history, based on his overseas convictions, dates back a decade when he apparently went abroad because he couldn't find work in Canada.

The Decor Collection Unique 72" High LEANING LADDER STYLE MAGAZINE / BOOK SHELF on Black Finish
Home (The Decor Collection)
  • Some assembly may be required. Please see product details.
Canadian Home Publishers House and Home - Canada
Magazine (Canadian Home Publishers)
Century Home, Canada's Magazine for Today's Traditional Home, April 1992
Book (Century Home)
Reader's Digest Association Taste of Home (1-year auto-renewal)
Magazine (Reader's Digest Association)
Related Posts