Thursday, September 4, 2008

Pros & Cons to Teaching in London, England

I heard today that the people who write lists are happier than people who don't. I have no proof of this, but hey, I'll go with it.

I'm writing a book called Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians and it's absorbing every bit of creative energy that I have. So, writing a list makes sense to me today.

I answer this question almost every day: "Why do Canadian teachers want to teach in London?"
So, here is the answer in a handy little list.

Pros to Teaching in London, England
  1. You will make new friends from around the world
  2. You'll work and live in one of the most dynamic cities in the world
  3. You earn pounds rather than dollars (so double your earnings!)
  4. You can start your teaching career or advance your career
  5. International experience looks good on your resume
  6. Inner city school experience looks even better on your resume
  7. You will have a social life outside of teaching
  8. Travel Europe during your 13 weeks of holiday/year
  9. Travel Africa (it's much closer to England than it is to Canada!)
  10. Speak with an “accent”
  11. There's so much to do in your free time (museums, art galleries, parks, pubs, events, music...)
  12. If you want to teach in inner city Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver or any other major Canadian city, then your resume will speak volumes.
Cons to teaching in London:
  1. Money will be tight when you first arrive (Canadian to pound exchange rate)
  2. You'll be away from your support network (friends, family)
  3. You won't know for certain what your job will be until you arrive
  4. You will likely have to supply teach before you get a full-time contract (this is also a pro depending on how you see it)
  5. The teaching itself is challenging, especially in your first year (the behaviours are more challenging than you would be used to in Canada in general)
  6. Everyone will tell you that London is too expensive (everyone but teachers that are actually living there that is!)

1 comment:

  1. Hello!!I am filipino and i am planning to teach probably in london,i am graduate in computer science and planning to teach a computer course may it elemenary or secondary or college.but i dont know where can i apply and find those teaching you have any where to start and where i could apply for teaching can email me at you and more power...


Thanks for sharing your two pence!


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