International School Employment

Evaluate how necessary it is to take up an international teaching job

Jobs for teaching English abroad are the most common, but you can also find other openings. To start the process, it is important that you take the time to think why you want that international school job. What makes it better than a local teaching job? Are you ready for the move and what effects might that have on your life? Traveling to take up a teaching position abroad is more suitable for single teachers compared to married ones who might end up leaving their families behind for extended periods of time. Before even starting your search for a job abroad, ensure that you are up for the challenge.

Find out how legit the job and the school is

The last thing you want is to travel only to find that the school is not what you expected. Find out as much as you can about the school and also the job in question before applying. The internet is a good place to look it up and from the reviews on directories and other sources you will be in a position to know how genuine the offer is and how competitive or good the school you are about to join us. Think also along school curriculum and how qualified you are or how possible it will be for you to teach probably in different curricula from what you are used to.

Evaluate the salary package

Most teachers choose to teach abroad because of the benefits they get in terms of the salary package. But even when looking at the salary offered for the position, it is very important that you consider the cost of living in the country or region you will be teaching in as well as the local taxes that directly affect your salary. Salary ranges for teachers vary from place to place and it is also important to remember that whereas some offer housing or utilities as part of the salary package, some may not offer such. Think about airfare, medical insurance, tuition for children you are tagging along, transport allowance and professional development training benefits. Make sure that the salary you are bound to get is indeed reasonable enough for the international move you make.

Have Job Experience

Most people jump right to the answer without taking their time to think things through and without having patience to ask questions, step by step in a systematic way to uncover their answers, solutions. Some people don’t take the time to acknowledge their own small victories and analyze the principles and causes behind them. This is because they don’t come from a source of influence. Thus, most people consider that if you write a book or work for a popular company and/or have a set of specific skills that is generally sought, then you have experience.

If you haven’t checked anything from this “popular list” accepted by society (like our blogger), then you have nothing to write about, neither in your biography nor in your resume. This makes the point that most people dismiss their everyday experiences as a source for learning. The irony is that people DO learn something new every day that has nothing to do with jobs or formal education because this is how the human brain works. However, they are not aware of it because they don’t take the time to ask themselves what the causes and principles are behind obvious actions, general happenings.

As a result, people just pick up the clues, what seems to work, the technique, the practice, the tactic and they accept it as a GENERAL valid solution. This means they expect to solve multiple similar problems with the same general valid solution that worked in past situations and experiences.

With this approach, sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don’t. Why? Because, indeed, job experience is an important factor for finding answers to current problems and it is a way to solve them only if the problem has the same pattern as your past problem that helped you get your experience.

The same pattern is when you get the same happenings in the same context, situation with the same factors involved.

We usually work within established systems which are called businesses or companies. This means that there are activities, tasks, responsibilities and processes that require repeated and predictable actions in order to perform. So in this case, you get it right because you know how to implement a specific tactic, practice or technique. And you do it over and over again because the job implies a relatively predictable cycle or pattern. For example, operational jobs, such as cashier: it is always about scanning products and cash in the money.

But when problems don’t have similar patterns, as your past ones, you get stuck. Why? Not necessarily because you don’t have enough experience, but because you didn’t examine the systematic way in which the old and familiar patterns occur and neither how you solve them. So, when a new and unknown problem pattern occurs, your whole experience doesn’t help you when you apply it with instinct (jump to solving them) and you get stuck because you don’t have the EXPERIENCE of analysing patterns. This means having the ability of finding the causes behind problems and the principles behind things that work.

That is why experience perceived as skills is not enough when it comes to getting a job. That is why employers need to “examine” you during interviews. They need to know how you think, who the person is behind the skills and results written in a resume.

If you get the ability of identifying the principles and the causes behind every situation, then you are able to adjust, twist the technique, the tactic that you applied previously in a similar job.

Get the Promotion You Deserve

Wait for the Right Time

While your amount of time with the company should not be the only determining factor, it is important to realize it may play a part in whether your employer feels that you deserve a promotion. According to a recent article only 6.4 percent of employees get a promotion during their first year at a job. This number increases to 22 percent for those in their third year with a company. While this does not mean that you cannot ask for a promotion in your first or second year with a company, it is important for you to do a self-evaluation. Have you contributed enough to the company to deserve a promotion?

At times, it may be worth waiting another year or even just a few more months before attempting to get a promotion. It is also important to note that summer is viewed as the best time to ask for a promotion, which is great for many people who build houses or otherwise work outdoors. Summer is often their busiest season.

Approach the Issue Directly

It might be a bit intimidating to think of approaching your boss and asking for a promotion, but that is the best way to determine if your boss is willing to consider giving you a promotion. Depending on your relationship with your boss, this can be done in a formal setting, where you request a meeting or it can be done in a casual setting where you mention that you feel that you deserve a promotion.

Follow Up

After you have mentioned the promotion, it is important to follow up. Send your boss an email. Mention it again a week or so later. Bring it into conversations when you can. Even if there is not currently a position available, make your desires clear. While you should not be annoying, it is important to be persistent. You may not get the promotion right away, but if you don’t give up, you are more likely to eventually be considered for a promotion.

Have the Why Ready

When asking for a promotion, it is important to have facts, statistics, or other information to justify asking for one. To prepare to ask for a promotion, do things that show that you deserve it. This may include taking on larger projects, taking on more responsibility, or otherwise contributing to the company on a higher scale. Just be careful not to overstep your responsibilities or appear too eager for the promotion. Becoming a brown-noser or trying to take over your supervisor’s responsibilities are two of the biggest mistakes people make when they are trying to get a promotion. Instead, do your job to the best of your ability, and be willing to show why you are the best choice for the promotion.

Growing Careers

Registered Nurse

A leader in the overall expansion of health care careers. Job growth will be driven by several factors including the increase in the number of older people, who need more nursing care than younger people. Technological advances in patient care and an increasing emphasis on preventive care will also contribute to increased opportunities for registered nurses.

Home Health Aid

The anticipated growth is due to the increase in percentage and numbers of elderly people. Seniors more often have health problems and may require assistance with daily activities. As costs of institutional care continue to rise, increasing number of seniors will be living at home and will require assistance.

Customer Service Representative

Over the next decade, the government expects this sizable occupation sector to create about 400,000 new jobs. As we move into a service-based economy, companies are placing increasing emphasis on creating lasting customer relationships.

Food and Beverage Preparation and Serving

As the population continues to expand, the job segment of food and beverage serving and related workers is expected to create about 761,000 new jobs over the period 2008-2018.

Personal and Home Care Aide

As part of the overall growth of healthcare careers, healthcare workers at all levels of training and education will continue to be in demand. Specialized training, such as a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree in a healthcare program, is a requirement for many jobs, including many administrative jobs that do not specifically include hands-on medical responsibilities.

Retail Salespersons

While very little training is needed to get a job as a retail clerk (many students get their first paying summer jobs behind the counter at a retail store), post-secondary school education is often a required for advancement into management positions.

In this growing job sector, the best opportunities will go to people who have a college degree or career training in office systems. As offices become increasingly computer-dependent, post-secondary training or retraining will be increasingly important.

Office Clerks (Administrative Assistants)

Accountants and Auditors

According to the U.S. Government, in the decade between 2008 and 2018 employment of accountants and auditors is expected to add about 279,400 of new jobs. An increase in the number of new small businesses, increased accountability requirements, and changing financial laws and corporate governance regulations will spur job growth.

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, Attendants

Employment is predicted to grow 19 percent, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Why? The increase in jobs is the result of an increasing elderly population with long-term care needs. Growth is expected to be especially strong in community care facilities for the elderly. Advanced medical technology provides for longer lives, but with an increased level of care required.

Post-secondary Teachers

Increases in college and university enrollment over the next decade will spur employment growth. Enrollment increases will come from 18- to 24-year-olds and adults who return to college to update their skills or enhance their career prospects.

Succeed in a Job Interview

You thought you had done all the hard work , but now you need to prepare for the most important job interview in your life. This is when the hard work really starts. How to succeed in a job interview. You will need to use the PROP Method for that all important Job interview.

The PROP method is:

P – Prepare
R – Research
O- Organise
P – Practice

I am going to concentrate on the practice part of your interview today. Many people start to panic at the thought of a job interview.

Please remember

  • They have invited you in for the job interview
  • They need someone to fill their job vacancy
  • They think you may well be the right person for the job

How good must this make you feel?

You have beaten all those other candidates to get the job interview and with this in mind you need to impress them.

What’s the best way? How to succeed in a job interview

After going through P.R.O.P  the last thing to do on your list is Practise, Practise, Practise.

One of the most effective methods that I have found is an online interview training course.

This consists of

  • Interactive Mock job Interviews to perfect your answering skills.
  • Expert Sample job interview answers to help you answer with 100% confidence.
  • A series of Video Practice Interviews to show you what to do in your interview.
  • Video, Audio and Animation to make your learning experience fun and stimulating.
  • Competency and Behavioural job interview questions specific to the job and level you are interviewing for.

This interview training course will really help. Not only will it give you confidence when you go to your job interview, it will help you decipher which questions they will ask you.

The Questions will be customized for your particular job expertise. They have targeted job interview questions that have been used before so it will save you time and will get you great results. Good Luck with your job interview and remember they do want to employ you.

Women in Career and Business

Smaller Gender Pay Gap

For years, women fought hard to receive equal pay with their male counterparts. At last, we are almost done in closing the gender pay gap as one survey conducted by the CONSAD Research Corporation for the Department of Labor concludes that when occupation differences, hours worked, education and tenure is accounted for, the hourly wage gap of male and female employees is “between 4.8 to 7.1%”, closer than it was in 10 years ago.

More Women Pursuing Traditionally Male Dominated Jobs

In Obama’s recent state address, he mentioned a 23-cent pay gap between female and male workers but much of that pay gap exists because of chosen college degrees and line of work. Remove that and the gap goes down to almost 5%.

Women choose caring and people-oriented professions, while men choose science, technology and construction related jobs-the median incomes of these jobs vary from $39,000 to 120,000 respectively. But now more women are taking jobs in male dominated industries. In fact, there’s a growing number of private and government sponsored programs encouraging more women to explore these fields.

The likes of Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Sarfra Catz, CFO of Oracle, and Phebe Novakovic, CEO of defense company General Dynamics are paving the way for our sisters to join their ranks and break the male domination in these groups.

More Women (Contrary to Popular Belief) are Negotiating for Higher Pay

The 2012 study of the National Bureau of Academic Research found that when it’s evident that salary negotiations are welcomed, women are more likely to negotiate compared to male applicants.

And there’s more evidence to back this up. TribeHR analyzed the salary at 2200 companies and found out that of 20,000 employees surveyed; only 6.2% of male respondents got an increase while 7.4% of the women were successful.

More Laws are Getting Passed to Promote Equal Pay and Opportunity for Women

In 2009, Obama enacted the Lily Ledbe-er Fair Pay Act, which allows female employees to file a case against employers for pay-discrimination even after the 180-day statute of limitation passes. So if you discover a male counterpart is earning more than you are, know that there are more equal opportunity laws on your side-and more women’s right lawyers are available to help you win a case.

More Equal AND High Paying job Opportunities Available for Women

Last year, Forbes listed some of the highest and equal paying jobs for women, such as:

  • Pharmacist-Women in this industry earn a median of about $98,000 annually, 100% equal to men in the industry.
  • IT and Computer Science Jobs- We live in the age of tech, and as such people with a knack for coding, analysis and software development are in high demand. Jobs such as information systems manager, software developer, computer systems analysts and programmers are no longer limited to men, as women entering the field are getting fiercer, matching them in the salary and techy-talk department.