It’s 5:20 am the morning of my Abu Dhabi Teaching Interview. In 10 minutes, I’m jumping into the black-with-faint-pin-stripes-skirt-suit that looks pretty good despite being one size too small. In 30 minutes I’ll be hopping onto an express bus bound for mid-town Manhattan where I will meet with the recruiter, submit a folder full of documents on USB and prepare to be interviewed. I have not had to interview for a job in over 10 years.
- I have 13 years of experience
- I love teaching
- I love children
- Children seem to love being in my class if they don’t allow their teen angst to get in the way
- This teaching abroad thing is probably going to be A LOT of work, so I really should just stay where I am
- But I really want a new experience
- And make sure my shirt buttons neatly across my chest at all times. I can’t find a safety pin.
My interview with California English Schools in China was really casual via Skype. The recruiter seemed to have every confidence that I could teach in China. However, moving my family there was going to be a challenge, the salary may be lower than expected and I should really research where I want to live before he starts searching for a school for me. Interesting. I’m keeping it on the back burner for a week or two.
Qatar is next week and I think it’s my #1 choice. Abu Dhabi has a lot of travel, sights and life-style to offer, but schooling my kids will be very pricey. Again, I don’t even have a job offer yet. What was I thinking, putting this all out there?
Wish me luck!