Why do teachers want to teach overseas?

Published on 9th January, 2017 by Gemma McSweeney. Published in For Candidates / TIC News

Teachers at the International Teacher Careers Day give their feedback

There are many different reasons why British teachers want to teach overseas. TIC Recruitment surveyed all the attendees at its recent International Careers Day in London. Over 60 qualified teachers considering moving to international schools attended a full day of presentations, interviews and consultations. Of those who responded to the survey, 54% of the teachers said they were considering teaching overseas for a new professional challenge, and 41% want international experience.

Only 20% listed change of lifestyle as a reason for considering international options, and even fewer (12%) said it was for improved salary.

One teacher, Izzet (surname withheld to ensure current job security) said the reasons were for “teaching in a changed environment where there are a lot of opportunities to develop.” And another teacher, Becky said for “innovative practice and freedom to try new ideas.”

It suggests that international schools are attracting more career-oriented teachers who are wishing to develop their teaching skills and experiences. “It’s excellent to see that so many teachers are considering international job opportunities for professional reasons rather than simply for financial or lifestyle choices,” said TIC Recruitment’s Managing Director, Andrew Wigford. “This is a real divergence from the old days when most people chose to teach internationally as a working holiday.”

To find out more about what international school jobs can offer you, register with TIC Recruitment today and check out our latest international school Vacancies. You can also read our Teacher Stories for a deeper insight into teaching overseas.

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Gemma McSweeney

Gemma is our Associate Director, having joined TIC in 2009. With over 15 years experience of recruitment and selection methods, she specialises in matching teachers and leaders with our international school partners. She has attended many international education conferences and has visited a number of international schools over the years. She uses this experience to best advise our teachers, leaders and schools and manage our team and UK operations.