Move on to prosper

2nd February 2007 at 00:00
Selena Fisk, a 24-year-old Australian teacher, stepped off a plane in London a month ago and walked straight into a temporary job teaching sports and citizenship at Prospect college in Reading.

In the summer the Queenslander will board another flight to travel around Europe, then come back to England to look for another job.

She is paid pound;650 a week through a recruitment agency and is confident that she could walk out of the Reading job, if she wanted to, and find another job paying more the next day.

"You're always told at home that it's so easy to get a job, being Australian over here. People love us," she said. "If I wanted to leave next week, I would have every confidence that I'd get a job anywhere else."

While she was enjoying her job at Prospect college and keen to serve out her fixed-term contract, her Australian friends in Britain had no long-term commitment to English education, and were happy to chop and change between agencies and jobs.

"Everybody negotiates all the time to raise their pay. If it's not good enough, they're willing to move on. It's pretty well-known that you can get what you want, if you work hard enough."

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now