Follow-up to session for Canadian PGDEs

Canadian flag blowing in the wind.

Hello, everyone,

As I write this, I’m looking forward to this afternoon’s session (- when you read it, we will already be finished). Here are some things I prepared for you with the help of my colleague, David Levinson, our International Careers Adviser . Please use the comments facility to ask questions, make comments, share information, etc. I will be updating this post based on your input from the session, emails and/or comments to the blog.

Many thanks to David for coming along to share his knowledge and insight into the UK visa system!

Career planning

Focus on the bull’s-eye (thanks to EM for the metaphor, advice and information).  You may want to travel , explore, teach internationally and do all sorts of other things – think about how these activities will help get you to the bull’s-eye.  Importantly, consider your personal time-scale and goals – the longer you spend outside of the target, the longer it will take you to reach the centre – but maybe that’s ok for you.

Remember the activities on the career planning model we looked (briefly) at: Understanding yourself, Exploring opportunities, Reviewing options & making choices, Thinking & planning ahead, Making applications & generating opportunities, Gaining experience.  What questions do you have or need to ask? What information do you need to help you make informed choices? Who or what can support you in these activities? Here are a few suggestions (in no particular order):

  • Your friends and family
  • Stay in touch with questions and comments via this blog
  • Talk to teacher colleagues and tutors in Scotland
  • Identify people in Canada who can help and start networking with them
  • We could start a network of Canadian Teachers trained in Scotland using the private groups function of LinkedIn to support you once you’ve graduated…?

Advice on networking

Cold-calling or email can be daunting – but support is at hand.  Remember that this is not about asking for a job-you’re asking for information, someone’s advice based on their experience.  Most people are happy help if they can.

You can find some basic advice for getting started and suggested questions on our website.

University of Edinburgh Transcript

GTCS Letter of Professional Standing

Teaching in Canada

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation-Federation canadienne des enseignantes et des enseignants has a great deal of helpful information on certification/registry in each province, advice on finding positions, employment, contracts, salaries and much more.

The Ontario College of Teachers publishes an interesting report on the early career experiences of teachers in the province.  Their website also contains everything you need to know about getting certified in Ontario.

For those of you thinking of going a little further afield to teach, here is some information related to my in-session example, teaching in the Northwest Territories (thanks to TA).

The home page of the Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association and how to get certified in the NWT. And you can find out more about what it’s like to live in the NWT here.

Education Canada Network – remember to keep your online application up to date.

Tailor your online application to the requirements of specific opportunities and redirect your application to a particular post. In addition to post an application online, send your resume package directly to the superintendent.  This accounts for the different selection processes and preferences of superintendents and makes sure you’ve ‘covered all the bases’.

Visa Information and Support

Getting started with information about working in the UK and visas

Teaching in the UK

Your ability to work in the UK (in any sector) after graduation and/or to achieve registration as a teacher in the UK will depend on your visa status.

The Education sector generally

Start with the general Education occupations section on the Careers Service website:

Scotland-information on the Flexible Route to registered teacher status and letters of professional standing for returning home


Teaching internationally

We have links with professionals who have agreed to be consulted by students and recent graduates about teaching internationally. This is a unique opportunity to find out much more than you will from printed information, but please remember: these people have agreed to act as career contacts, not recruitment contacts. NB: this database is only available on-campus.

Contacts teaching in international schools

Independent, international, alternative and faith schools

General information on working internationally

Finding work and volunteering opportunities while you are still in the UK

Anything else…?

Comment below!


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