I’ve wanted to work overseas since I left Uni and started teaching, however there are some steps that I wanted to take first. In NZ we call at an OE (Overseas Experience).
Luckily I am a pretty good saver (when I’m not going through shopping phases).
I decided that I wanted to buy a house before I left so I spent a few years saving for that. I wanted to get a place because I want to be able to move into my own place when I get home. I’m going to rent it out in May so that I can start saving $.
I wanted to have some experience teaching. That way I can get a job easily. The more experience teaching the more people want to hire you! It was so hard actually getting a job when I left Uni. I got one a week before school let out for the holidays.
The reasons why I want to be an expat are:
– Meet new people (I don’t want to just hang out with Kiwis and Aussies – kind of defeats the purpose of going to work overseas).
– I would like to travel in Europe. It is so expensive to get flights from NZ to Europe so I decided that it’s better that I live over there for a while so that I can spend a good amount of time in the summer holidays traveling around!
– It will be a good way to advance my career. It can be hard advancing your career in teaching as the only step up is management (Syndicate leadership, Deputy or Associate Principal and Principal). I don’t want to be in management as I would prefer to be an ‘expert’ a.k.a. Professional Development leader. A lot of people I know who have come back from the UK or from International Schools have been seen as ‘experts’ and can get jobs being a PD leader.
– I just want to.
I have had a few people tell me I should wait until I’m older because I should be spending my twenties saving money. But, the problem with that is that if I wait until I’m older it will be harder to go what with insurance, children etc. Taking kids on holiday with you is expensive. I’m single, young and free. I want to spend my time before ‘settling down’ having fun traveling the world and being awesome!