Tess R, a British Secondary Geography teacher, shares her experience with anzuk Education throughout her transition to teaching in Melbourne, Australia. She shares advice and outlines some differences between the UK and Australian school systems.
1. What made you decide to move to Australia on a Working Holiday?
I’d always wanted to live in a different country and Australia wasn’t as scary as going somewhere the language was different. I’d met loads of people on my previous travels in South East Asia who’d done a working holiday and loved it. I had nothing keeping me in London and wanted to travel more, so moving to Australia felt like a great way to combine all these desires and the working holiday visa made it really easy.
2. How did you discover anzuk Education and how has your overall experience with us been so far?
I’d wanted to keep teaching in some form when I arrived in Australia but had gotten around to sorting or researching anything. An Australian colleague of mine tagged me in something anzuk related on Facebook and then I got a message from a member of the team and it went from there. I landed work through no planning or effort of my own, easy!
3. How are you enjoying teaching in Australia and how does it compare to teaching in the UK?
Coming from working in an all boys school in London where behaviour was often a challenge and funding was being cut left right and centre, schools in Australia couldn’t be more different. Working in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, I’ve found the culture in schools completely different to those of the UK. Teachers are well looked after in terms of pay, classroom resources, time release, sickness, technology and ultimately this more positive experience is felt by students and enables a much more cohesive and respected atmosphere in the classroom. Students attitudes towards school and teachers is vastly better, and with no Ofsted there really are no down sides to teaching in Australia.
4. What advice would you give other overseas candidates heading to Australia?
Absolutely do it before you’re too old! I still pinch myself every now and again that I’m actually in Australia living 5 minutes from a beautiful beach, doing the job I love on a much less stressful level for more money, travelling this great country and meeting people from all over the world!
How do I apply?
If you would like to follow Tess’s steps and take the plunge to teach overseas, contact our friendly consultants today! We are more than happy to support in your new adventure.