It’s an exciting time of the year at Teach Away. Plenty of interview sessions for positions beginning this summer are wrapping up, and schools overseas are weighing their hiring options. In turn, successful Teach Away applicants will be officially offered education positions abroad.
In the case you’re a successful Teach Away candidate, there are some essential to-dos when you’re extended a job offer. In some cases, you may even be offered more than one position, so even though you may have a preconceived idea of where you want to live and teach, it will still be important to be thorough in considering each opportunity to make sure you’re making the right decision. Here are our job offer to-dos:
Be excited. Getting word that you’ve officially been extended an offer to pursue a new career opportunity makes for a thrilling day. Soak it in and be relieved that all of your hard work has paid off, but make sure the offer is what you were expecting. Confirm that the offer’s details are in line with your career goals as well as the information you were given through the application process.
Review the offer letter with a fine-toothed comb. Prior to signing anything, be thorough in checking over every section of your offer letter from salary to details about contract termination. You’ll want to make sure there are no surprises and that you understand the finer details of your potential employment term. See our Contracts 101 resource for more on what should be included in your offer letter and contract.
Contact your Teach Away placement coordinator. You may have some questions or concerns to address after receiving your offer and having a look at the contract. Your PC is the best person to be in touch with. He or she is familiar not only with the Teach Away hiring process, but with the hiring organization as well. Keep in mind that Teach Away PCs are teachers who have been in your shoes – they’ve taught overseas themselves and will be happy to chat about the wonderful world of teaching abroad with you.
Celebrate! I won’t tell you how to do this one, but make sure you give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy the experience. Congratulations, you deserve it.