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Erin's Testimonial: Say 'YES' To Opportunities That Come Your Way, No Regrets!

05/03/19

• What made you decide to teach in England?

I studied in England at the University of East Anglia and fell in love with this country, I felt like this was home to me. As soon as I returned in June 2018 I set to finding a way back once I’d completed my degree! I always enjoyed being a TA part time in the past and this seemed like a great opportunity, so I went for it!

• Why did you choose Protocol Education as your agency?

My mum works at a high school in the office and she receives heaps of emails from different companies. She knew I was looking to come back to England as a TA and she sent a protocol email through to me. I went on and got in contact with Protocol regarding an information session in my home town. I went along and really enjoyed what Sam had to say about the company. When the meeting wrapped up I went straight on to sign up with Sam as I wanted to get over here as quickly as possible!

• How did you find the process of registering in Australia?

It was so simple to register. Sam was a huge help to me and was always prompt in replying to my emails, as I had many questions! Once the meeting was over, Sam was in contact with me quickly to get the process underway. On my end I had to get DBS form as well as a British passport (my Dad is from the UK), but even with this Sam was a big help!

• What are the biggest differences you have found between teaching in England and teaching in Australia?

In Australia I was just doing TA work. Over here I have been able to extend and work as a cover supervisor on occasion, which I really love! The students are pretty similar on both sides, as are the co-workers.

• Tell us 3 things you enjoy most about living in England?

The people are lovely and so welcoming, the travel opportunities both within the UK and on the continent are so amazing and affordable, and of course the weather (joking!)… Just the general vibe of England fits me really well, I love it here!

• Any travel tips or advice to teachers planning to making the move?

Pack warm! Also, don’t be afraid as it is a big deal to emigrate, just take each day as it comes and say yes to the opportunities that come your way, no regrets! It is still a foreign country and things are different here despite the language and culture similarities, take your time to acclimatise

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