"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken" – Oscar Wilde
I remember arriving home from the Protocol Information Session in July and knew that my heart was set on a UK teaching adventure. You never forget that optimistic feeling when you are certain a decision will revolutionize your life. It was the perfect time to advance my career and something that I couldn’t resist.
The big move to the England was the change that I desired and I could only imagine the pre-departure challenges. Let only those that I would face once I get into the classroom! I thought of the interview differences and finding accommodation. However, from three years of teaching new arrivals in Melbourne, I knew I had developed the skills set to tackle any curly questions in London with confidence.
I felt positive about answering questions, but I had no idea what to expect with online interviews. I hadn’t used Skype since I was an undergrad in university. What would happen if I pressed the wrong button?
Thankfully, the job interviews were far less stressful than I imagined. Protocol consultants arrived one hour before the interviews in case there were any Skype issues. I cannot convey how grateful I was for this support. Even though I didn’t end up needing them, it was incredibly reassuring to know they were there.
When the technology side of the interview was sorted, I found that I could relax and even enjoy the interviews. They say the best professional chats happen when you are given the opportunity to be yourself. There was one interview that I will treasure because I was so comfortable that I could not contain my laughter by the end of it.
It proved to be a winning anecdote when an interview finishes on a happy note. The school that I will be working at in London has an emu on campus. They had to ask me what animal would be my favoruite out of the unique assortment that they have. It goes without say that I chose the emu, but not for the reasons that they expected. I explained that an emu is a symbol of good leaner due to the fact they always go forwards and never backwards.
Once I secured a long-term contract, I was able to narrow down my search for where I wanted to live in South London. I wanted to get accommodation before leaving Australia, but I did not know that best place to begin. Would scrolling down websites be the way to go? I was relieved that Arrive Homes exists and I was able to obtain a property only 20 minutes from work.
Thank you Protocol for helping tick off all the boxes on pre-departure checklist. You have helped me find a school that I am suited to with people that don’t forget to have a little fun.