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Testimonial: From Australia to Cambridge

19/09/17

Nathan is an Aussie teacher who has recently moved to Cambridge and decided to share his experience and tips.

 

After five years of Supply Teaching and temporary assignments in Australia I grew rather weary of not having my own classes. Further than that, I wanted to further my career knowing that the experience should reap rewards when I did want to return to my home country.

I chose Protocol Education having heard Mitchell Jones speak at my University. He was excellent. After doing some further research into Protocol, I realised that their profile in the UK was quite good and that the agency had offices in every major city. A plus when you don’t really want to pay the exorbitant rental prices that London offers.

The process of registration was very, very easy. So easy in fact that I finished the whole entire process within a week. The visa process was a wonderful experience as the British Government processed my application in less than a week. Bonus.

Since arriving, I am now working at a Sixth Form College teaching my first love – Religion, Ethics and Philosophy to A-Level students. Needless to say I am loving it. As I am on a part time contract I also do the odd bit of Supply Teaching at some of the local Schools. This offers a bit of variety and the wonderful experience of dealing with some of the younger students. An essential component of any Teacher’s skill set.

England is a cold country, a fair difference from the sunny Central Coast I used to call home. Even so, the country has many nice features including, Fish and Chips, plenty of diverse Pubs (if you enjoy a drink) and the odd Theatre in London for those with more discerning tastes in entertainment. I have also found a nice room in a house for only £470 a month, which is cheap compared with the rest of the UK.

My biggest piece of advice when shifting to England is two pieces of advice:

1. Bring plenty of Money. You’ll need at least $3,000 AUD to survive the first month.

2. Eat plenty of Garlic. It helps you to fight off the inevitable cold that can keep you off the work circuit. I have found this works especially over here in the cold and dreary parts of England.

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