Why iday? Attendees perspectives

James Cooper
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Supporting teachers with their move over to the UK is something we’ve spent 7 years mastering, we understand relocating comes with a lot of questions.

We believe that the best way to find a new job in a new country is to interview with headteachers and decision makers face to face, visit prospective schools and take a lesson, too. That’s why international teachers benefit so much from iday.

The week is all planned out for you, so all you need to do is bring your enthusiasm.

One of the reasons iday is so beneficial for international teachers is that we prepare them for interviews, we really aim to remove the pressure and stress from the whole experience so you can focus on having meaningful conversations with prospective employers. Interview prep is key, as Aoise from Ireland understood… “the iday alone gave me such an invaluable experience. Having just completed teacher training, I had no idea how to act in a teaching interview”.

For newly-qualified teachers, we understand how stressful the prospect of finding a job is, let alone in a new country! Day one of iday is focused around interviewing, and the rest of the trip is spent in UK schools doing what you love – teaching and learning. Ellis particularly enjoyed this, ‘following on from the interviews, I was fortunate enough to get called back to my top two schools where on the Wednesday and Thursday I got to go out and visit the schools, meet the staff and teach a lesson.”

Interviewing is a great skill and a tough one to crack. Sarah flew over from Australia for iday, she received positive feedback from her interviews and was offered a full-time role. “As an NQT, the challenge of looking for a job and attending interviews was daunting, but with the help of Engage Education a lot of stress and pressure was removed because of their commitment to helping you prepare for interviews.”

We recognise how important professional development is for teachers, this is why we incorporate it into our iday event, we want to make it an overall valuable experience for everyone who takes part. It’s all about you – we want to make sure you’re prepared enough to take the role you actually want. “When looking online for teaching opportunities, it’s difficult to get a sense of what the school is really like. Getting the chance to talk to teachers and principals from different schools face to face was a great experience”.

“iday was an incredibly worthwhile opportunity for professional development. I interviewed face ­to­ face with six principals in one day, which resulted in two invitations to visit schools and one perfect job offer! iday was very organized, and the Engage staff were so positive and supportive.” – Kelly, Canada

It was great to get to meet so many new people which will also be working in the UK in the coming months. I found the few days not to be stressful at all to my surprise. – Karen, Ireland

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