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Should I move back to the UK?

Old Jul 25th 2020, 10:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Zeppo595 View Post
I went back last time for about 6 weeks in 2017. I was also there in 2016 in the summer and maybe the Christmas of 2014 as well.

I don't intend to be a highschool teacher in the UK. I would use the PGCE to work in international schools abroad, if I did that.
Ah ok, then in that case I don't think you have a lot to lose from doing a PGCE, assuming the kind of roles you would want are available at the end of it. I know a lot of SE Asian countries that are heavily linked with the UK education system like Singapore and Malaysia hire British educated teachers. All the people I know who have done a PGCE have followed the usual British teaching education track though.

But ultimately it does have to be your decision obviously.
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Old Jul 25th 2020, 10:14 pm
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Why are you getting your NPA fingerprint record now btw? I wouldn't have thought you'd need it until right at the end of the process. Did the IRCC ask you for them?
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Old Jul 25th 2020, 10:21 pm
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Ah ok, then in that case I don't think you have a lot to lose from doing a PGCE, assuming the kind of roles you would want are available at the end of it. I know a lot of SE Asian countries that are heavily linked with the UK education system like Singapore and Malaysia hire British educated teachers. All the people I know who have done a PGCE have followed the usual British teaching education track though.

But ultimately it does have to be your decision obviously.
From what I have read, the PGCE opens more doors than a masters degree is TESOL. And of course it does give you something you might be able to use later in life if you decide to go back to the UK.

I haven't decided yet, and finances will play a huge role in my ultimate decision, as well as the unpredictability of life itself.

I taught eikaiwa for many years and feel I could fit back into that work like a glove. My time teaching in Canada has made me appreciate that even many of the 'worst' teaching jobs in Japan provide you with a better quality of life overall than most ESL gigs in Canada. I didn't like many aspects of that work, and the feeling of it being the same forever and never climbing out of it was horrifying to me at the time. But life in Toronto put me down the ladder into mere survival mode, which makes the problems of a 'boring but safe' kind of job seem ridiculous in comparison.

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Old Jul 25th 2020, 10:22 pm
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Why are you getting your NPA fingerprint record now btw? I wouldn't have thought you'd need it until right at the end of the process. Did the IRCC ask you for them?
They ask for police checks for every country you've lived in. Yeah, I was asked for it as part of the application. I actually have a problem of sweating hands which means it's very likely my fingerprints will not be accepted.
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Old Jul 25th 2020, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Zeppo595 View Post
From what I have read, the PGCE opens more doors than a masters degree is TESOL. And of course it does give you something you might be able to use later in life if you decide to go back to the UK.

I haven't decided yet, and finances will play a huge role in my ultimate decision, as well as the unpredictability of life itself.

I taught eikaiwa for many years and feel I could fit back into that work like a glove. My time teaching in Canada has made me appreciate that even many of the 'worst' teaching jobs in Japan provide you with a better quality of life overall than most ESL gigs in Canada. I didn't like many aspects of that work, and the feeling of it being the same forever and never climbing out of it was horrifying to me at the time. But life in Toronto put me down the ladder into mere survival mode, which makes the problems of a 'boring but safe' kind of job seem ridiculous in comparison.
​​​​​​Yeah I have to agree with the other poster in this thread that your working life in Canada does not sound like it's been fun or even acceptable really, especially if you've had to live quite close to the breadline. I'm not sure why you would want to sign yourself up for more of that really.
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