FAQs for Candidates

FAQs for Candidates

Preferred general characteristics of a competitive administrative candidate

Bachelor's degree, teaching diploma, or recognized equivalent from a reputable college or university.
Few, if any, schools will hire administrators unless they have completed a BA or BS degree or its equivalent.

A minimum of two years experience in an educational leadership position appropriate to your field of application.
Most school recruiters are looking for administrators who are currently doing what they will be expected to do overseas. Administrative positions are extremely competitive. The more administrative experience you have in the area you are seeking, the more competitive you will be.

Flexibility.
Candidates who are willing only to go to Europe, for example, greatly diminish their chances of securing a position. Candidates willing to go almost anywhere greatly improve their chances of securing a position.

If you do not meet all or some of these qualifications, we discourage you from applying as we think it will be difficult for you to secure an administrative position.

Preferred general characteristics of a competitive intern candidate

College or university senior or very recent graduate.
Intern positions are available for graduating seniors and recent college graduates who wish to spend an academic year working in an international school. Intern candidates may have teaching certification/qualifications and some teaching experience, one year or less, but most successful interns do not have such a background . Internships are paid positions (lower salaries than teachers) and usually have the same benefits given to teaching candidates, such as health insurance, round trip airfare and more. 

Strong academic record. In U.S. terms, a grade point average of at least 3.2 or higher, is preferred.

Experience working with children.
This could be through camp counseling, tutoring, teaching assistant and so forth. Although this is not mandatory, it will enhance your competitiveness.

Flexibility.
Candidates who are willing only to go to Europe, for example, greatly diminish their chances of securing a position. Candidates willing to go almost anywhere greatly improve their chances of securing a position


If you would like more information regarding intern positions, and/or whether you would be eligible to apply for intern positions, please contact our Intern Coordinator, Diana Kerry.

Preferred general characteristics of a competitive teaching candidate

Bachelor's degree, teaching diploma, or recognized equivalent, from a reputable college or university.
Few, if any, schools will hire teachers unless they have completed a BA or BS degree or its equivalent.

A minimum of two years recent, full-time teaching experience in a reputable school at primary or secondary level.

Most school recruiters are looking for teachers or administrators who are currently doing what they will be expected to do overseas. Some schools may waive (or possibly waive) the experience component, particularly in scarce subject areas, so long as the applicant has completed student teaching and is credentialed. Still, the more experienced a candidate is, the more competitive they will be.

Teaching certification/credential or qualification preferably from an English speaking country.
Approximately 60% of schools we work with state they will not hire a candidate without a teaching credential. Much of this is the result of host country restrictions in obtaining a VISA/working permit. While not all schools require a valid teaching credential, many do; thus, having a teaching credential will enhance your competitiveness.

Flexibility.
Candidates who are willing only to go to Europe, for example, greatly diminish their chances of securing a position. Candidates willing to go almost anywhere greatly improve their chances of securing a position.

If you do not meet all or some of these qualifications, you are more than welcome to contact a Senior Associate for more information or contact our Executive Administrative Assistant, Melinda Williams.

Additional factors which could hinder your ability to be a competitive candidate

Family Status.
Almost all schools will hire teaching couples and single teachers without dependents. However, international schools incur exceptional expenses,  such as airfares, shipping, relocation and, in most cases, housing provisions, when hiring personnel from abroad; therefore, the more dependents a teacher has, the more expensive the teacher becomes.

Generally, teaching couples with more than two dependents will find significantly fewer options, and beyond that, the odds of success diminish rapidly. Single teachers with a dependent child will find that budget considerations may make it more difficult to obtain an offer from most schools. Therefore, you may find that schools which interest you greatly will not consider your candidacy. Teaching candidates who have a "non-teaching spouse" and no dependents should be relatively competitive in most parts of the world. However, there are some schools which will not hire this category of teacher. If you have a "non-teaching spouse" and one or more dependents, your job search will be very challenging, and you may find fewer options available to you.

Age restrictions.

Search Associates does not discriminate based on age. However, we work with schools in almost 140 countries, and each country has its own laws and regulations concerning residence visas and work permits. As best we can determine, around 30% of the countries do not impose an age limit for issuing visas/work permits. Among those countries that do impose restrictions, the age is generally 65. The most common location for age limits is in the Arabian Gulf, where the restriction is 59 years of age. Once you have access to our database, you can easily see each school profile and determine whether or not schools have an age restriction based on the countries in which they are located.

We hope we have provided you with enough information to feel comfortable moving onward to complete your online application. However, please feel free to contact a Senior Associate in your area or our Executive Administrative Assistant, Melinda Williams, if you have any questions or need additional information.

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Since 1990, Search Associates has assisted over 32,000 educators to find jobs in international schools around the world.