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    Kendell, Nick January 3 - 6, 2015

    Fair Organizer:
    Nick Kendell

    January 3 - 6, 2015


    Fair Organizer: Nick Kendell


    Thank you to all those who attended the 2014 Melbourne Fair. We loved meeting such passionate and adventurous teachers and recruiters. Almost 60% of candidates in attendance at the fair have accepted offers. This means that for the third year in a row, the Australian/NZ fair has proven to have the best placement ratio of all Search Associates Fairs.

    “A thoroughly inspiring and educational experience.”

    “School presentations gave us excellent insights into schools and the reality of working internationally.”

    “We were really glad we signed up with search associates- it gave us job openings and insights,  as well as the fair- really good contacts for now and the future.”

    “The work and organisation that has gone into this fair is amazing. Everything ran so smoothly and people were so friendly and helpful. It has been a terrific experience.”

    “This has been enlightening, exhausting and exciting. It was a real education! I have found and made great connections to launch me on my next life adventure!”

    “Nothing can prepare you for the extreme roller-coaster ride that happens at a Search fair!”

    “A really well organized fair. I met a lot of lovely people and exchanged lots of email addresses.”

    “I had a wonderful experience at the Search Fair. As an experienced international teacher with a non- teaching spouse and two children, I was happy to gain such wonderful interviews and interest.”

    “A brilliant experience and great support from Search Associates at each step.”

    “The school presentations were really useful. In the end this was what made the difference for us in following up a school we initially didn’t target.”

    “This was such a valuable experience.  I did not know what to expect when I first signed up, however I had a good recommendation from a friend who is teaching in Berlin because of Search Associates. Once a candidate, I had no idea how easy and accessible the site really was. I had schools emailIng me through finding me on the Search Associates website and had a Skype interview before attending a job fair."

    "The Melbourne Job fair gave me opportunities to meet and network with people from all over the world. I made friends and connections with principals that I hope to work with at some point in my travels."

    "I am a little nervous as this is my first time working overseas, however Nick and the team have been a great support through the process. Thank you also to Paula for your gentle approach to ensure people felt welcome and relaxed at the job fair.  Nick & Paula make an incredible team and I am looking forward to sharing all the adventures when I am overseas."

    "I would recommend Search Associates to anyone who  wanted to teach overseas!"

    "Thanks Nick, Paula and the rest of the Search Associates crew for all your assistance throughout our first fair. It was intense and challenging, but also rewarding and fun. We were so grateful to be able to get your thoughts and opinions over the 4 days and we are really looking forward to the exciting adventure ahead of us. It was great to have your support throughout the entire process. We will definitely be back to another fair sometime down the track."

    "Search Associates have been amazing from start to finish! Thanks Nick and Paula for all your help, advice and patience. "

    "It has been a pleasure working with Search Associates, Nick and Paula in my International School job search. I would definitely recommend them to any prospective candidates."

    "Extremely happy with school choice and the professional service from Nick & Paula from Search."

    "Thank you. We are heading to a great school so we can't thank you enough for helping us through the whole process. We really couldn't have asked for anything more."

    The Langham, One Southgate Ave, Melbourne

    Melbourne 3 - 6 January 2015.  

    Saturday 3rd January

    ·      9:00 p.m. till 1:00 p.m. Candidate Registration. (Pre-function area).

    ·      11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   COMPULSORY Candidate Meeting in the Clarendon Ballroom.

    ·      12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Introduction to the IB programmes – OPTIONAL. See below -


    12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m. PYP - Recommended for Primary Teachers, presented by Nick Kendell.

    12:50 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. MYP/IB Diploma- Recommended for Middle School and High School Teachers, presented by Diedre Fischer (former Director of a number of International Schools)

    $15 per 40-minute session, (including GST) in the Clarendon Ballroom.

    ·      1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. - School presentations  (4 running simultaneously). These will be listed on our Fair page towards the end of 2014.

    ·      5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. SCI Group presentation (free). Gavin Snook and partners will be presenting information on financial planning and tax implications for local teachers moving overseas. (Highly recommended).

    Sunday 4th January

    ·      8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Candidate Registration continues in the Pre-function area.   

    ·      8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. School presentations  (4 running simultaneously).

    ·      1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sign- ups with Schools for Interviews in Clarendon Ballroom, Pre-function area and Swanston Rooms.

    ·      3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interviews as arranged during sign-ups. 

    Monday 5th January

    ·      Interviews as arranged.

    ·      7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Social Function for Candidates & Recruiters at the Langham Hotel (Clarendon Ballroom).   Proudly sponsored by Search Associates.

    Tuesday 6th January

    · Interviews as arranged. You are free to leave as soon as your interviews are finished.

    · Before you leave the fair please collect your hanging file from the mailbox and bring it to a Search Associates staff member. ALSO, hand your evaluation form and have a quick debrief on your experience.

    This past list has been posted to give teachers who may be considering coming to the Melbourne fair, an idea of the variety of schools who attended in 2014. Invitations will not be sent to schools until August when the new school year is beginning. We anticipate that many of the schools below will return as they value our local teachers highly. However, we will not know definitely until later in the year.

    Bangladesh International School Dhaka
    Cambodia International School of Phnom Penh
    Cambodia Jay Pritzker Academy
    China Alcanta International College, Guangzhou
    China American International School of Guangzhou
    China International School of Beijing
    China International School of Tianjin
    China Nanjing International School
    China Shekou International School
    China Suzhou Singapore International School
    China Xiamen International School
    China/Hong Kong Chinese International School
    China/Hong Kong Discovery College
    China/Hong Kong The Independent Schools Foundation Academy
    China/Hong Kong Victoria Educational Organisation
    Denmark Esbjerg International School
    Egypt Cairo American College
    Germany Bavarian International School e.V.
    India American School of Bombay
    India Stonehill International School, Bangalore
    Indonesia Jakarta International School
    Indonesia Sekolah Ciputra, Surabaya
    Japan International School of Asia, Karuizawa
    Jordan The International Academy - Amman
    Korea Branksome Hall Asia
    Korea Gyeonggi Suwon International School
    Korea Seoul Foreign School
    Kuwait Al-Bayan International School
    Malaysia International School of Kuala Lumpur
    Qatar Awsaj Academy
    Qatar Qatar Academy Sidra
    Qatar Qatar Academy, Doha
    Saudi Arabia British International School Jeddah
    Saudi Arabia International Schools Group
    Singapore Chatsworth International School - Singapore
    Singapore GEMS World Academy - Singapore
    South Africa American International School of Johannesburg
    United Arab Emirates Ajman Academy
    United Arab Emirates Greenfield Community School, Dubai
    United Arab Emirates Raha International School, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates Uptown School, Dubai
    Vietnam ACG Australian International Education Services Company Limited
    Vietnam United Nations International School of Hanoi

                                                                               Recruitment fair Comments

    "The whole experience of the job fair in Melbourne was completely surreal. I went in without any real expectations of landing myself a position, but I ended up having 11 interviews and receiving 4 job offers! I think most of that is down to your advice to 'be open'. The best bit is that the job I have accepted is at a school that has been on my wishlist for months! I'm so excited about working at ISB and starting a new adventure in Beijing in 6 months.

    I just want to take a moment to thank you for all your support, particularly at the fair where there were moments when I thought my head was going to explode! The fair was so well organised and was an experience I'll never forget. Dealing with you and Search Associates has been so easy, ever since that seminar in Auckland back in July (that I only registered for at the last minute). You do such an amazing job and you have made the whole life changing process far more manageable and far less terrifying.

    I will be recommending you to every teacher I know!"                                    


    “Thank you for hosting the Search Associates Job Fair in Melbourne over the weekend. I was both impressed with the venue, quantity and quality of schools, but more so, the professional organisation of the three days. The time and effort in preparation of the weekend was evidently large and well thought out. However, of most significance for me over the weekend, were the people. Your availability to help with questions and information was priceless, the boys and girls at sign in super helpful at the drop of a hat and the recruiters, down to earth and easy to speak with. 

    I look forward to my new job at Jakarta International School, and thank you again for helping me achieve this reality.”



    My Husband and I are delighted with our Fair outcome and would like to thank Nick and Paula - along with the entire Fair staff - for a fantastic week-end of not only professional experiences, but a relaxed, friendly and very stress free job search! Melbourne Fair was our first experience with Search Associates and one that we have already spread word of with our friends and colleagues. The family atmosphere made our time in Melbourne more enjoyable and we have been hesitant to finalise our account as it feels like we are 'cutting off from family' ! Thank you SEARCH - our best wishes to you all.

              Mandy and Mark



    “The fair has been a very positive experience for me. I have enjoyed my time and felt very relaxed. Nick, you and your team have done a fabulous job- there is a genuine caring atmosphere and I feel like I’ve had a holiday, too.”



    “I have really enjoyed the experience of the job fair. My interviews were positive and I hope something may eventuate. I got a lot out of the presentations, it was good to hear a range of school philosophies and allowed me to make more informed decisions about the type of schools I would be suited to. Thanks for all your hard work.”



    “Fantasic event and really helpful! We tried to organise international jobs independently last year and it was much easier (and successful) through Search! Massive thanks to  all at Search for their help and honesty.”

    Caroline and Stebben



    “Have had a fantastic, busy, hectic, fun and exciting time. It has all been well organised and gone smoothly. We have seen the benefits of organisation and research pay off. Thank you for all the help, support and guidance."

                                                                                                                   Laura and Peter


    “SENSATIONAL! I am completely amazed and overwhelmed with the running of the fair. It was such a great experience, especially to have offers made. Thank you for the opportunity.”



    "A really well run fair - first I’ve been to so was surprised at how intense/ full on the 3 days were. Met some great people. Recruiters that I interviewed with were excellent- put me at ease. Very positive feedback. Presentations from schools were very informative.”



    “The whole experience has been extremely professional. Nick approached us when we first walked through the door and knew who we were. Everyone has been so friendly and inclusive. The kids and support staff were fantastic. The roller coaster description Nick gave us at the briefing was very helpful. We will definitely use Search again in the future!

    Meryn and Dean


    “A very positive learning experience throughout the recruitment fair. In interviews I have been asked some very reflective questions which I enjoyed. A great opportunity to network, share stories and an excellent form of professional development- seeing how other educators work with students.”