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Post by RCer » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:17 am

Hi Folks,

My niece from the UK is interested in finding work someplace more fun and less expensive than the UK/EU/US.

She doesn't know the first thing about finding work overseas or work permits and such. She has not specified a location just an interest.

Her skills are a mix of administrative type work but nothing in a managerial role.

Are there some recommended web sites for her to be looking at?

Anyone here have expertise with UK CV writing and would be interested in reviewing her's? I only know US resume writing and I've been retired since 2004, so a bit out of date at that.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Post by handdrummer » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:44 am

She could do an internet search for the type of job(s) that she's interested in and list the countries that she'd like to go to. That would give her a start. There are many CV sites online that show you how to write a CV. Also, start asking friends for contacts. The more she puts out there the greater her chances are of finding something. Lack of a foreign language is a big detriment unless she can work for a British or American company. She may want to learn some practical skills and wait a year until she has more experience. Either that or jump in without a life jacket and hope you can stay afloat until a raft comes by. Depends on her tolerance for risk and financial situation.

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Post by dtaai-maai » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:54 am

I'd advise her to do a TEFL or TESOL course in the UK. Once she has one of those under her belt she could teach English almost anywhere she fancies, either short-term or long-term.
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Post by HHTel » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:18 pm

TEFL and TESOL are fine but if she wants to teach in Thailand it needs to be backed up with a degree. I think recent changes require a degree in education.
Difficult in Thailand but anywhere else is much easier. China is always worth a look.

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Post by dtaai-maai » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:59 pm

I have to say if I were young, Thailand would be a long way from top of my list of teaching locations (knowing what I know now, of course!). China? Maybe. Middle East if you want to make some money. Central/South America or somewhere like Honduras would be where I'd start.
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Post by Vital Spark » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:09 pm

How old is your niece, RCer? If she likes young kids, there's quite a high demand here for females to teach at kindergardens.

I agree with HHTel about getting a TEFL certificate before she leaves the UK. However, if she hasn't got a degree, she can still get a job. I know of a few people teaching here totally legally without a degree (like every 'law' here - it's flexible).

I'd be happy to have a look at her CV if she'd like me to.

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Post by RCer » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:20 pm

She's in her 40s. I'll talk to her about the teaching.

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Post by HHTel » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:08 pm

Quite funny when someone talks of their niece it's automatically assumed they're referring to a young girl!!
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Post by hin » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:43 am

Quite funny when someone talks of their niece it's automatically assumed they're referring to a young girl!!
What shud he call her then..? My nieces are all in their 60s. 40s is a nice age for a girl. If you catch one in her low 40s she might also have a nice mom and a nice daughter too. And if it doesn’t work out you can trade her in for two 20s

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Post by handdrummer » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:23 pm

hin wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:43 am
Quite funny when someone talks of their niece it's automatically assumed they're referring to a young girl!!
What shud he call her then..? My nieces are all in their 60s. 40s is a nice age for a girl. If you catch one in her low 40s she might also have a nice mom and a nice daughter too. And if it doesn’t work out you can trade her in for two 20s
You could get a nice meal for two, for two $20's.

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Post by t080752 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:51 pm

dtaai-maai wrote:I have to say if I were young, Thailand would be a long way from top of my list of teaching locations (knowing what I know now, of course!). China? Maybe. Middle East if you want to make some money. Central/South America or somewhere like Honduras would be where I'd start.
China is probably the wrong choice. The policies with respect to work permits changed last year and if someone is caught working without the residence visa and work permit they get ejected from the country.


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Post by hin » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:50 pm

You could get a nice meal for two, for two $20's
Hey, Yes, another nice environmentally friendly option for redeeming post expiry date natural resources. Personally tho am more and more liking the classic older ones. They are easier to catch. But to get back onto the topic, the thread’s label says, “..wants to be an expat” So, to avoid being funny, what age is required for being an expat?


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Other subject: Completely agree with dtaal-maal about Latin America. Can easily see myself living there. Good climates to choose from, good food, a language easy to speak & read & write, can look things up in the dictionary, not so doministically imperialistic about trivialities like work permits, property ownership, lese majeste, etc. In most of can get permanent residency and in many even citizenship is easy.

Left Pacific North West of USA, thinking Chili. But by long scenic route. But after a lot of years and less than 1/2 way around was beginning to forget why I was going to Chili. Like they say, a bird in the bush is better than a bird on the horizon, and wound up here

But the far east - NEVER - for any amount of money. Not Israel nor any Muslim country. More moderate Malaysia and its even more moderate Penang was too Muslim for me. One benefit tho - you get a 5AM wake up call every day.

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Post by HHTel » Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:26 pm

I looked up 'teaching in Saudi' after the comment from DM regarding making money. I was amazed to see salaries ranging from 37,000 pounds to 48,000 pounds tax free. I wish I was young enough to take advantage. A few years out of your life can accumulate quite a nest egg.

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Post by hin » Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:56 pm

OOooopps..! I spelled “far east” but meant middle east - been thru the Suez Canal a few times and spent almost 4 weeks in Jedah in 1991. True enuf, the money is a big temptation, especially if tax free but Uncle Sam doesn’t allow that. Very difficult tho to understand the animosity, hostility, dishonesty and lack of compassion of those people until being full on exposed to it. Knew 2 nurses who went to Saudie for the big money, lived in a compound, rarely outside of it so not as terrible as being in general population but still like doing time. Especially so for women. After returning home they earned almost as much in Seattle by working extra board & only accepting Sat & Sun, squeezing in 4 to 5 shifts at all overtime. Then 5 days in a row off to enjoy life.

In late 1980s a friend signed 2 year contract to do a job there as a naval architect. George Buehler, if you want to Google him. After just over a year, returning from a short trip, learned the cops had grabbed 3 of his friends and were looking for him. Due to a Saudie guy had reported seeing them talking to some British girls out in the open, even tho inside the compound. He grabbed all his money, jumped in his Volkswagen and got to hell out of there. Way back in the cobwebs knew some men who went there to work when the oil fields and refineries were being developed. (thanx to Britain & USA) Big money and not as bad then as they were not near any towns or population but outside work in such extreme temperatures can almost feel like a death sentence. I prefer less brutal entertainment. Much easier to adjust my needs.

A lot of news recently about young Indonesian & Philippine girls being severely mistreated and falsely accused of bad things while working there as domestic help. The powers that be would just as soon behead them as listen to them, or their government - and do.

While I was in Penang a friend was rebuilding a 65’ yacht and absolutely every morning when driving around to pick up his 6 workers at least 2 or 3 of them were in jail - caught by the religious police. Usually for alcohol, being in a bar, or talking with a girl in an unapproved place. He was constantly looking for new skilled help. I have some really good friends who are Muslims, in Malaysia & in Phuket & had some good friendships in Indonesia. But no more Muslim environments for me

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Post by RCer » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:11 am

My view on Muslim countries is no. While in the Air Force I was told I needed to go to Saudi, a backer of the Nazis and sworn enemy of Israel.

I asked my CO to reconsider his order based on the following:

1. I'm a certified expert maxman with several weapons.

2. They are going to send me there with an M16 and 9mm. 150 rounds of ammo for the M16 and 100 rounds for the 9mm.

3. I'm Jewish and most of my family was wiped out by the Nazi's.

My CO was a reasonable man and decided I was needed more where I was. Imagine that.

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