What with all the extensive planning and application processes that that goes into emigrating to another country, it can be easy to initially overlook any feelings of unease. Its only once you start booking flights and making concrete plans that thoughts of anxiety and uncertainty may pop into your head. What if you don’t like the job? What if you miss home? There are all questions you’re bound to face when moving, especially if it’s to the other side of the world. Here are our tips for getting over this initial case of cold feet and jumping straight into your new life.
1. Talk to others
Perhaps one of the best pieces of advice is to talk to others who have been in the same situation as you. Loads of Brits have made the move down under to live and work as teachers and there’s many ways to get in contact with them. If you’ve got a few niggling questions you want answering, why not head over to a teach abroad forum, such as teachaway.com. Here you’ll be able to join discussions and find teaching resources. Finding other people in the same boat as you is bound to put you at ease.
2. Plan Ahead
The biggest fear you’ll have is the fear of the unknown. Make sure you research thoroughly before jetting off to make sure you don’t find yourself in a difficult situation. For example, read blogs and forums on teaching in Australia so you know exactly what to expect when you arrive in the classroom, and be sure to find out what qualifications are required to teach. Securing a job before you leave is an even better way to ensure security, as you won’t be at a loss when you first touchdown in the foreign land.
3. Turn your nervous energy into productivity
Instead of worrying about all the potential things that would go wrong, start thinking more about the exciting things you’re looking forward to. Australia has amazing things to offer, from bustling cities full of culture, to desert territories seeped with history, and everything in between. Research the hobbies you do currently – for example, going to the gym – and find an equivalent you can join. Alternatively, why not try something new; with the ocean so close by, you could become a dab hand at surfing in no time!
For more information on moving to Australia to pursue a career as a teacher, or to search for jobs visit smartteachers.co.uk