Newly qualified Canadian teachers frustrated with the over-saturated teaching market in many major Canadian cities are setting their sights on international schools abroad, where they say professional and personal benefits far outweigh those back home.
“The Canadians I’m meeting abroad are pretty solid teachers,” says Jay Goodman, a 31-year-old high school teacher who is in his fourth year of international teaching. “They’re young, excited, passionate teachers who just haven’t been able to work with the system the way it is at home.”
1st year teachers mostly unemployed, underemployed
After Goodman graduated from teachers’ college in 2006, he luckily fell into nearly four years of contract work in Mississauga, Ont., filling in during maternity leaves before being squeezed out into the international school market.
“It was just like pregnancy to pregnancy, praying that people at the school would keep getting pregnant so that I could keep having a job,” he says. “Eventually, that ran out.”
During those years of contract employment, Goodman searched for permanent work in Toronto, but was unable to land a coveted classroom teaching position.
In 2012, more than one in three Ontario teachers who graduated the previous year and applied for teaching jobs were unemployed, according to a survey by the Ontario College of Teachers. Meanwhile, only one in three teachers who managed to secure employment worked as much as they wanted to.
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