Just because I left Qatar doesn’t mean I’m done. And now that I’ve closed that chapter of my book, it’s time to start a new one. So where is the setting of chapter 2? That is the question. Well it begins in another country, a little closer to my original home. But before I get into that, I have to tell you where and how it began so that if you’re considering being adventurous like me, you will have an idea of where to begin.
When I resigned from my job in Qatar, I actually had no idea where I was going. I knew I didn’t want to stay in that country and apply to another school. I just knew I wanted a change of scenery and a change in my position.
So I created a profile on Search Associates and was prepared to pay a fee for this but I lucked up with going through the UK division because it was free. Creating a profile through them is relatively easy and you’re assigned a contact person. Through Search Associates, I was able to see postings from schools all over the world. For some I could apply directly through the website with just a cover letter and directing the hiring representative from the schools to my profile. For others, I was directed to apply straight through the schools website. I knew that finding a position in leadership would be more difficult than a typical teaching position and it proved to be very competitive. Apparently a lot of teachers were displaced during Covid and were now seeking new opportunities. Sure, I have a pretty good resumé with a competitive educational background but I lack in leadership experience within a school setting. Most schools, I didn’t even hear back from. I was only invited to a couple of interviews in leadership and wasn’t offered a position. I even interviewed for a classroom position in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, if you call a virtual interview where you answer 3 questions and are recorded, an actual interview. Needless to say, that didn’t pan out and it was probably for the best, as it wasn’t what I really wanted. I only interviewed there because the pay was impressive and I have friends there. Feeling defeated, I had resolved to go back home and take some time off. I had been out of the interviewing game for a while, was making mistakes and was not used to hearing no.
I was tired of applying and I was excited about going home for some respite and quality time with loved ones.
But then, I saw this position with a significant lower pay than what I was used to but in a country that I’d considered retiring. I didn’t know much about this country and still don’t really but I’ve heard some wonderful things. I also did not know much about Qatar but that didn’t stop me and look how that turned out. Not feeling very optimistic, I decided to apply. Within a few days, I received a response from the Director of this school and I instantly had a good feeling. We met on Google Meet and talked about the position, school, country, pay, etc… Next I interviewed with the Principal and Vice Principal. The Vice Principal who happened to work in Qatar just a year prior. Following this interview, I also interviewed with a panel of teachers. This impressed me. An organization that values the opinions of all, even those not in leadership, I wondered if this was real or just a facade. Within a few weeks, I was offered the position of ECE Coordinator- Early Childhood Education Coordinator. I went back and forth with my decision to just go home and take some time off or accept the position. In the end I decided to accept. This position may not come back around for me again, and if it doesn’t work out, then I can go home. If you never try, then you’re always left wondering.
The pay was an issue too, but during my time in Qatar, where I was making significantly more, I spent most of that money on paying off bills which put me in a good position. A position where I can accept a lower pay. A position that I desire and can possibly catapult my career in different directions where I will be able to make more money later, if I desire. Besides, this almost felt fate-like. I was ready to give up and it showed up out of nowhere. The process was quick and I got a good feeling in my gut. I love this part of the world and now I will live in it.
Chapter 2 will begin in…