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Help University positions - so many questions!

Discussion in 'Staffroom' started by Curiousity, 6 Dec 2016.

  1. SageAdvice

    SageAdvice Well-Known Member

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    It should be noted that such mediocrity does not refer to the students (necessarily), but the cronyism, nepotism, malfeasance, narrow-mindedness and general ineptness have taken a toll over the years. While the crying need for education reform is proclaimed almost daily in the local media, various silly action plans have been implemented, defeated by shortsightedness, confusion, inability to execute appropriately and, of course, blatant and metastasizing corruption. Yet despite (or because of) all this, the bond between teacher and student remains the cultural foundation of future reform: bureaucrats just don't get it.
     
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  2. DavidUSA

    DavidUSA την σκαφην σκαφην λεγοντας

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    I know nothing, I see nothing.
     
  3. Gor Blimey Guvnur!

    Gor Blimey Guvnur! What the duck ! Staff Member

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    Good idea but do a bit of homework first as they have many departments, int. program, IEP (good pay and generally need a masters, which you have, to get in), and lots of others. Reckon you need to do more than one 'application package' for this uni.

    Also decent location where it is in Salaya... can commute okay from west BKK or from Nakhon Pathom province (Salaya is the edge of NP). Lovely campus and massive as well constantly developing with some amazing architecture too.

    Good luck Curiousity
     
  4. stfranalum

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    university jobs are the best gigs in thailand. if you need more money, then id agree with the poster earlier who said that in a bigger city, there are far more opportunities to earn money at a good rate.

    you get respect and dont have the daily slog that primary or secondary school teachers have, even at the good schools.

    id also agree that it is indeed a professional step backwards...but....if you want a slower life and also as said earlier, a good relationship with students and faculty alike, the uni is the way to go. i taught in a small town and as such, extra work was readily available but way too under paid. i did things like teacher training and seminars and such, which paid great, but were only a few times per year- like less than 6 times.

    very laid back lifestyle. if you really enjoy your work, the brass tacks of language teaching, there's no better place. just consider money as a factor of where to go, and that will lead you to the big mango. (pardon the reference) ;-)

    and also also agreed that needing some luck to find the right job is key. you may well end up getting one good job, doing a conference or presentation somewhere and then meet and earn the trust that lands you the job you really wanted in the first place. so stick with a big university at all costs. there, you can get the network going.
     
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  5. SageAdvice

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    ...I'd agree, adding the proviso that they are only good jobs if one has worked elsewhere, saved enough for a healthy pension, and has low expectations of a professional environment. If you are prepared to go with the flow (no matter how silly such flow may seem) and comfortable with living on a (relative) shoestring, uni teaching is a fine way to enjoy life while you drift to retirement and beyond. Local unis are not, generally speaking, places where encouragement for professional advancement (except through one's own efforts) might be expected: an adventure, yes, but not an academic or career-enhancing one.
     
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