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September 13, 2013

UAE | Employment

Expat teachers escape austerity-hit Europe for booming UAE

brighton-college-uae.jpgAusterity measures in Europe are forcing many language teachers to look further afield for work, and some are heading to the Middle East.

Teachers from austerity-hit Europe have been unpacking their bags and starting out in new schools in the Emirates this week, drawn by the promise of a booming economy.

Ruth Forsythe, a 35-year-old music and performing arts teacher from Northern Ireland is one of hundreds of men and women who have taken the plunge to move their families to the emirate from Europe in search of career opportunities and a new life.

Mrs Forsythe, who left her job as head of music at a school in Northern Ireland to come to the UAE, this week started her new role as director of music at Abu Dhabi’s Brighton College.

“In the UK and especially Northern Ireland teaching jobs have become very static with teachers staying in positions for longer, leaving fewer opportunities for those just qualifying,” she says. “As a family we decided on a life change and as teaching is universal, my career opened the door to Abu Dhabi.”

Her colleague, Andrew McLoughlin, a 36-year-old Canadian who has just taken up a post at Brighton College as an English teacher, agrees.

Read the full article from The National UAE.

Photo: Ravindranath K / The National

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