Assistantship Briefing Presentation 171012 by AiAs3Vw8


									Francoise McKee, Christine Odro, Janet Wilson-Sharp
                      International Development

 •       This is a job application
 •       Flexibility, maturity, adaptability and confidence
 •       Current difficult economic situation in Europe has
         rendered process more competitive
 •       Undergraduates have priority over graduates
 •       China: only graduates and final year students can
 •       Italy: closed to graduates and final year students

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  You must:
  • Be a native-level English speaker
  • Meet the host country’s requirements
  • Have completed secondary education and 2
         years higher education in the UK
  • Have the requisite language skills, except in
  • Hold a UK or EU passport
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General preparation
• Find out is involved? assistantships
    What
            more about
           Why do you want to be an assistant?
           What experience/skills can you offer?
           What character traits make you a good candidate?

  •      Research & Sources of Information
           British Council website:
           Erasmus library
           Guide books

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Country preferences
 •       Make an informed decision
           “Where can I go” pages on British Council website
           This is essential!

 •       Don’t limit yourself
 •       Consider the costs
           Non-EU countries
           Erasmus - mainland Europe

 •       Notes:
           Germany: north is over-subscribed, the southern regions which
            have fewer cities are less popular than the north.
           Austria: more availability than Germany; a lot of students ask to
            stay on in Austria because they’re having such a great time!
           Italy: very over-subscribed, there might be a waiting list

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Other preferences
  •      The more flexible you are about choices, the more
         chance you have of getting placed.
  •      Region choices
             Tick either three boxes or “No area preference”
             Remember the choices are for administrative areas rather than cities
             Barcelona: Catalan speakers only.
             Paris: do not apply to this area unless you already have
              accommodation there.

  •      Age group
           What age group do you want to teach? Why?
           Does your preferred location offer that opportunity?

  •      Environment
           Make sure this fits in with your preferred region

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  •      If you have particular requests state them on the form,
         these will be taken into account as far as possible.
  •      Offers of accommodation:
           The name and address of the person offering accommodation
            must be included in the application.

  •      Medical conditions or disabilities:
           Discuss your plans with your doctor and/or the DDSS before
            submitting the application.
           It is not possible to guarantee a placement near a hospital or at
            a school which can offer additional support.
           Local doctors might decide to run their own tests before
            prescribing medication/treatment.
           Insurance

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The application
  • Registration online at

  • Printable application and supporting documents
  • Academic Reference
  • Presentation and grammar!
      Check your spelling
          Clarity of expression is important

  • Email address
      Consider first impressions: do you want your future employer
           to see it as it is?

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Submitting the forms
 •       The deadline is: Friday 16th of November
           It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are
            returned to the Erasmus Team by the deadline.
           The British Council will not process an application if
            documents are missing.

 •       Submit 3 sets of forms
           See information sheet for instructions

 •       Each set must have an original signature
 •       China: apply direct to British Council by 3rd December

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Assessment Days
  •       Who will be asked to attend?
            All applicants for Switzerland, Canada, China and Latin
            Applicants whose forms have raised queries – telephone

  •       It is a job interview, so prepare!
  •       Assessment days are not optional:
            Failure to attend may lead to rejection
            In case of illness/bereavement, etc, applicants must notify
             the Council as early as possible.

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Allocation Process
 •    You should find out in April whether the British
      Council has approved your application
 •    Matching meetings between March and May
 •    From May onwards, you will find out whether you
      have been allocated a post (may find out area) or
      whether you are on a waiting list
 •    You may find out about your school(s) allocation as
      late as August

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   International Development
Room 155, Registry Extension
           Tel: 01227 827818

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