So! How's everybody's TEFLpocolypse going as 2015 draws to a close?
Back in April and May when I failed to get a job in the Emirates,I put in several applications for jobs in the Kingdom -- including my first one, the one I liked (and probably shouldn't have left.)
I heard a blank terrifying nothing from ALL of them.
But then in September and October, after I took this job in America, they started getting back to me.
My first employers said they would be glad to have me back.
Three months later, I have still not received an official job offer, nor a contract.
Likewise, another big college in the Kingdom. They said they would move forward with the application, but warned that it was taking up to 18 MONTHS to get all the papers in order these days.
(With my first two jobs in the Kingdom, it took about 6 or 7 months between interview and arrival.)
But hey, I have a job already, right? I'm even making an annual salary greater than my age. Can't complain too much.
The way I heard about this American job was from a guy who I worked with at my first Kingdom college job.
Let me tell you HIS TEFLpocolypse story.
In 2013, when Big Oil Company was hiring a lot of English teachers, he took a week off to fly to America for an interview with Big Kingdom Oil Company. (That's typical corporate logic, right?)
They offered him a position -- an official, signed offer -- so he left his job at the college, and went back to America to wait.
And he waited. Three months passed.
He got the contract, and signed it and sent it back. (That's about normal, so far.)
He got his papers together and sent them in to apply for the visa.
He was told there were some issues, and they couldn't get the visa yet.
(What exactly these issues were, they didn't say.)
He waited. And he waited.
Six more months passed.
Finally he was told, well, too much time has passed, and now Big Oil Company doesn't need any people.
(As mentioned, they laid off most of the people they hired along with me, this year.)
Fortunately, he found this job. He's got several children he sends child support to, also, so he's not just your usual lone wandering nomad.
(He's only 46 though so the issues were not related to his age. Could they have been legal / background issues? Maybe.)
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