Gianpaulo has been living and teaching in China for two years and is completing his PGCE at his current school. He is a self-directed, life-long learner with a genuine passion for science and its role in society.
Which fair did you attend?
I went to the Shanghai event after being told about it by a friend. It was actually the first recruitment fair I’ve ever been to.
How did you find the organisation and structure of the fair itself?
Very good! As far as I could see everything ran like clockwork and was very well organised. After initial sign-in, coffee was provided before heading into the main ballroom at 9am to see the attending schools. This was a really efficient way of getting to meet and greet with a variety of institutions and learn a little bit about them. I managed to set up four interviews from the open ballroom session.
How many offers did you receive?
Of the four interviews I had, I received three offers which I was very pleased with.
How was the support from the Explore CRS staff at the fair?
Helpful and knowledgeable. They were on hand to provide useful pointers and suggestions and were very honest about the schools and what to expect.
What was the best thing about the fair? Where could we improve?
The structure of the second day was well organised and the open ballroom session was a convenient way to see all the schools quickly. It also gave you a chance to learn a bit about each one before deciding to proceed further to interview. I didn't, however, have a chance to attend any professional development workshops over the weekend. I was interviewing most of Saturday and, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take the Friday off work, but I heard from other candidates that they were worthwhile.
Would you come again?
Yes, and I would definitely recommend it to friends and colleagues.
How would you rate the post-fair follow up?
It was good. Once I decided on the position I wanted, my designated consultant helped me with the contract negotiations and final sign off. I managed to secure a great new position which was an upward career move for me and I am really happy in my new school.
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