Irma is an extremely ambitious and conscientious person who has clear objectives in life. University degree, EFL teacher, CELTA, DELTA, summer jobs in the UK, international experience both as a teacher and a teacher trainer. Her career has taken off, no wonder.
Irma was actually working with me in San Sebastian in 2012 when an amazing opportunity came into her way she couldn’t resist. I still remember the day she came with the news and that she was soon off to make her dreams come true. Let me tell you her story.
During the years, Irma has sent her CV and cover letter to hundreds of schools so her profile was in the ‘system’ available not only for the schools but for headhunting agencies, too (therefore she advises everyone to have a good CV and cover letter to send). One of these recruitment agencies contacted her with a job offer – they were looking for DELTA qualified teacher trainers to work for British Council within the scope of a governmental Mentor Project in Malaysia.
Once she replied she had a Skype interview with British Council, which was rather general apart from the questions concerning British Council Behaviours (and about which she needed to read beforehand). It seems qualifications speak for themselves as there were no professional questions and the non-native issue never came up. Later that day she was offered the job and she had only a few days to make her decision. From the moment she accepted the job things speeded up: BC applied for a work permit for her, her flight tickets were sorted out, a hotel room was booked for her and off she went.
She is without a doubt a confident, successful, and greatly honoured professional. She is, incidentally, a 28-year-old woman who is having the time of her life. She could only say good things about working in Malaysia and she warmly recommends it to anyone interested in working there.
But the best part is yet to come! After a year Irma was offered the Senior Teacher Trainer position!!! Although Irma has accepted the position, astonishingly, life had another thing in mind for her – she has been chosen to fill in the position of “academic operations manager.” What an achievement at such a young age and within so little time!
So forget all your concerns about “BC never employs non-natives” or “I can only be a simple teacher as a nNEST,” and go make your dreams come true! Congratulations Irma and thank you for raising our spirits!