FINAL year teaching students at Port Macquarie's Charles Sturt University have been presented with the option of overseas teaching to bolster their curriculum vitae.
Senior consultant at Protocol Education Australia, Mitch Jones, spoke with students on Friday, July 3, imploring them to do more with their degree than teach locally or in NSW.
"I urge the graduates to look outside of their local area," he said.
"They may be locals that want to get into their old primary or high school, which is fine, but coming back from a trip overseas with that development on your CV really makes you stand out."
A trip to the UK delivers not only a professional development opportunity, but a working holiday experience.
"It's quite a decentralised field of education over there," Mr Jones said.
"By coming to the university and showing them what they can do with their degree it gives them a bit more scaffolding to make the move to the UK.
"The appeal is two-fold. The teaching component is probably more important professionally for them. However the appeal of travelling and having a working holiday is a big one for new graduates as well.
"They can get over there and work in a full time role, work casually and develop their teaching career which they might not get a chance to do in NSW, but they definitely can in the UK."
Mr Jones said it was all about getting skills and coming back a better teacher, ultimately putting those skills back into our education system.
Protocol Education Australia will fly a group of UK school Principals to Australia in September to interview with a number of NSW-based students, graduates and teachers - including Port Macquarie - for positions to commence January 2019.