‘To get a foot in the door’ : New Host Country Educated Immigrant Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Employability in Finland

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Hahl , K & Paavola , H 2015 , ' ‘To get a foot in the door’ : New Host Country Educated Immigrant Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Employability in Finland ' , Australian Journal of Teacher Education , vol. 40 , no. 3 , 3 , pp. 36-51 . https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2014v40n3.3

Title: ‘To get a foot in the door’ : New Host Country Educated Immigrant Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Employability in Finland
Author: Hahl, Kaisa; Paavola, Heini
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Teacher Education
University of Helsinki, Teacher Education
Date: 2015
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Australian Journal of Teacher Education
ISSN: 0313-5373
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/231178
Abstract: This article sets out to find factors that promote or hinder employment opportunities for immigrant teachers educated in the host country. The data were collected through online questionnaires and focus group discussions among two student cohorts. After a year of graduating from English-medium teacher education in Finland, the employment situations ranged from full-time permanent teaching posts in Finland to unemployment. Although the majority was successful in securing at least some work, no one was teaching in mainstream classrooms in a regular Finnish school. The scope of teaching qualifications and references from substitutions were perceived as factors for employment. Lacking “strong enough” Finnish skills or native English skills was experienced as the main hindrances to employment. Although generally the participants did not consider their nationality a hindrance to employment, ‘nativeness’ in certain languages seemed to play a role. Being a native English (or sometimes another major language) speaker promoted job opportunities in international schools.
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