With an expected upcoming decline in the US stock market, AGAIN, a thrilling and entertaining career choice for many young people with at least a Bachelor’s degree exists. I highly encourage people to consider moving to Taiwan to teach English. Here’s how to find a great ESL teacher job while you are here!
NEVER take a job from abroad- No job and a one-way ticket to Taiwan scares many people. My own experience can assure you that this is the best way to come to Taiwan. The job market is in dire need of English teachers regardless of experience. Many schools will even hire you from abroad. This sounds like a great way to eliminate the early stress. These jobs typically are offered by schools with such a horrible reputation that most people know to avoid,
NETWORKING is KING!- Taiwanese culture and daily life heavily revolve around who you know. Work this characteristic into your favor. Opportunities for socializing exist on a large-scale here. Facebook and Meetup.com are two great websites to meet people. This is an outstanding chance to have fun, and meet people. Don’t be shy to ask these new friends where they work, and how things are going with their school. It is a vital tool for helping lead you in the right direction of where to find a great job!
Research The School’s Learning Statement– Almost every school has a learning statement. This is the company philosophy on education. If the statement says “Learning is Fun,” it is quite obvious that you better be willing to be clowning around playing games the majority of time. Find one that best meets your own personal views on education.
Timing– Taiwan is always in need of English teachers somewhere on this island. The numbers increase substantially during two times of the year. The first one is right after Chinese New Year. The other most significant hiring increase happens at the beginning of the school year, in August. Many times emergencies arrive that create a need for a teacher immediately. This is a great time to work your way into the public school system.
References from Foreign Teachers– Employers love to boast about how outstanding their English programs are. Ridiculous claims of 100% guaranteed to learn often find themselves throughout the island. Fellow foreign teachers represent your biggest chance of making sure the claims are valid. Any school who fails to provide you with this information. Please RUN!!!!
Generate a list of probing questions about the school’s history of success. Think about things that you would think would make for a great school. Some solid examples are:
How many students in each class? ( 12-15 is a good number to work with)
How long on average do students stay? ( Consistently working all the way through the program is what you look for.)
How many foreign teachers are here? (Being the only foreign teachers creates a greater work load for you.)