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hannibal329



Joined: 03 Oct 2009
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:09 am    Post subject: What are my job prospects? Reply with quote

My wife (korean) has recently been offered a position with Cathay Pacific which means, we are considering moving to Hong Kong in the near future. I'm currently employed at a University here in Korea, about to complete my 2nd year. I'll have an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies by this time next year, but do not currently possess any TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, teaching certificate etc…

I taught in the States for 2 years as a full-time classroom instructor(emergency certification), as well as 4 years here in Korea (1 hagwon, 1 public elementary, 2 University).

I'm curious what my job prospects would be if I entered the Hong Kong market this winter compared to next year after obtaining my Masters? Would I be better off putting my MA on hold and completing a teaching certification program online or getting a Celta over the course of the next year? Cheers folks!
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sistercream



Joined: 18 Dec 2010
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Location: Pearl River Delta

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What kind of job do you intend looking for?

Assuming you will be the "trailing spouse" on a dependent visa to your wife's employment visa, then you should have no problem finding employment in either a language centre or a private kindergarten, as they won't have to worry about getting you an employment visa of your own. Another option would be to do privates, which would give you a lot more flexibility in working hours (and, if you're good at it, you can pick and choose which students you teach after the first half year or so and still have more than enough work).

For teaching elementary school and higher levels, it will probably be more practical to get an ELTA/ EA job to get your local experience up while doing either Trinity TESOL (CELTA isn't available in HK, and online programs don't cut any ice here) or a PGDE.
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hannibal329



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm looking for anything that wouldn't require me to teach primary aged students again. I should have clarified, the online teaching certification program is primarily practicum based. It's not a distance based-read a book, write a paper,etc.. type of program I came across that would provide me proper teaching certification throughout the States. It sounds like I'm in a difficult spot as my previous years of experience won't help me obtain decent work.

You wouldn't recommend a CELTA? (They have a program here in Korea I've been looking at). Will completing my MA benefit me at all in Hong Kong?
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travelbuguk



Joined: 02 Nov 2010
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Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

What age group of students are you hoping to teach?

If you arrive in winter you should have no problems getting a job in a language center. However, it is unlikely you will be able to avoid teaching primary aged students. Most language centers prefer candidates who can teach all ages and levels.

What salary, working hours are you expecting? Most language centers will require you to work five and a half days a week.

I would recommend you do a CELTA course. It only takes a month and I think it would be well worth the time and investment.

Sure, you could get a job here without the CELTA, but I think you could get a much better package with the CELTA under your belt.



hannibal329 wrote:
I'm looking for anything that wouldn't require me to teach primary aged students again. I should have clarified, the online teaching certification program is primarily practicum based. It's not a distance based-read a book, write a paper,etc.. type of program I came across that would provide me proper teaching certification throughout the States. It sounds like I'm in a difficult spot as my previous years of experience won't help me obtain decent work.

You wouldn't recommend a CELTA? (They have a program here in Korea I've been looking at). Will completing my MA benefit me at all in Hong Kong?
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Perilla



Joined: 09 Jul 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Travel Bug - get the CELTA first. This opens better private language school doors, plus gives you a better possibility of getting a job with the NET scheme or other 'proper job' after a year or two of local experience. Difficult to avoid kids this way though.

Or, as SisterC suggests, if you're on a dependents visa you could pick and choose private students - one way of avoiding kids. And do a TESOL masters or PGDE p/t to boost your future options.

There are adults-only jobs, such as with the university continuing education programmes (eg. SPACE at HKU), but you'll have zero chance of getting this kind of work until you're on the ground in HK.
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sistercream



Joined: 18 Dec 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for the misunderstanding - by all means do CELTA before you arrive in HK if you have the chance! As Perilla says, it will certainly improve your chances of landing a job with a more reputable school, as would completing a Master's in a related discipline, such as MEd or maybe MA TESOL.
Yes also to privates and being on the ground here to network your way into the relatively small adult education sector as the best ways of avoiding kids.
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Joshua2006



Joined: 04 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The more you have the better. think about a PGCE - that will open International school doors too....
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