Several college students from California State University have recently moved to South Korea to begin a career teaching English. Going through the process of securing overseas employment can be a bit daunting, but the attached video breaks down the steps to making your dream a reality.
One step of the process involves reminding yourself that all employers have specific criteria they expect a candidate to satisfy. You should have expectations for your employer as well, so below are some items for you to consider during your search.
You do not need to answer all of the questions below. They are there to help guide your thinking initially. From reading them, you should be able to make a short list of items which you deem as necessary in order for you to have a successful year abroad. Try to think of any needs you may have that are not covered by the underlying list.
- Does your boyfriend, child, spouse or dog have to be able to join you?
- Do you need a microwave, washing machine or any specific electronics?
- What types of specific furnishing do you require?
- Do you want free school lunches?
- How far are you willing to live from the school?
- If you live far from the school does the school provide transportation, or do you have to take a taxi?
- How much is a taxi to and from school?
- Do you want to live in an area that has a large ex-pat community, or do you want to be completely submerged in the culture? (Do you want to live in a big city or a rural area?)
- Do you want to work with children or adults?
- How do you feel about overtime?
Remember, these questions are only meant to be used as a guide. Good luck!