6 Common Problems for Teachers Coming to China
If you would like to have a teaching career in China, but you don’t know which city you like most and even don’t know how to choose a school. Here is some advice, i First; you could find some information on line as much as possible. Second; you could ask your friends who have teaching experience in China, they may tell you a lot of useful information. If you don’t have friends teaching in China I recommend checking out “Find Work Abroad”. It’s a reliable website you can find real and genuine job information in China. They can help to choose a right job for you.
The 6 Common Problems
Below are a few tips on how to find a right job in China:
1) Students & lessons: Who are you going to teach? Do you prefer certain age groups or experience levels? Maybe you want variety. Different students need a different way to teach. What are you going to teach them? Do you have to create the lesson plans or are does the school have a set curriculum? These are pivotal questions, whether you’re an experienced teacher or someone looking to take their first teaching job.
2) Shop around: When you arrive at China the first time, you may feel strange about the environment and be a little sick. Don’t worry it will take a week or so to adjust. Whilst in smaller rural cities there may not be too many jobs on offer, in the bigger cities on the east coast there are likely to be hundreds. It is always wise to check several recruiting sites to compare contract terms and salaries.
3) Research the city, not just the job: It is also wise to know as much as possible about the city you are looking to work at. This is important because China is a country of some pretty big contrasts, which affects teachers in many ways. For example, a small industrial city in Guangzhou is likely to be far cheaper to live in than Beijing or Shanghai. It is also likely to provide infinitely fewer entertainment options. If the teacher is happy with the quiet life, then fine. If not, they may need to consider somewhere slightly more modern. Other conditions should be considered such as: weather, public transport, food, people and the cost of living.
4) Know how long you’re working: After researching a city, it may be relatively easy to find a job on line. It is much easier to find a good job when you are already in China. For this reason, those looking to stay longer than a few months would be well advised to sign-up for a shorter contract and look to switch jobs after this. It is common to see teachers start in public schools or low-end private schools before gravitating towards the bigger private companies and the larger salaries on offer. You must know how long you will stay in one school and know your plan.
5) Clarify the contract: As many schools will often write their contracts in Chinese and then translate them into English later – often not especially clearly – there is significant room for misunderstanding. The golden rule here is never to assume anything. Ensure everything is clear and that you understand every clause.
6) Know the location: Many of China's provinces are the size of small countries. So, ensure you know exactly where your potential employer is located. The same is true of the big cities, particularly the major municipalities of Tianjin, Shanghai and Beijing. You may see the term 'Shanghai' and think of the glitz and glamour of Pudong district, but the job may be in distant dusty suburb that bears little resemblance to the image in your head. The contrast between the downtown area of Tianjin and the outlying areas of the municipality is particularly stark. Be sure you know the location well.
Date: 05/03/2014 06:58
Author: Jody Zhou
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