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What Job is MOST important?

What job should I take?

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Where do you find the job?

Employment in Korea includes:

 

Hogwons, Public schools, Universities, International Schools, Privates, Recruiting and others.

 

Most contracts at these locations offer round trip flights, 50% / 50% medical, pension and one month bonus at the completion of a one year contract.

 

Hogwon:                   A Hogwon is a private school found in South Korea.  These schools are subject-specific and vary in subjects.  Teaching English at a Hogwon is currently the most abundant and common job.

                        Advantages: 

·        English Hogwon jobs are simple to obtain.

·        In most cases it pays more than other jobs for the beginner teacher. 

·        The contract in most situations are negotiable.

·        Available at anytime.

Disadvantages: 

·        Hogwons are high risk.

·        Shools require the teacher to work more hours than other places.

·        Quite often split shifts are demanded, it is not uncommon to go to work at 9:00am and arrive home at 10:00pm even though you only worked a few hours.

·        Short vacation if vacation is offered.

·        Teachers sometimes have little privacy.

·        Schools can be corrupt and the director may take advantage of the teacher.  Sometimes schools may give late pay or miss-payment. In extreme situations schools may dismiss an employee before the end of the contract making it difficult to receive airfare and bonus.

Requirements:

·        E2 visa

·        Bachelor Degree of any kind.

·        No experience

·        Native English Speaker from an English speaking country.

Preferences

·        Young (24 to 30 years old)

·        Good looking (not over or under weight, average height, energetic…)

·        Caucasian 

Note:  There are several types of Hogwons. Some Hogwons are chain businesses that can offer more job security, while other Hogwons are just individual businesses and don't care much about individual teachers.

 

Public School:          Korean Public schools are just like western counties.  Most areas have elementary, middle and high schools.  It is becoming more and more common to see public schools hiring foreign English teachers.

                        Advantages: 

·        Stable and reliable pay.

·        Professional job.

·        Fewer hours (22 hours teaching a week, more than 22 hours is overtime).

·        Manageable schedules (normally 8:30 to 4:30)

·        Varying pay increments depending on qualifications.

Disadvantages: 

·        Non-negotiable contract.

·        Sometimes poor housing especially in larger cities.

·        Even if no classes are scheduled, the teacher must remain at the school.

·        Work with a Korean co-teacher, where quite often conflicts can arise where the foreign teacher is treated like an assistant rather than a teacher.  Teaching beliefs are different between the two teachers.

·        Jobs are only available during the beginning of the term.

Requirements:

·        E2 visa

·        Bachelor Degree of any kind.

·        Native English Speaker from an English speaking country.

Preferences

·        Young (24 to 30 years old)

·        Good looking (not over or under weight, average height, energetic…)

·        Little teaching experience. 

·        Caucasian

 

Universities:            Korean universities are more common than most other counties.  The majority of young Koreans attend some sort of university or college after grade school.  Lower level universities/colleges require very little of the students, quite often it is impossible to fail once accepted into a program.

                        Advantages: 

·        Stable and reliable pay.

·        Fewer hours (less than 20 hours).

·        Varying pay increments depending on qualifications.

·        Teacher is expected to be independent.

·        Great experience and prestigious.

Disadvantages: 

·        Non-negotiable contract.

·        Sometimes schedule can be tight, hectic or broken.

·        Sometimes poor housing.

·        Beginning teachers get low pay.

·        Some universities can far away from a large city.

·        Jobs are only available during the beginning of the term.

Requirements:

·        E2 visa

·        Bachelor Degree of any kind.

·        Native English Speaker from an English speaking country.

·        2 or more years experience.

Preferences

·        More experience the better.

·        Higher level education (Bachelor of Education, Masters, PhD.)

   Note: higher level universities may have high requirements.  Teachers are on a hierarchy depending on qualifications.  Pay and working conditions vary depending on your position in the hierarchy.  Other jobs may be offered to foreign teachers other than English teaching such as admin., scheduling, recruiting, computer, technology…

 

International:           International schools are not common in Korea.  In most situations, Korean students are not permitted to attend, the schools are primarily in English (or other foreign languages) and focus on international students.  These schools are quite expensive to attend and most of the teachers are hired from overseas.

                        Advantages: 

·        Stable and reliable pay.

·        Varying pay increments depending on qualifications.

·        Teacher is expected to be independent.

·        Great experience and prestigious.

·        Very high pay, sometimes in foreign currency.

·        Great housing.

Disadvantages: 

·        Non-negotiable contract.

·        Sometimes schedule can be tight (depending on school).

·        Difficult to obtain the job.

Requirements:

·        E2 visa

·        Normally a bachelor of Education or higher.

·        Native English Speaker from an English speaking country.

·        2 or more years experience.

Preferences

·        More experience the better.

·        Higher level education (Masters, PhD.)

  

Private teaching:     Private teaching in South Korea is not encouraged unless a the teacher has a proper visa.  Offenders can be prosecuted and sent to prison, fined and deported.

Private teaching in South Korea is when a teacher finds his/her own students and teaches the students at his/her house or students house.

                        Advantages: 

·        High pay.

·        No requirements necessary.

Disadvantages: 

·        Difficult to become established.

·        Students can be hard to find.

·        Danger of getting into legal problems.

·        Students come and go.

·        Scheduling and time problems.

·        Little free time.

   Note: this method of teaching is not recommended for the beginner teacher.

 

Teacher Recruiting:   Recruiting in Korea is when an individual, either by internet or direct contact finds teachers to work in Korea.  A foreigner can find recruiting work either on his own through personal contacts or through a larger agency.

                        Advantages: 

·        No requirements necessary.

·        Can be done outside the country.

·        Can be high pay.

Disadvantages: 

·        Teachers can be hard to find.

·        Competition is high to find qualified teachers.

·        Danger of getting into legal problems if recruiter lacks proper visa in Korea.

·        Recruited teachers may leave and school may demand a replacement teacher.

·         Payment is only given if recruiter finds a qualified teacher.

·        Payment is only given after recruited teacher arrives in Korea.

   Note: this job is not recommended to a foreigner with no experience in Korea.

 

Other Jobs:    South Korea has a variety of other jobs for the foreigner, but it is a matter of having the right experience and contacts for these jobs.   Most jobs either hire from within there own company or from direct overseas.  Jobs may include English editing, web page design, or machine operator.  This website primarily focuses on teaching realated jobs in South Korea.

 

                       

 

 

Hogwon

Public school

University

International School

Private teaching

Recruiting

Bachelor Degree

R

R

R

R

T

T

Bachelor of Education or Higher

T

T

R

R

T

T

Experience

T

T

R

R

T

T

High pay

R

K

K

R

R

K

Good housing

K

K

K

R

na

na

high risk/low security

R

T

T

T

R

R

independent

T

R

R

K

R

R

easy to obtain

R

R

K

T

na

na

negotiable contract

R

T

T

T

na

na

long hours

R

T

T

K

na

na

good vacation

T

K

R

R

na

na

require co-teacher

K

R

T

T

na

na

limited job starting date

T

R

R

R

T

T

varying pay depending on qualifications

K

R

R

R

K

T

broken or tight schedule

R

T

R

T

R

na

Looks/age and race

R

R

R

R

R

na

T

No

 

R

Yes

 

K

sometime

 

Now that you can see the pros and cons about each job, you can now begin to think about what is most important to you. 

 

What is your desired location? 

Do you wish to be in the city or country?

What pay range do you expect?

Do you wish to be independent?

Do you wish to have free time?

Do you want time for travel?

What kind of house do you want?

Do you mind taking a risk or do you prefer stable?

What time of the day do you wish to work?

How soon do you expect to come to Korea?

 

These are some questions to consider.  Make a list of what is most important to you.