Tuesday 9 December 2014

How to Get the University Job in Korea that You Want

The following post is from a guest blogger. Jackie Bolen has got some great info on her blog, My Life! Teaching English in a Korean University and her Facebook fan page.

How to Get the University Job in Korea that You Want
University jobs in South Korea are amazing, but how can you actually get one of them? Hopefully you have a masters degree, and are already living in Korea with a year or two of experience teaching adults because then it will not be so difficult. But, you never know because even if you don’t, it’s about being in the right place at the right time. Maybe someone decides not to take a job a week before the semester starts and they call you, looking for a warm body who is in Korea, with all their documents and ready to work. Or, maybe your friend who is already working at a university gives you a stellar recommendation.

In order to get a clearer picture of how people find university jobs in South Korea, I posted an informal poll on Facebook on the “Foreign Professors and University English Teachers in South Korea” group asking people about their experiences. There were about 200 participants and the responses were as follows:
  • ESL Cafe Job Board: 36% 
  • Through a friend: 34% 
  • Through a job site besides ESL Cafe (people mentioned Profs Abroad and Chronicle of Higher Education): 14% 
  • Networking: 7% 
  • Dropping application off at a university or applying through the university website: 7% 
As you can see, job boards and friends/networking are extremely important. If you want to get some solid advice about which job boards you should be looking on as you search for a job in Korea, check out the book, “How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams.” This book also contains some top tips as well as common mistakes to avoid as you network your way to a job in a Korean university. Good luck and may you find the job of your dreams.

Don’t forget to check out some additional resources by the author of this article, Jackie Bolen


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