How long did it take to get your first teaching job

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How long did it take to get your first teaching job

Postby BernardT » 11 Jan 2011, 17:17

I'm curious as to how long it takes to get a decent teaching job here in Taiwan. Can anyone share their experience ?
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Re: How long did it take to get your first teaching job

Postby Dragonbones » 11 Jan 2011, 17:19

The first place I walked into hired me (but I'm cute, and busty -- YMMV).
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Re: How long did it take to get your first teaching job

Postby housecat » 11 Jan 2011, 17:31

BernardT wrote:I'm curious as to how long it takes to get a decent teaching job here in Taiwan. Can anyone share their experience ?


Hasn't happed yet!
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Re: How long did it take to get your first teaching job

Postby Feiren » 11 Jan 2011, 17:43

Back in 1988, it took me 20 minutes after walking into Gram English on Nanjing and Dunhua.
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Re: How long did it take to get your first teaching job

Postby BernardT » 11 Jan 2011, 17:47

OK let me correct the question and leave out the word DECENT - How long did it take to get your very first job teaching in Taiwan.
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Re: How long did it take to get your first teaching job

Postby housecat » 11 Jan 2011, 17:51

BernardT wrote:OK let me correct the question and leave out the word DECENT - How long did it take to get your very first job teaching in Taiwan.


I had that before I got on the plane, in 99. I used to get any job I asked for, and used to get approached and asked to take jobs I didn't ask for.

This ain't 99.
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Re: How long did it take to get your first teaching job

Postby tomthorne » 11 Jan 2011, 18:55

When I first came to Taiwan I had a job lined up before I arrived.

After returning to the UK to study I came back to Taiwan last June and it took me until August to land a full time job. I got a lot of part time work in the meantime, though. The combined part time work paid more than the full time gig, but I needed the stable income at the time. So, I suppose you could say it took me almost 3 months to get a full time job.

And that was with quite a lot of experience (not of much value in EFL here), an MA in TESOL (of even less value), and a JFRV (which is of some value). Without these I guess it could take even longer.

I still don't feel like it's massively difficult to land work in my neck of the woods right now, but it seems to be getting pretty tough in other parts of Taiwan.
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Re: How long did it take to get your first teaching job

Postby headhonchoII » 11 Jan 2011, 19:59

Ah but the Nankan area had the fastest growing population of families in all of Taiwan for the last few years :)
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Re: How long did it take to get your first teaching job

Postby tomthorne » 11 Jan 2011, 20:28

headhonchoII wrote:Ah but the Nankan area had the fastest growing population of families in all of Taiwan for the last few years :)


Someone's got to try to turn around that shocking Taiwanese birth rate. We like to do our bit.
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Re: How long did it take to get your first teaching job

Postby Milkybar_Kid » 11 Jan 2011, 20:34

I have been looking since the start of December. I am a first timer.

I still don't have anything concrete yet and it is now the second week of January :oops:
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