First post here! I am interested in working in public or private schools in Taiwan and came across Dewey. However, I have found them extremely frustrating.
A little about me: I have a BA, MA TESOL and just qualified with a PGCE.
As I only qualified in June 2016, at the time of communication with the Dewey employee I didn´t have my actual PGCE certificate, so to prove to him, just for that moment that I had a PGCE and was genuine, I sent him an online link to a major newspaper in my country which showed my name in the graduation list. I told him I could send something official later when I got it.
Then I asked him some things about the application/interview process and the schools I was interested in that I saw advertised on Dewey’s site. He absolutely refused to answer any of those questions until I showed the proof he wanted. All I was asking was for some info, and as shown from the newspaper graduation list I was definitely definitely genuine and had a PGCE. So, what’s the problem continuing and then any firm offers be on the condition that I show the necessary proof? Why be so awkward especially since it was clear I do have a PGCE (and master’s in TESOL)?
So, next I got a university transcript, sent in PDF format to him, which stated when I graduated and became a qualified teacher. You’d think that would satisfy him, right? NOPE, not a chance! So, I again ask him questions about some schools, then never hear from him again. Cue two weeks later I ask him to kindly reply to my unanswered email, providing yet more proof, this time in the form of a letter from the head of the PGCE department on official university paper, letterhead, with signature in pen etc. Did he accept it? NOPE, not a chance. And again no answer to my questions.
Now, just this week I finally got my PGCE certificate thinking great, he cannot possibly reject that! So, I sent him a high quality scan and guess what? It’s not good enough. What better than the actual real diploma with university stamp on it? He wants a teaching reference number and will not accept the diploma. Why such serious pedantry over a number when the diploma is worth 10 times more than some crappy letter saying kpjf’s teaching number is 12345678910
Anyway, again I clearly asked the person I’ve been in touch with to please answer my questions yet he
just rudely ignores it. Then when I finally give him the teaching reference he’ll reply ASAP lol and be nice as pie. And, by that time it will be too late as by the time a visa will be obtained the job will be away no doubt. A pretty frustrating experience with Dewey I can tell you.