[i][Edit: the original title of this thread was “Best Way to Get a Job.” I’ve changed the title to be more clear about what I’m asking.
I’ve already read a lot of the information comparing Hess and Kojen, the pros and cons of big chain schools vs smaller schools, and nice places to live in Taiwan.
What I’m asking is if any of you liked your experience at either Hess or Kojen enough that you recommend the branch you work(ed) at.
By “liked” I mean: your coworkers were friendly; management was supportive or at least respectful/professional; the school was conveniently located near the MRT and good restaurants/shopping/parks/museums; the classroom was big enough, well-ventilated, had carpeting, toy area, books, blackboard, tv, vcr, etc; you felt like you got enough hours and there was the potential to do more if you wanted to.
In short, I want to know if there is something exceptional about your branch. Did it offer anything more than the basics?
I understand Hess and Kojen may not have the best curriculum, but I more concerned with the general atmosphere at particular branches.][/i]
[color=red]I’m going to start my big adventure in Taiwan in just two months! [/color]
People here are starting to ask me if I’m nervous about going…
I wasn’t…until recently. I was…AM…very excited :bouncy: !
Now that I’ve been asked so many times, [color=blue]I’m starting to wonder if maybe I’m making my adventure a little too much of an adventure[/color].
My plan was to follow the advice to just arrive and look for a job. Budget-wise, however, I cannot afford to be without a job for very long. So, now I’m planning to fill out the online applications for both Hess and Kojen and see what they offer me in terms of [color=darkred]pay, class size, age group, schedule and location[/color] (not that I really know where in Taipei I want to live yet).
My questions are:
Do you think applying to those two is enough? Or should I apply to a few more chains?
Is the job search process once I arrive in Taipei much different from what I’m doing now, looking up schools online? I mean, do schools usually advertise on the internet, or do prospective teachers just walk into any school that looks interesting and ask if they have an opening?
It is my understanding that both Kojen and Hess offer assistance in helping teachers to locate housing near their schools. Does anyone have a recommendation for a particular Hess or Kojen site that is in a fairly cheap, not-too-far-away (meaning: accessible by public transportation) suburb of Taipei City? Ideally, I’d like to be within 30 minutes of the school and no more than 45 minutes from the heart of Taipei City, but far enough away to enjoy quieter, greener, residential life. I’d also prefer a place with fewer English-speakers as I assume such a place will be less costly and force me to work on my Chinese. So far, I’ve liked what I’ve heard about Muzha and Tainan.
Do you think there is anyway I could apply to Hess and Kojen and ask to visit their schools in both Taipei and Kaohsiung before signing the contract? I know it sounds crazy, but I’m curious (and scared I’m not going to like the colder weather and higher living costs in Taipei).
My goals for my stay in Taiwan are:
- Survive in a completely foreign environment, knowing almost no one before I get there. I want to challenge myself to trust strangers, be more spontaneous, and become more aware of the needs of others.
- Get some classroom teaching experience before applying to grad school (ultimate goal: Ph.D. in Educational Policy).
- Thoroughly get to know the island of Taiwan: sights, sounds, culture, economics, history, etc.
- Learn how to run a school.
[color=violet]All comments will be greatly appreciated.[/color]