Top 10 Resources to Help you Get a University Job in South Korea
So you want a university job in South Korea? They really are some prime, prime English teaching job action. What other job would give you 5 months of paid vacation, 12 teaching hours per week complete with free accommodation and a full-time salary?
However, uni jobs in Korea are not easy to come by, especially since Korea has had one of the lowest birth rates in the world for the past couple of decades.The result is that in the coming years, there will be fewer and fewer positions for university teachers in Korea.
But, you’re still convinced that you want to have a go at it? Here are my top 10 resources that you’ll need to help you get that coveted job teaching English in a South Korean university.
#1: A Master’s Degree
A few years ago, it was possible to get a university job in South Korea with only a BA. Those days, however, seem to be long gone and standards are increasing with each passing year. Even those who got grandfathered in and hired without a Master’s should be a bit fearful of losing their jobs. An MA is the best resource you can have to get yourself a university job in South Korea.
University Jobs in Korea with Only a BA
#2: Teaching Experience
You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone these days who is getting hired in Korean universities without any teaching experience, particularly with adults. So, if you’re serious about getting the job, get those all important 2 years of experience teaching in a university (or high school students/adults at the very least), even if means working at a crappy job of some kind, such as a unigwon. Then, you’ll be golden to compete for the better university jobs.
Sure, it’s a paid site. But, it’s also going to save you a ton of time. It compiles university jobs from around the world into one easy to search database. Almost all people that use Profs Abroad have good things to say about it so check it out. There’s a money-back guarantee so you really have nothing to lose. More details: Profs Abroad-Is it Worth it?
#4: A Job in Korea
Most universities require in-person interviews. I did a poll a few months ago on Foreign Teachers in Korean Universities and around 85% of people had to do this. The others got hired from abroad or in-country with a Skype interview, or at the last-minute with no interview at all (remember: we live in the land of the bbali bbali). The best way to be here for interviews is to work at a public school or hagwon for a year.
#5: How to Get a University Job in Korea
It’s my book! It has all the information in this post, but just 100x more detail. Seriously, I don’t really think there’s anything else I could have possibly put into that book about university jobs in Korea.
#6: 103 Things to Do to Get a University Job in Korea
If you want to get a university job in Korea, it’s going to take some serious work. Here’s a list of 103 things you can do. Take some action and start now. It’s not going to be easy, but it is possible.
As with any job search, the more well-connected you are, the better off you’ll be. In Korea, it’s even more-so and it seems like all the last-minute jobs get filled through word of mouth simply because there isn’t time to advertise and wade through applications. A great place to start making some professional connections is KOTESOL. It’s best to join your local chapter, or get involved with something like the conference committee because you’ll be able to form meaningful relationships with people.
#8: A Bit of Luck
Here’s the thing with luck-it most often comes to those who are working hard and doing all the right things. “Luck” usually does not come to those who are sitting at home watching TV. It comes to those are putting themselves out there in the world, meeting people and making those all important connections. Anyway, what I’m saying is that you should make your own luck by hustling.
#9: Foreign Teachers in Korean Universities Facebook Group
This site probably won’t directly get you the job. But, lurk around there long enough and you’ll get a feel for what’s going on in the teaching English in Korean university world. Knowledge certainly is power. Be observant. Here’s the link.
#10: A Solid Resume and Cover Letter
Simple Resume: Best!
May the force be with you as your try to get a University Job in South Korea!
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