If job prospects in the U.S. don’t seem great or if you’re adventurous, consider working overseas for a year — or more!

Because China is the world’s fastest growing economy, the Chinese school system has a huge demand for English teachers at all levels. Teaching English as a second language (ESL) offers a plethora of benefits, such as developing a more critical approach to cultural understanding, more opportunities for travel, overseas experience during a time of global fever, potential to save money, and improved communication skills.

For most schools, the only prerequisites are being a native English speaker with a college degree, even if that degree isn’t in teaching. Graduates in fields such as physics, finance, and French are potential candidates. So, if you hold a more relevant degree, such as education or English, finding a job will not only be easier, but you’ll have more options on locations and contract stipulations.

Speaking Mandarin or Cantonese is never a requirement nor will it make you more qualified for the job since schools only want you to speak English in class.

When applying, schools will request your resume, a headshot, and copies of your diploma and passport. An interview is rarely necessary; if it is, it can be done via Skype. Discussing contract agreements and making other arrangements is easily done by e-mail.

Great sites for ESL job searching

EF Education is a private education company that specializes in language training, educational tours, and cultural exchange. 

ESL Jobs in China specializes in just what its title suggests. 


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