Whilst living in China, I’ve worked in both Universities and also private schools, so I thought I’d share some advantages of working as an English teacher in a University. In China, these are sought after jobs, so regard yourself lucky if you successfully managed to get a Uni job here!
1. Guaranteed money each month.
So in a Uni job, you are guaranteed that the students will and more importantly HAVE to come to class. (if it a mandatory class and not an elective that is),You don’t need to worry ‘Oh I wonder will many people come to class today?’ In my current Uni they have to come or else they will fail. However in my first Uni job, I had a few elective groups, and a lot of students skipped it. So if you manage to get secure a job, make sure you know if it’s a mandatory class or elective class. Mostly they will be mandatory though!
2. Low hours
At the moment, I teach 10 classes of 90minutes each. Plus miraculously for this semester I only work 3 days a week. (Although one day I work from 8am to 8:40pm which is a LONG day) but in Uni jobs, you usually will have less teaching hours than private schools. It does mean a little less money than private schools, but I think it’s still a good deal.
3. Students are older
Although sometimes I feel this is a curse, generally you can have a laugh with the students and get to know one another better than if you are teaching older students.
Of course Uni jobs are well known for their long holiday breaks, plus they are fully paid. So you don’t have to feel guilty about booking time off for going on a trip!
5. Lesson Plans
In my current job, I only have to make 1 lesson plan, and that does me for the whole week! Yes it does get monotonous after a while, but I know some teachers HATE doing lesson plans for each lesson.
5. Other benefits
In our Uni, they provided us with a huge apartment which is rent free, they pay for internet, half of electricity, water, give us €20 each month for food allowance (it doesn’t sound a lot but when lunch is about €1 in the canteen then it’s plenty. Plus they pay us a bonus for starting the contract and another for completing it.
So all in all, Uni jobs are pretty good! I know every Uni is different but I don’t think I’ve heard of a person working in a bad one. But read your contract closely about what benefits they offer!