When Is The Best Time To Apply For TEFL Jobs?
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If you’re thinking of doing a Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course (as you should!), you have probably realised what a big commitment this could be. After all, you might be thinking of packing your life up and setting off on an adventure across the globe! To take such a big step requires careful thought and consideration. After all, many people give up their jobs in order to become TEFL teachers and find teaching jobs abroad.
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Once you have graduated from your TEFL course, to give yourself a chance of landing that dream TEFL job quickly, you’ll need to know the best time of year to apply for teaching work. This is especially true if you’re trying to leave behind your old life to start again as a TEFL teacher somewhere overseas.
So, when is the best time to apply for TEFL jobs? It depends on two things:
1. where you want to teach and,
2. well, where you want to teach!
In other words, the country and the institution.
The different kinds of TEFL jobs
There are a range of different positions you can hold teaching English abroad, depending on the situation you are working in.
- Government/state school: You teach learners aged 4 to 18. You are the main teacher or the assistant teacher, the class teacher or the English teacher. You teach during school hours, possibly being involved with after-school clubs, such as Drama or Art or Tennis.
- Language school: You teach learners of all ages, possibly adults only. You teach any time of the day, possibly even in the evenings. Students can start at any time and stay at the school for a week or a year or anything in-between.
- University: You teach adult learners during the day.
- Summer camp: You teach high school learners over a number of weeks.
Read more: Five Characteristics of Summer Camp Teachers
The best time to apply for TEFL jobs
Different countries have different academic years. In some countries, for example, the school year starts in January. In others, it starts in August. The beginning of the academic year will affect when schools are looking at hiring new teachers. Schools prefer to hire teachers for the beginning of the year and to commit to at least a year, sometimes two. This is so that the school year is not disrupted mid-semester by the change of teacher. Having the same teacher throughout the year benefits both the teacher and the students.
This does not mean that schools will hire teachers in the month before the new academic year. Rather, they will begin recruiting and hiring a few months before. This is usually for visa reasons and because of the fact that TEFL teachers usually need to relocate to the city of the school. Schools like to give their teachers a fair amount of notice to sort out their lives at home and get to know their new surroundings before they begin the school year.
That is not to say that all teachers stay for a full year. For this reason, there are often secondary hiring seasons in the middle of the academic year.
Hiring seasons around the world for TEFL jobs
Let’s look at the different academic years around the world and the different hiring seasons for some of our most popular TEFL destinations.
|Country||Academic year start||Hiring season|
|South Korea||March||January, February|
|Thailand||May||March, April, November|
|Spain||September||July, August or January|
|UAE||August||March – June|
Bear in mind, these are the application dates for mainstream schools. Language schools hire year-round so you can apply at any time. Summer camps e.g. in Europe in July and August, recruit three months before. Specific programmes have their own application deadlines:
JET (Japan): October – January (depending on your country) to start in July or August
EPIK (South Korea): August to start in February, February to start in August
TAPIF (France): Mid-October – January to start in October
Language Cultural Assistants Programme (Spain): January – April to start August, September
Read more: Popular Programmes for Teaching English Abroad
So, that’s it. Now you know the best time to apply for whatever TEFL job you are looking for. Good luck with your application! And, if you’re not qualified yet, take a look at our courses. You could be TEFL certified in as little as 120 hours, which will take you one step closer to finding a job teaching English abroad!
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- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.