- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at SMOE full-time (more than a year)Pros
Based in the heart of Korea (Seoul)
Government-based positions (SMOE is a government entity)
Good pay for fresh gradsCons
Poor internal communication, You will get inconsistent details about policies, regulations and changes from various parties when it could just be centralized.
They've scaled back to primarily Elementary-level placements
Experience can vary greatly by location (i.e., apartment can be sub-par for some, but have a great school, or vice versa).
Management does little to retain current staffAdvice to ManagementAdvice
Be PROACTIVE, about retaining your staff. The budget issues you are suffering are a direct result of high turnover rates because you do little to nothing to retain the teachers you have; instead of focusing just on recruiting new teachers every year, trying improving the incentives (+2,000,000won is good, but maybe you could offer a relocation bonus if the teacher is willing to move to a location you have no teachers in). Alternatively you could offer a monetary bonus to teachers that stay with SMOE but you can ask them to represent SMOE at events, (i.e., have them talk to new teachers at the orientations, have them coordinate the current NSETs in their locations to set up social events).
Delegate communication transmissions of your regulations, documentation requirements and policy changes to ONE party and have that party deliver the messages (could be done with a simple listserv).
Standardize the experience by controlling available "set-up/relocation" package (i.e., 500,000 won for all new teachers without any support from the contracted school, or if the apartment is unfurnished; NO support (0 won) for teachers that receive support from the contracted school, or if the apartment is furnished).Negative Outlook
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at SMOE in July 2010.Interview Details
One interview from the recruiting company from Canada via phone. Then one long interview with someone from SMOE. Mostly asking how I would handle stress, living overseas, disciplining children, etc. Once hired I had 4 weeks to pack my life and go. They also like lot of official documents and seals to have those handy at any time.Interview Questions
Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
- How would I deal with children who are unwilling to learn? Answer Question
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