Meet an Employee – Katie - Emergency Teacher for the Chubu Region!
1. Where are you from?
Long Island, New York
2. Where did you start?
3. How long have you worked for AEON?
4. What does your job entail?
Being an emergency teacher means I fill in for sick teachers, or other things the school needs. I help trainers at the head office with gathering materials for initial training and sitting in on study meetings.
5. What made you decide to become an Emergency Teacher?
I wanted to experience other schools and interact with a wider variety of people. Also, being an ET gives me a chance to see how other schools function and the techniques they use to work together successfully!
6. What's something interesting you've done while living in Japan?
The great thing about being a teacher in Nagoya is you can really connect with students and coworkers. Without their company, I probably never would have had the chance to climb waterfalls, attend a tea ceremony lesson, and make pottery!
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For four decades, the AEON Corporation of Japan has been an innovator in the field of English education, offering exceptional classroom and internet opportunities to study and master the language. Founded in 1973, AEON has grown to become one of the largest and most respected private educational institutes of its kind, with more than 3,000 employees. Current student enrollment exceeds 80,000 in more than 250 branch schools located within every prefecture of Japan. AEON employs a teaching staff of over 500 teachers and education specialists from English-speaking nations.
The AEON Corporation of Japan offers language instruction in a variety of group and private classes to Japanese students of all ages.
The main focus of AEON is to help Japanese adults and children improve their conversational English ability. For adults, AEON offers opportunities for our students to improve their everyday conversational ability as well as more specialized courses designed for business English and standardized test preparation. For children, AEON Kids lessons are designed to make learning English fun, while at the same time providing our students with a strong conversational foundation for their future. The majority of teachers at AEON instruct both adults and children.
AEON makes the transition to your new life in Japan as smooth as possible both professionally and personally. Before departing for Japan, all teachers will have their AEON-sponsored Japanese work visa in hand. When you arrive, you will be met at the airport by an AEON representative and taken to the training center with your training mates.
Initial Training is about a week long and teachers practice the AEON teaching method, learn business responsibilities and learn about working in Japanese business culture before going off to their schools. Members of each Training Group bond together quickly, so making your first friends in Japan is easy. Then, it’s off to your new school and apartment. Directly after Training, you’ll move into your furnished apartment and get started making it your “home.” Take a look at some AEON teachers’ apartments here: http://www.aeonet.com/life-in-japan/your-apartment/
During the first few days at the school, you will have a crossover period with the outgoing teacher to get some on-the-job training before teaching students on your own. The school staff will also help set up a Japanese bank account. As you get into the swing of things at work, you will also start making more friends in your community, starting with the students at your school. AEON encourages our teachers to become friends with students; getting tips on where to eat and fun things to do is a great way to get to know your new city. Schools also hold different seasonal events for the students and staff to get together outside of school throughout the year, such as Halloween and Christmas parties as well as cherry blossom viewing parties and barbecues.
AEON’s salary provides for a good standard of living in Japan and allows teachers the opportunity to travel. Teachers often take weekend trips to nearby tourist locations and travel throughout Japan, or to other Asian countries, during the three week-long paid vacation periods. It’s a great chance to explore Japan and the surrounding areas!
Professionally, AEON provides continual training for our teachers in the forms of Follow-up Training, Professional Development Workshops and Teaching Clinics to help all teachers grow as educators who can best meet the needs of AEON’s students.
AEON is dedicated to the success and advancement of our students. Furthermore, AEON is dedicated to helping our teachers grow professionally as well as personally. The training and work experience at AEON allows individuals to leave Japan with real skills which will be useful to them in whatever profession they choose to pursue.
Those interested in the business world will leave with an increased awareness and understanding of one of the world’s strongest economic powers. Those interested in the arts and humanities will leave with knowledge of a unique and interesting country with thousands of years of history. No matter what you pursue after your experience in Japan, there are always benefits to learning a new language, interacting with people from other cultures, and widening your global perspectives.
You will gain valuable presentation skills that can be used in any future profession. Further, your resume will show that you have successfully lived and worked in a foreign environment.
AEON offers teaching positions for every month of the year and regularly holds interview sessions at our offices in Los Angeles and New York City. Recruiting trips are also conducted throughout the year in many cities across the US, Canada, England and Australia. AEON’s Tokyo Recruiting Office conducts interviews for individuals currently living in Japan with a valid work visa.
Through the recruiting locations page, candidates choose the most convenient recruiting location and submit their resume and essay. Applications are screened and successful candidates are offered an interview over Skype.
Candidates complete a brief (10-20 minute), professional interview over Skype. During the Skype Interview, candidates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and discuss the responsibilities of an AEON teacher. Successful candidates will be invited to a General Meeting and Group Interview.
The General Meeting and Group Interview is an in-person interview where candidates will be able to learn more about AEON (and also observe and teach short lesson demonstrations).
Candidates are responsible for any expenses incurred in traveling to the interview sessions. Candidates must attend all stages of the interview process in order to be considered for a position with AEON. For those who live in countries outside of the areas where AEON has recruiting locations, it may be possible to complete the interview process through Skype.
Candidates who pass the Group Interview will be offered a Personal Interview later in the same day.
After a candidate has successfully completed the Personal Interview, AEON will begin the position search. When placing successful candidates, we take into consideration what unique set of strengths they can bring to the school, as well as the needs of the school and students. We also want our candidates to feel comfortable with their placement in Japan. During the interview process, candidates will be asked their preferences regarding school location, number of children’s classes they would like to teach, and the timing of their departure. AEON will try to accommodate these requests to the best of our ability. However, we are not always able to fulfill the requests since we can only offer positions that are open.
When a position offer is made, we will inform the candidate of the exact contract dates, location of the school, and types of lessons currently being taught at the school. Additionally, the candidate will have the opportunity to read AEON’s Contract and Policy Manual thoroughly before signing.
All AEON teachers begin their career at one of our 250+ branch schools in Japan. The initial contract is for one year and is renewable based on the teacher’s performance. While at the school, teachers conduct 30 lessons per week on average and the rest of their time is spent contributing to the business side of the school. AEON teachers not only gain teaching experience, they also gain international business experience. Both of which are useful for whatever career path they choose to pursue in the future.
AEON doesn’t require any previous teaching experience. We offer a paid Initial Training (approximately one-week long) when teachers first arrive in Japan and continual trainings and workshops throughout the teachers’ time with us.
Many teachers decide to renew their contracts to work with AEON for longer than one year. There are no limits to contract renewals and we have many teachers who have been at their schools for multiple years to continuously help their students improve their English conversation skills. AEON also offers advancement opportunities within the company for teachers who want to work in Japan for many years. For more information about AEON's career opportunities, click here: http://www.aeonet.com/life-at-aeon/career-opportunities/.
After finishing their contracts and leaving AEON, our teachers return home to pursue further education or careers in fields such as teaching, international business, law, medicine and many more. The experiences gained by working in a Japanese company prove valuable no matter what career path one chooses in the future.
In addition to the excellent work experience, our teachers get to experience real life in Japan. From taking care of daily tasks to exploring all the beautiful historical and amazing modern sites Japan has to offer, teachers gain a deep appreciation and love for Japan.
I have been working at AEON Corporation of Japan full-time
Everyday is a little different, and it's a busy, fast-paced work environment. It's really nice to be allowed to become friends with your adult students, and I'm really close with some of my colleagues too. It's a great way to gain teaching experience and classroom management experience while working with students of all ages. Small class sizes, students are really excited to learn. I've learned a lot about Japan and get to travel a lot on the weekends. It's nice to have one week day off because touristy places aren't as busy, and you can get things done like going to the dentist. The curriculum is actually based on solid teaching principles and fits well with what Japanese students need help with. The new kids lessons are really great too.
Sometimes the schedules are uneven, with one teacher being very busy and others not having as many classes. Every school is different, but it's hard to not compare your experience with your friends.
Advice to Management
Even if you don't speak English very well, do your best to communicate with the foreign teachers. It's our job to speak with Japanese students all day, so don't be shy or nervous!
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at AEON Corporation of Japan in September 2017.
I applied online and was invited to have a SKYPE interview. It was around 15 minutes long. I highly suggest reading over AEON's website, because the interviewer will ask questions about the company and the job positions based off information provided on the website. Also wear business formal attire with pants because you will have to stand and present why you want to work for AEON. Being outgoing, energetic and expressing excitement about working for the company is a must. The interviewer invited me to the in-person interview at the end of the SKYPE interview.
The in-person interview consisted of a 12 hr process that included a 3hr~ presentation of the company and contract and stipulation, 2 mock lessons (one for children one for adults), a grammar quiz, and if you passed all of these you would be invited to the one-on-one interview.
My advice is showing 15 mins early to the interview for Japanese cultural purposes, look interested, be engaged, socialize with other applicants, take notes, and ask questions. Wear business formal but add a pop of color with your tie, shirt, or accessories.
The interviewer will show you how she/he wants you to present the mock lessons so PAY ATTENTION. The kids mock lesson will be with a group and the adult mock lesson will be by yourself. Give a lot of praise during your mock interview, use names, and be silly with the kids mock lesson.
The grammar test was short, just brush up on commonly misspelled words, homonyms, and tenses.
If you did well during the mock lesson and grammar quiz, you will be invited to the one-on-one interview. The interviewer will give you feedback on your lesson, show you again how to give a lesson emphasizing on corrections you need to make, and then you will give the mock lesson again. All the mock lessons were 5 minutes. The interviewer will ask you questions about the company, any concerns you may have, your location preferences, and other things and then you're done.
Overall I felt that the interview went very well and the interviewer was very kind and gave useful feedback. Less than a week after my interview I was offered a position and accepted. The entire interview process took 2 weeks. Good Luck, I hope this was helpful!
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