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Teachers who have been hired domestically in Japan are off to their branch schools after completing initial training! For those who are able to enter Japan on a Japanese passport, training is done remotely while the teacher completes their 14 day quarantine period. No matter how training is completed, accommodations are taken care of by AEON and training is paid! Safety is always a top priority at AEON, so masks, daily temperature checks, and lots of cleaning are now part of all training and safety protocol at the AEON Schools.
Our schools are introducing a new student coaching program, AEON UP! This program uses data, lessons, home study, and coaching to give students personalized feedback and achieve their English goals. Students will receive once-a-month coaching sessions with certified AEON coaches to design their personalized English training program. AEON UP! Focuses on motivating the students, using English in practical situations, and matching the training to the students lifestyle to help students actualize their English goals.
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 worked at AEON Corporation of Japan full-time (More than a year)
Teaching is amazing! Seeing your students improve is the most rewarding part, and I feel like I actually made a difference.
You get supported all the way through your time at Aeon. From setting up your apartment and cellphone to training and helping you adjust to Japan. I felt like the company had my back.
You get paid well! Also, the apartment is rent capped so I lived pretty comfortably.
You will grow as a person. It's a big challenge, and not everyone is going to work out but I don't regret a moment!
It's super tough at first. Especially teaching kids, I was tired a lot in my first month. But keep going and you'll get through.
If you don't speak Japanese, you lose a lot of independence. I remember that even grocery shopping was exhausting because of the language barrier.
You will have to recommend and sell materials. It's part of the job, but a lot of people seem surprised by it. (I actually got my current job because I had the sales experience at Aeon, so I guess it worked out!)
Advice to Management
I know that managers aren't hired for their English, but please try to translate more office information!
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at AEON Corporation of Japan (Nashville, TN) in March 2020.
It was very straightforward. First, you have a skype interview if they invite you after reviewing your online application. Think of that as a weed-out interview. Next, if you do well, they invite you to an in-person group interview, which hopefully followed by a personal interview. My interviewer was very friendly and put the interviewees at ease. Just be yourself, be respectful, and make sure you follow their dress code and come prepared. Note: I'm waiting to hear back on whether they'll extend an offer or not. So far it's been less than a week since the personal and group interviews.
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