Chungdahm Learning is a massive company that has various branches and franchises domestically and globally. Recently, CDL expanded its international horizons, and has opened up new academies all over Vietnam. The company also has locations in Philippines and America.
The opportunity to move around the company and experience different roles and jobs are endless. Instructors can work their way up in the company and be promoted into various roles. The roles could include being a trainer or team leader or even a faculty manager. Teachers could even be considered to work at CDL Headquarters in Seoul as content producers or textbook designers; using other skills they might have.
Domestically or internationally you could transfer every year or so, to new locations at a different branches nationwide or to an international franchise affiliate. Recently, I had the opportunity to transfer to a different branch in Seoul. I worked at Jamsil Branch in Sincheon for two years and moved this Summer semester to Songpa Branch opposite Olympic Park. The transition went smoothly and I have enjoyed learning from it. The experience of moving locations at CDL has been beneficial for my career as a teacher and useful for personal improvement. Here are the top three elements I have benefited and learned from.
1. Mobility Could Benefit Your Career
Moving to various branch locations could be beneficial in many ways. As a teacher, teaching experience and mentorship, is vitally important for your advancement as a teacher. Going to a new branch could push you out of your comfort zone and teach you how to be more competitive within a new environment. It is a fresh start and you have to work hard in the beginning to adjust to your new academy. There might be a very different style to your last academy and a new way to do tasks and teacher expectations. There will also be a new management system with various team leaders and a new way that your faulty manager prefers to run your branch.
In my experience, transferring from one branch to another, has had more positives than negatives for my career as a teacher. Of course, if I were changing companies every two years, that would not look so great, but Chungdahm Learning is one massive corporation. Teachers forget this, and don’t necessarily foresee all the endless doors and opportunities available within the company. In my experience, I have learned how to be more sociable and comfortable in front of students. By being pushed out of my comfort zone, I have gained a skill that is vitally important for any future job I will have – confidence. Also, being pushed to show a more passionate teacher who wants to constantly learn and better myself, has helped not only my reputation as a teacher but, also in my personal pursuit living in Korea. I do not feel stagnant, but constantly progressing in my job, which in the end is good for my resume.
2. Opportunity to Teach New Courses
Chungdahm likes teachers who have experience in teaching many different levels and classes. At a new location you could offer to learn how to teach new courses and challenge yourself to learn new skills and mentorship from other experienced teachers. At every location, there will be experienced veterans who have various insight into teaching methodologies, and how to approach the classroom. This could be anything from classroom discipline styles to ways to liven up your teaching abilities.
Being a teacher is about constantly learning and updating your knowledge and expertise. Teaching in Korea for CDL is the perfect environment to embrace with this kind of attitude and flourish into the kind of teacher you want to be. There is no better opportunity to learn from other ESL teachers, whether experienced or not, to see how they use their creative energy in the classroom. A tip is to have an open mind always, and accept that you are never fully developed as a teacher, there is always room for improvement.
For example, if you would like to be a Master Literature teacher, you could ask your FM if you could learn from an experienced teacher and watch their classes. Or if you would like a lively way to teach IBT (TOEFL), you could simply chat to various experienced IBT teachers to see what their classroom methodologies are like and learn interesting ways to spice things up.
3. Spice up your Social Life and Zest for Life
They say “a change is a good as a holiday”. Moving to a new Chungdahm location pushes ESL teachers to re-adjust their sails and re-think all the goals they have for the next couple of years. Meeting new people with different life strategies or work goals, could be really good for your self-esteem and promotion of your career. Obviously, this depends on the reason you are transferring, but if it is for positive reasons, then using the opportunity to move around the company could really create a person with a colorful outlook on life.
What I mean by “colorful” is your experiences of dealing with different working environments and new personalities from all over the world! CDL has interesting and competitive teachers who are passionate about life and what they do weekly. There are endless occasions to experience various human interactions and a chance to understand and socialize with new cultures. The amount of interesting conversations you could have on a daily basis will end up being the moments of teaching abroad you will never forget. Not only that, you could make a wonderfully diverse network of friends, which you can later visit on your future travels. For instance, I have had the opportunity to be invited all over the world, and have crashed on a couch in London; went sightseeing in Interlaken and even sat on the Taipei 101 with an old Korean ESL friend.
It is no surprise that Tijana Huysamen, a South African born Capetownian, avid traveler and travel journalist, fell in love with South Korea and its people. After Tijana arrived in South Korea in 2010, she had the opportunity to live in the heart of the Korean countryside. During her time spent in Chungnam province she learned to speak Korean, prepare Korean food and experience the humble nature of the countryside people. After a year break in New York, Tijana jumped at the opportunity to return to Korea again, and is currently working at the CDI Jamsil Branch, in Jamsil, Seoul. Read Tijana’s Aclipse blog to gain a unique perspective on Korea and her shared experiences and adventures both in a major city and in the countryside. Follow Tijana on Twitter @TeeAnni or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information on teaching in Korea!