If you’re thinking of pursuing overseas job opportunities with Aeon English school, but are unsure of what will be required of you and how the whole interview process goes, you’re in luck. We’ve put together some tips and strategies to help get you through it.
Withstanding the shakeout that killed off Nova English schools in 2007 and wiped out Geos allowing G. Communications to clean things up with a buyout of around 200 of their branches, Aeon with its 250 plus schools nation wide continues to be a viable overseas teaching opportunities for many just starting out in ESL teaching.
Their Recruitment Mechanism
Aeon primarily recruits and filters applicants via. their on-line application forms. No need to sweat about deadlines like the Jet Program as their well-oiled recruitment machine grinds on pretty much 24/7 with applications accepted year around backed up with weekly interviews in a host of U.S. cities and a few other countries.
Being primarily U.S. based, their main interview locations are Los Angeles and New York. However they do have locations in Toronto, Honolulu, Melbourne, Brisbane and London. If you are already in Japan they do grant interviews for those with valid visas out of their Tokyo branch on a weekly basis. For all interview locations you can go to http://www.aeonet.com/recruiting-locations/
What Type of Teacher They Look For
Like Nova , Geos and ECC, Aeon mandates that “candidates must have an accredited Bachelor's degree combined with a strong understanding and masterful command of the English language, and a genuine interest in the culture and people of Japan as well as in teaching and business.” Well anyway, that's what they say on their website. And it's true. Teacher turnover is high for Aeon and company as your average teacher stays in Japan 3 years before packing it in.
Like the other schools who basically only hire native English speakers, you can get a position if you have 10 years of education provided that English is the primary mode of instruction. More info. on what big English schools are looking for here.
How the Whole Process Goes
Provided you meet their basic qualifications, you fill out their on-line application form. If your application survives the first cut you’ll be invited to an informational meeting and group interview. Their application is about as straight forward as it gets. They want:
Their marketing department also wants to know about how you found out about them - it helps in targeting and demographics for their sales dept. etc.
If you choose to attend the informational meeting, you'll get a massive amount of info. on what their company is like, what life in Japan is like, what to expect teaching in Japan, contact or teaching hours and the usual propaganda. If you like what you hear, the group interview is the next step. More info on contact hours here. After they give their presentation, there will be a question and answer session, where you’ll be able to ask your personal questions and get answers to things not covered.
Overseas Job Opportunities with Aeon: The Group Interview
During the group interview, you'll be asked to give a short (and I do mean short sample lesson - roughly 5 minutes.) The other interviewees will be your "students." You'll also be given a short written test - it's quite basic so don't sweat this part.
Advice For Your Trial Lesson
In a word, don’t be boring. In other words, don’t do rote vocabulary drills etc. Don’t have them read passages from a book, after all, the job is English conversation right? Keep it fun and focused and most importantly simple.
The Next Step
After the group presentations, you’ll be given a sealed envelope, which will tell you if you made the cut. (Gotta love the drama!) If you did, you’ll be invited back on a different day to do a personal interview.
The Personal Interview
In the personal interview, you’ll be required to give a 10 minute lesson. The interviewer will be the student. Usually they’ll give you a few minutes to plan it. Aeon wants to make sure you can move in an organized fashion through the lesson. Basically you want to introduce the key grammar point or concept and then run a short speaking exercise off of it.
There are tons of sample ESL lessons available on the net so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding something that is interesting. If you survive this final cut, they’ll extend a 1 year contract to you, give you details on where you’ll be located, send you a prep manual and start processing your visa.
Other Overseas Job Opportunities
If you didn't make the cut, it's no biggy. There are teaching gigs of all shapes and sizes not to mention a host of other overseas job opportunities outside the ESL arena.
Survival Tips and Other Information
There are scads of overseas job opportunities with large chain schools, not to mention ALT and JET jobs. See our knock-down and drag-out salary and benefits comparison of the top English conversation schools here to see if Aeon is right for you. If you're not sure, you can look for more work on our job postings page.