What's the average age of English teachers?

by Chris
(Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii)

Am I to old to teach ESL in Japan?

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Jan 03, 2018
ESL Applicant Ages
by: John

Hi Chris,

The type of position you are are applying for has a large impact on applicant age.

For example, for entry level positions i.e. The Jet Program, ALT work or eikaiwa work like Nova, Berlitz, etc., the average age is young.

JET wants young teachers as they have a youth experience exchange element woven into their core operating principle.

ALT employees tend to be a bit older. No hard or fast rules but many are mid twenties to early/late thirties.

Eikaiwa has a bit more flexibility and hire teachers who are even older.

Then there are small English schools that want experienced teachers and they hire for quality of teaching so age doesn't have so much bearing as long as the applicants health is adequate.

And finally you have the high-end private universities and public university positions who hire based on experience, publications, teaching certifications etc.

So the bottom line is, it all depends on the type of work you are pursuing.

I hope this helps and good luck!

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