I am a recent graduate from the University of Missouri, studying both business and Chinese. I wanted to find an opportunity to heighten my language skills for future employment, and discovered that teaching ESL was one of the fastest mean in which to gain employment in China. Little did I know that teaching English here at York would make me rethink my entire career. I am currently working as an English instructor at the Xihu branch, which is situated right beside one of the most beautiful tourist locations in all of Fuzhou, West Lake Park. I’m a relatively new teacher at York, wrapping up my first quarter, and completely new to the education field, but the support and inclusiveness of the staff allowed me to fit in much quicker than I could have ever expected.
When it comes to ESL, choosing a school isn’t easy, in fact it can be quite an exhausting process. This is especially true when you have no experience working overseas and must rely mostly on company’s self-acclimation and web presence. I had read numerous horror stories of misleading companies taking advantage of unwary teachers; therefore, I was extremely cautious about moving forward with those that were quick to hand me a contract. Prior to my decision to sign with York English I had interviewed with over a dozen schools, both public and private, but none of them stood out to me like York did. They were meticulous with their interviews, really taking the time to assess my skills and personality, and professional in their delivery, laying out their teaching philosophy, the details of the job, and their expectations in a comparatively thorough manner. After my first interview I knew that York was the right fit for me.