Right now, more and more schools in Japan are shifting their hiring policy away from short-lived ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) contracts to investing in the long-term employment of foreign educators. With EduCareer, those who are interested in teaching English in Japan for the long term can find new opportunities across the country that will allow them to truly grow and develop, professionally and personally.
Founded in 2001, Tokyo-based firm EduCareer is a new service offered by Global Partners, education specialists who place teachers into the Japanese education system. The company helps passionate and professional teachers pursue a career path in Japanese education — from elementary school to university positions and beyond.
Teaching in Japan with EduCareer
Postings range from teachers at private elementary and high schools, to instructors at universities and corporate companies. Both part-time and full-time teacher positions are available. EduCareer also deals with public schools and are able to act as a dispatch agency for teachers on behalf of the local Board of Education.
Currently, English teaching positions are mainly available in private elementary and junior high schools in the Kanto area, though the company also offers postings to Kansai and other regions of Japan.
Who they’re looking for
As an educator placed by EduCareer, you will run classes independently and work closely together with the Japanese staff at your school or company to improve the English-language curriculum. You’ll be there to educate and inspire; to make a difference to young minds with your unique perspective.
EduCareer value good communicators, and people who appreciate Japanese culture, customs and the joys of living in Japan. That being said, EduCareer always understands the struggles that many foreign teachers face in a Japanese work environment and strive to do their best to represent their teachers, fully communicating their needs and interests to their employer.
Ultimately, their policy is simple: “Education first.” EduCareer believes that at the base level, all native teachers can contribute by being a presence in the classroom that exposes students to different cultural experiences. But when teachers work together with schools and companies to help transform the Japanese education system — that’s when EduCareer have done their job.
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