Online Teaching 101

July 08, 2020
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What to expect when applying for the job

THE new normal life now is more on online and digital.

The unprecedented effects of COVID-19 pandemic has caused the demand for work from home opportunities to significantly increase. With layoff and long period of quarantine, individuals have started exploring other job openings that are fit for the current situation.

According to online job portal JobStreet.com, there has been 63 percent increase in education-related job posts as of May 2020, making it the third industry that is still hiring during the pandemic after BPOs and government services.

With talents prioritizing opportunities that allow them to work remotely, online teaching jobs have become one of the top choices of people to apply for. To know what you are getting yourself into when undertaking this new career path, JobStreet shared what you need to expect when applying for an online teaching job.

* Skills may be an advantage. While most online teaching jobs accept fresh graduates with no teaching experience, expect that hirers will still assess applicants based on their speaking and grammar skills, and their overall grasp of the English language. Employers may also ask for language certificates such as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL), however these are not necessarily required but encouraged by employers. Some companies may also provide free training for hired applicants to equip them with the skills they need to teach efficiently.

* Equipment is important. Online teaching employers will also look at other requirements that will be needed for you to secure a position as an online teacher. Expect hirers to check if you have good working laptop or computer with a webcam, headset, microphone, a reliable internet connection, and a quiet space conducive for a virtual class. Applicants should also expect the company conducting an internet speed test during the application process to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted class sessions if you get hired.

* Competent salary. Applicants may also expect a higher pay for online teaching position than most entry level jobs in the market. According to JobStreet’s recent job report, the median salary for teaching jobs available on the portal is P22,316. It is also important to note that some of online teachers’ pay also depend on the “bookings” or the classes that they have conducted in a day. Candidates who may be considering applying for an online teaching job should expect less pay should they be rendering fewer work hours.

* Flexible working schedule. Expect that you have more freedom in choosing your schedule and the number of hours you work in a day. For most online teaching jobs, employees are free to plot their own schedule, choosing the best time for them to hold their sessions. Most companies would require employees to be available at these peak hours such as 7 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. Whereas, full time online teachers still render 8-hour shifts every day.

Working remotely has become a new normal in the face of the ongoing pandemic. And while there are new opportunities emerging in the job market, it is also important to know which job fits your skillsets and learn the basics to put yourself at an advantage amongst the many applicants.