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The Future of the Korean ESL Market

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Jason wrote:

What is your predictions about the future of the Korean ESL market? Flooded market or teacher’s market? I would love to you know your insight on the current state of affairs.

I’ve been recruiting for around 4 years and I’ve never seen the teacher market as flooded as I did last year.  Sure, it’s flooded now but definitely not as much as last year when the U.S. economy was in the shits (wait, is that over yet?).  Last year, I definitely saw a shift from relatively less positions with significantly more applicants.  However, from my experience in 2010, it has become more normalized.  Maybe it’s because the growth of the number of available teaching positions outpaced the increase of applicants (the market which is still significantly flooded).

The month of May is always the worst month for recruiting.  In May 2009, this wasn’t an issue for the first time as a recruiter.  This year though, it was definitely a little more tougher (a little more, not a lot), than it was the previous year around the same time.  I believe that it will be a long way before it ever becomes a ‘teacher’s market’.  Even before the economy tanked, it was always a revolving door where instructors were easily replaced by newbies.

As long as the unemployment rate increases in the U.S. (currently at 9.5%), jobs in Korea will definitely become more competitive.  Teaching jobs will always be plentiful in Korea, regardless of the economy.  I would love to say that competitiveness between instructors for teaching jobs will improve the quality of the ESL market in Korea, but we all know that’s not true.  I think that we can just expect an increase of pretty people.

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July 26, 2010 at 10:56 am

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