It’s been a busy few months, full of change here at Team Six. The last couple of terms saw us trying some new things for the girls’ education, and they have been working really well! We have new online classes, a new reading approach and schedule, and we’re motoring through some basic skills resources too.
Change also arrived for me (Suzanne). I went ‘back to work’. A chance conversation with a fabulous family travel blogger, who we now count as a friend, led me to a new job. It is a job that is flexible, earns well, and floats my boat – a work from anywhere kind of job.
My new job is with iTutorGroup, teaching English online to Chinese/Taiwanese/Japanese students across the world. I have spent this morning teaching from my home, in my pyjamas, with my company red polo shirt over the top, practising conversational English with a teenager, teaching two very young students some basic colours and names of toys, and had some fun with two primary aged students who are in the early stages of their English learning.
I have been doing the job for eight months now and I’m loving it!
James is also fully embracing change, as he finished working at Providero just before Christmas. After almost five brilliant years working for and with awesome friends in a wonderful tea and coffee shop, it was time for change.
As with mine, James’ change means he is working from home as well. He has a job with the same company as me, iTutorGroup, and he’s well in to his fifth month with them as I write.
We feel so privileged to be in a place where we have work that enables us to be around for the girls; that means we simply need good, reliable internet connection and a quiet space in order to work. So in theory, we can work from anywhere…
My backstory to this new role is this: my love of the English language was drilled, formed and nurtured by my brilliant (but sometimes scary!) English teacher at school, Mrs Taylor. A fabulous old school grammar and vocabulary pedant if I ever met one, but from whom I gained a thorough English 101+ education and to whom I owe a monstrous debt of gratitude.
My A-level English Language teacher, Doctor Adlard, was the perfect foil to Mrs T, drawing me in to the depth and richness of our language. The Doc was flamboyant and passionate and wide ranging in his approach to language. He introduced me to the origins of English: where our words come from, how they made it here, which died out and why the rest survived. He taught me that modern language is exciting and the creation of new vocabulary is a great and exciting thing, not a threat to our language.
Some of you will know that my undergraduate degree was in Linguistics. I enjoyed my degree and it had its highlights, but it was Mrs T and Doc Adlard who instilled in me my love of English (and languages).
So to now, where I find myself working for an international company, providing English lessons to both enthusiastic and coerced learners, and having a total ball doing so! I am thankful for my grounding in English grammar and the language as a whole.
iTutorGroup has been working in this field for just over twenty years. They are currently marketing to students in China, Taiwan, and Japan. They also offer Chinese lessons via one of their platforms – a perk of working for them is access to free Chinese lessons…I’m excited to have a go at those in the coming weeks!
So what do I need to work for iTutorGroup…
- To be a native speaker of English.
- A bachelor’s degree or above.
- TESOL/TEFL/CELTA or equivalent, or be ready to obtain the qualification within three months of being hired.
- Experience of working with/teaching children.
- A good quality computer with an HD webcam.
- Reliable internet with upload/download/ping requirements (this will be tested during your application process).
- A quiet space in which to work.
It also helps to have:
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Energy, creativity and great organisational skills.
If you can tick off all of the above, then iTutorGroup could be the place for you!
Pay scales vary, depending on your qualifications and current location. You will need to commit to working a set pattern of ten hours a week (some of which must be at the weekend), although these hours can be changed once each month. Over and above your ten peak hours, you can schedule yourself as many or as few hours as you like. iTutorGroup offers lessons to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you are interested in finding out more, or know that you would like to apply to work for iTutorGroup, then please message me or James, or leave me a comment below with your contact details. We can walk you through the application process, interview you, and support you as you take your first steps in to your new job.
You too could be working from home, in your pyjamas and earning the money to pay off a debt or fund a project, holiday or treat you have planned!
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