Whether one is living in Europe, North America, or Australia, the domestic job market can be a challenging place, even for those who have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher. For native English speakers seeking teaching jobs in China the only challenge is choosing which job to take from the multiple job offers one can receive. Through the experience of this author as the director of Opportunity in China, it is assured that our company, and really any agency in our industry, has the capacity to offer a native English speaker holding a bachelor’s degree no fewer than two or three job offers within a couple weeks of receiving their resume and additional documents. Opportunity in China can place a teacher in one of forty cities, in a variety of school types, at any time in the year. The market in China for native English-speaking teachers is truly that hot. In fact, there is a shortage of teachers and there has been since the industry began. Schools lose opportunity daily with the lack of foreign talent currently in China. Meaning, if they had more teachers, they could fill more classrooms. There is always a demand, and instead of competition for jobs being the norm, as it is in Western countries, competition for applicants is the norm in China, if you are a native English speaker.
Due to policy and policy and demographic shifts, it could be speculated that this demand for English teachers will only intensify in the coming years. Recently, the notorious that happened, the trend in English language training was shifting to that of an early-education model. Parents have been for the last half-decade seeking to enroll their children in English classes at earlier ages, some as early as kindergarten and preschool ages. Therefore, over the next several years demand for early-education English training will surge to incredible proportions.
Additionally, the trend for tren for Chinese students choosing to study abroad is also increasing. With basic English-proficiency tests being required for general enrollment at Western universities, students have no choice but to enroll in afterschool, weekend, and summer holiday English training programs. More high schools are adopting international departments as well, instructing their students in English, and some instructing all subject matter in English, as a means to prepare the students for their university experience abroad.
Essentially, the market for foreign teachers, especially native-speaking English teachers, has been booming since its inception Demand for English training services has never ceased to increase, and there is a case to be made that the market is set for a steroid injection as soon as one or two years from now in the form of the parents of young children seeking early education in English.
It should also be noted that English teaching and other education jobs are not the only opportunities in China for foreigners While teaching is usually the proverbial foot in the door, after several years many foreigners in China go on to pursue other careers in administration, trade, acting and performing, and entrepreneurship. In fact, this author knows of relatively few foreigners in China who have remained in the education industry after several years, and those that have are now in very niche, and highly-compensated positions, such as teaching English to famous people(i.e. actors, professional vocalists, foreign diplomates, etc.), grading language proficiency tests ( cake job and surprisingly lucrative), or as marketers for English training companies.