This week, I had three interviews. The first one was at a university for a part-time instructor position. The interview went well and they told me they wanted me to come back the next day for a teaching demo with one of the summer classes. So that evening, I prepared a new lesson, although they said that I could choose something that I have taught before. I wanted to create a new lesson plan since it was an art school so I wanted emphasis on a specific artist.
The next day, I had an interview with a language center in the morning. The interview went really well and the boss even flat out said “I quite like you”. However, she wasn’t too keen on filling out an application for sponsorship of a work visa. The process for getting a working visa can be anywhere from 6-8 weeks and there’s no guarantee that it will be successful. They are interviewing a few more candidates and would let me know. I followed up today with a thank you e-mail and hope to hear back from them.
Later that day was my teaching demo. There were 13 students in the classroom and 3 people observing me teach. Overall, the lesson plan went just okay but the observers liked my lesson plan. It was the most quiet class that I have ever taught and the director of human resources said that I made them talk more than usual. They liked my lesson and the teacher for the class even wanted to go over one of the questions I had for the students that we didn’t have a chance to cover. However, when I went back to the director’s office, she told me that Hong Kong does not allow sponsorships for part-time work. She told me that they just hired someone for the full-time position but if it didn’t somehow work out with him, I would have it (however, this doesn’t seem likely). I was really disappointed to hear that as I was looking forward to working with this university. She did offer me part-time work in the future if I get a full-time working visa from another company. However, Seth said that with a working visa, you are only allowed to work at the school that sponsored you. I will have to check up on that. The director did say that there will be some open full-time positions open next Fall so I could contact them then.
For the third interview, it was for a full-time teaching assistant position. The panel really liked me but the pay was way too low. The were offering 12,000 HKD per month and I’m looking for a minimum of 20,000 HKD per month (which is still quite low for living in HK). They said that they didn’t have a budget for that and that they were really sorry. They said that I was overqualified and that I should apply for primary/secondary/university positions with my qualifications (and I have!). The native English teacher (NET) at the school was really nice and offered me some tips into finding a governmental NET job.
I really hope to hear back from the NET Scheme soon about the review of my documentations. There are fewer job posts from primary schools that need a NET these days as school is starting soon but I did find one today and applied for that. Also, Pat’s dad’s friend forwarded my CV to a principal of a new primary school so I’m looking forward to hearing back (thanks Pat!).
I guess it does make all the difference that my CV now has a local address. I have applied to so many places when I was in Michigan but didn’t get a response from a single school. Now that I have been in Hong Kong for two full weeks, I have gotten three interviews. Not bad! I just hope that I can find something soon but don’t want to settle down on a low paying job. I’m sure something with work out eventually. I just need to be patient and continue to apply to various places.