Katarina, Online English Teacher at Acadsoc.
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How many of us stumble upon an opportunity that will change our lives by chance? Being consumed by something totally different and you happen to stumble on an open door that lets you imagine new possibilities and opportunities. These experiences only occur occasionally so it’s imperative to grab each and every one of them with both hands and make the most of it – with Acadsoc I did just that.
How I Found Acadsoc
I was once working with an agent in my place for a famous ESL company, providing lessons to both children and adults. For over six months the tutors were not paid accordingly and portions of their salaries were being stolen and withheld by the agent. This left many of us really disgruntled and in search of alternative opportunities. While conducting my research on the top ten ESL companies to work for, I stumbled upon a link for Acadsoc. Well, the rest is history.
Application as an online English teacher
The process of applying is so easy. The site was very easy to navigate and all the pertinent information that a tutor requires is all readily available on the first page. I submitted all my relevant information with my CV included. I was alerted that my application was received and that I should check my emails in the next few days. I took that time to assess my connection status in my home office and ascertained that my connection was cabled, my computer was up to date, I bought a new webcam and headset. When the email arrived, I added all the relevant people on my Skype and scheduled an interview time – it was the following day. The interview consisted of a few personal questions, not intrusive, but to ascertain the type of candidate I was. I do not remember us speaking about my qualifications. Soon after that, we conducted a quick mock class, which I faced with ease because I was already so experienced.
When I was told that I had passed and I would be teaching within the week, I was so happy, I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. The next step was training, which the bulk of it would be self-study. I completed my training without rushing although certain parts of it were relatively easy due to my experience.
One of the greatest challenges I faced was to juggle my work with the agent and starting my new job with Acadsoc. The best decision I took was to resign from the agent although I had not recovered a large portion of my missing salaries. When I was at home, not getting regular income was a great worry of mine. I had to try my best adjust myself from bad temper and face the new job.
My First Class
I will never forget my first class. It was a trial class and to my surprise, in twenty-five minutes our class was over, and to add to that, the student enrolled. Not only did I receive my class fee that was way more than my previous rate, I received an enrolment bonus, plus, the student was mine – I would teach her for all her classes.
Where I am Now
Today, I have taken up so many opportunities that have come my way and that is all thanks to Acadsoc. With the company’s support, I am now a top tutor and be able to share my stories with my peers here. Thank you, Acadsoc! Thank you for all the opportunities and understanding to a loser who once lost her job and hope.