The unprecedented effects of COVID-19 pandemic has caused the demand for work from home opportunities to significantly increase. One of the fastest growing remote jobs is online teaching.
According to online job portal JobStreet.com, there has been 63 percent increase in education-related job posts as of May 2020, making it the third industry still hiring during the pandemic after BPOs and government services.
To help those interested to pursue this career, temporarily or permanently, JobStreet offers the following information:
Skills may be an advantage
While most online teaching jobs accept fresh graduates with no teaching experience, expect that employers will still assess applicants based on their speaking and grammar skills, and their overall grasp of the English language. Employers may also ask for language certificates such as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL). Some companies may provide free training for hired applicants to equip them with the skills they need to teach efficiently.
Equipment is important
Online teaching employers will also look at other requirements that will be needed for applicants to secure a position as an online teacher. Expect hirers to check if you have a working laptop or computer with webcam, headset, and microphone, a reliable Internet connection, and a quiet space conducive for a virtual class. Applicants should also expect the company conducting an Internet speed test during the application process.
According to JobStreet’s recent job report, the median salary for teaching jobs available on the portal is P22,316. It is also important to note that some of online teachers’ pay also depend on the “bookings” or the classes that they conduct in a day. Candidates who may be considering applying for an online teaching job should expect less pay should they be rendering fewer work hours.
Flexible working schedule
For most online teaching jobs, employees are free to plot their own schedule, choosing the best time for them to hold their sessions. Most companies would require employees to be available at peak hours such as 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekends. Whereas, full time online teachers still render eight-hour shifts every day.
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