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Real Voices: Leigh


We recently spoke with Leigh, a licensed teacher from Australia who is one year into a direct hire contract at a private Elementary school. Here's what he had to say about direct hire!


Tell us a little about yourself and your work history.

I have been living in Japan for five years now. The first two years of my time in Japan, I spent working in a small eikaiwa company, a job which was mainly teaching children. The next two years I spent working as an ALT with a major dispatch company, and during this time I worked at a number of different elementary and junior high schools. For the last 12 months, I have been working as a direct hire at a private elementary school in Tokyo. 


What is your current position? What's a typical day like?

I am currently employed as a full-time English teacher, as well as working as a sub-home-room teacher for the 4th grade. A typical day for me involves teaching 3 or 4 English classes per day, assisting with home room duties, supervising the children's play outside, as well as attending meetings and preparing classes. A busy, but enjoyable day!


What are some differences you've noticed between being a dispatched teacher and being directly hired?

The main difference that I have noticed between being a direct hire teacher is that you are given more responsibility but also more freedom when it comes to preparing and teaching lessons. As a direct hire teacher, I am working at the same school every day and so I get to really know the teachers and students well, and I really feel like a part of the team.


What advice would you give a teacher who wanted a direct hire position?

For teachers wanting a direct hire position, I advise deciding what age group you are interested in teaching, what type of school, and what type of lessons. From there, work hard, always try to improve your teaching and ask around amongst teachers, principals, and school staff about direct hire possibilities in the future.


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