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Question :

I’ve heard that the pay in teaching is quite high in Hong Kong even for part time work which would suit me fine. Can you please tell me the approximate pay scale to expect teaching at a kindergarten versus university or business college etc. Which would have better hours and better remuneration? Also, what qualifications would I need to acquire. I have a business degree and I’m a native English speaker and writer.

Posted by Jane on Thursday, 13 Jun 2013

Comments :

Bernadette Duffy

Posted Friday 28th June 2013 10:21:00 PM


You won't get better advice than this. I truly hope you take what Sydney says seriously as life is too short for anything less. I wish you the best in choosing your path to work. The payment will follow.

Sidney Yuen - Career Doctor

Posted Wednesday 26th June 2013 02:15:00 AM


Dear Jane, It seems to me that your motivation to get into teaching is better hours and better remuneration. I assume that you are a newcomer to Hong Kong? And like many places in Asia, Hong Kong attracts quite a lot of expatriate English teachers working here as demand for English teachers usually exceeds supply. While, I don't know where you are from exactly, it is true that the pay in teaching is relatively high in HK compared to the UK for instance. For full-time kindergarten teaching positions you will need a degree plus a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), or education degree and experience of teaching. For tertiary full-time teaching, a graduate degree is recommendable. For part-time teaching, you’ll need a degree with some teaching experience. However, a number of private schools hire teachers who may not have such qualifications due to a lack of suitably qualified teachers. These teachers may not be paid competitively. It is a bit of a give and take situation. The more important question you should ask yourself is “what makes you happy and want to come to work every Monday?". If you enjoy teaching and in your case, you enjoy being with children and teenagers and have the patience, care and the desire to developing a child's potential, then this is for you. However, if you just want a job that gives you higher salary and better hours, you have choices like being a freelance writer or a business consultant. I personally do not believe in the concept of “work-life balance”, work is an integrated part of life, We spend about one third of our life working, if you don’t enjoy the work, it would be a terrible waste of your time, talent and existence. Lastly, my other question to you is “why do you need a better salary and better hours?” so that you can do something you really enjoy? What is it? Have you thought of turning “it” into work and you will enjoy every minute of it. I have a friend who resigned as a partner in a big four firm, and started a café as she enjoys meeting customers and great coffee. She is even earning more than what she made at her previous job. Good luck! Sidney

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