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In Case You Missed It: Day in the Life at Great Oaks Charter

Did you miss Tutor and Co-Teacher Brittany’s day working at Great Oaks Charter? If so, click on the link below for a recap.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Apply on CareerNet for their Tutor position: Job ID: 913879

In Case You Missed It: Day in the Life at Success Academy

Did you miss Molly’s day as a 5th Grade Lead Teacher at Success Academy Harlem West? If so, click on the logo below for a recap.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Check out their numerous opportunities on Career Net.

What’s Next? Education

Are you interested in a career in education but don’t want to be a teacher? Come to Wasserman on Wednesday, October 23rd at 12:30pm to hear from various professionals who work in and around education and obtain tips to advance your career. Sign up on Career Net and attend!

Panelists include representatives from the following organizations:

Alumni Guest Blog: South Korea

Name: Christian Clampitt
Graduation Date (month/year):
May 2012
NYU School/Program/Major:
College of Arts and Science, Philosophy

Current Title: Guest English Teacher
Current Organization/Employer:
Korean Ministry of Education
Current Location:
Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea

Where are you from originally? Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Littleton, Colorado.

Did you study abroad while at NYU? If so, where? What skills/experiences did you have while abroad that prepared you to work globally (if applicable)?

I did not study abroad while at NYU. I was a transfer student; while at my previous university I studied abroad in England. (Transferring to NYU, New York itself felt like an exotic location!)

For going abroad, what’s most relevant is your patience, especially the greater the length of time abroad.

Three months abroad (whether working or studying) allows plenty of cultural exploration, but concludes before the ‘honeymoon’ is over. The period after the enchantment is when challenging cultural differences genuinely appear. Anyone can read about a cultural difference, but the actual practice of navigating cultural differences day after day requires the virtue of patience. Are you patient enough to reflect on how cultural others interpret your behavior? Are you patient enough to set aside your own feelings in order to accommodate the other culture’s approach?

(It’s best to learn to like the differences, but if they were so easily overcome, they wouldn’t be cultural differences! So in the meantime, there is patience.)

I learned to practice the virtue of patience in England, but I’m learning it even more in South Korea. If you’re planning on short term work abroad, then the same skills that make you a great student (ingenuity, independence, responsibility) will make you a great young professional. But if you’re planning to work abroad longer, you’ll need to supplement your regular skills with greater patience.

How did you end up working in South Korea? Were you targeting that location specifically or seeking a position abroad?

At my previous university I took an ESL course, had many Korean friends and attended a Korean-language church. The pastor taught me how to read and write Korean! As my graduation from NYU neared, I knew I wanted to spend some time abroad after college. I had always wanted but never been able to visit Asia, and since I already knew some Korean, South Korea seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Did you encounter challenges pertaining to visa/work authorization or language barriers during your job search and the application for this position?  How did you overcome them?

The Korean Ministry of Education’s English Program in Korea (“EPIK”) makes a great effort to minimize the language barrier and manage the ‘paperwork,’ especially during the application and orientation processes, by allowing applicants to use English-language agencies. For example, I researched EPIK independently but then used an ESL placement agency (ESLstarter) to guide me through the application, interview and visa documentation. The founder, Claire, even met me at Incheon airport!

What types of activities/experiences prepared you to work internationally? (classes, extracurriculars, study abroad, internships, etc.) 

Language and history classes are very beneficial. Even if English is commonly spoken at your destination, knowing some of the local non-English language communicates respect and care. Knowing some history also demonstrates that you find the location and culture interesting and worthy of study.

What are some of the benefits and challenges of working in South Korea specifically, and outside of the U.S. more generally?

Korea is a small country in a great global location. Nothing is ever too far: I can take an inexpensive and comfortable bus to Seoul, a city bigger than New York, or to Beopjusa, a Buddhist temple on a secluded mountain range. Both trips only take an hour and a half. And when you’ve finished exploring Korea, it’s easy to fly to New Zealand, China, Japan or the Philippines.

The challenge I have to mention is the high language barrier. Korean isn’t as hard to learn as Mandarin or Thai, and in many ways I like it more than English – but it’s still hard work to learn. And since it’s not uncommon for a Korean’s English to stop at ‘Hello’ and ‘Nice to meet you,’ you will have difficulty communicating if you don’t learn some Korean.

Sometimes, a cultural difference can be a benefit or a challenge, depending upon your patience and attitude. For example, the younger generation considers itself increasingly westernized and therefore modern, though Korea is still very much an East Asian culture. For example, this means that while there are more nearby high-end coffee shops in my “small” city of 600,000 than in my old neighborhood in Manhattan, the work culture remains very communal. I regularly play volleyball, get coffee and eat dinner with my office co-teachers and even the whole school. At first this work culture felt like an intrusion into my private time – but I was patient and now I quite enjoy it! I’ve even gone camping and fishing and traveled to Jeju Island with co-teachers. So, some cultural differences that initially feel like a challenge may become a benefit.

I think this is true for working outside of the U.S. more generally: cultural differences, depending upon your attitude, are either the main benefits or the main challenges of working abroad.

What advice would you give to students who are interested in a position like yours? (tips, resources, etc.)

Teaching English abroad is a great way to travel and to live abroad; there are many destinations and various short term and long-term opportunities available. Some places require TESL certification and/or a degree in education, but many don’t (Korea only requires a degree). For those interested, I would recommend researching TESL and exploring the community at sites like Dave’s ESL Cafe. I used ESLstarter as my recruiter – Claire was immensely helpful. Once you’ve decided on the destination, start to learn some of the local language.

What are your future plans? Do you see yourself coming back to the U.S.?

My plan is to return to America within the next few years to complete a few additional science courses before applying to medical school.

Summer Must- Reads: More books to help your career development (Part II)


Stay on top of your game with these books all written to help you achieve your career goals. These bestsellers will change the way you see the world, interact and handle any obstacle that comes your way. Enjoy!

The Art of Mingling: Proven Technique for Mastering Any Room, by Jeanne Martinet

Don’t let your wallflower ways keep you from getting what you want. The Art of Mingling offers great tips on how to work any room. Trust us, after this you’ll be the life of the party… or at least be able to network better.





Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, by Keith Ferrazzi & Tahl Raz

Want to know the key to success? According to Ferrazzi and Raz it is networking. Learning how to cultivate relationships is an important part of life. Never Eat Alone teaches readers how to make connections using their handy outlines and strategies. The important thing to remember is that it isn’t just about getting what you want; it’s also about making sure those who are important to you also get what they want.



Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers, by Lois P. Frankel

 Who would have thought that everything your mother taught you is completely wrong in dealing with your career ambitions. Not to worry Frankel has you covered and will educate you on what you need as a woman to continue to make that climb to the top.





The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, by Thomas L. Friedman

Understanding the world we live in is crucial in navigating today’s job markets. Whatever your career path The World is Flat gives the reader an understanding of the events that have shaped today’s ‘flat’ and fast globalized world. Friedman explains how this happened and demystifies complex foreign policy and economic issues that are currently shaping the global.



Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, by Martha C. Nussbaum

In Not for Profit, Nussbaum urges us to consider the issues that arise when we put economic growth ahead of humanitarian growth. For students interested in the Non-Profit sector this book is a must read because it takes a look at the impact that education focused on trade rather than knowledge has on our society.




Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, by Kerry Patterson

Crucial Conversations offers readers a guide to handling life’s most difficult conversations. Learn how to be persuasive, talk about almost anything, and prepare for nearly every situation with Patterson’s six-minute mastery technique.