Waiting for the NOAs in June.

So my EPIK coordinator sent me a little update this morning. He was letting me know that my documents have passed the the full second screening and were ready to be recommended to an Office of Education. They just have to wait 3 weeks since the Offices of Education won’t start accepting candidates until that time. Its crazy to know that things are actually moving along even though it seems like time is standing still. I didn’t even expect to hear from my coordinator until the middle of the summer so its nice that he keeps sending me random updates. I hope so much that I get a Notice of Appointment. It will be such an exciting, scary, and stressful feeling all at the same time! I will have to figure out how to fit a years worth of necessities into a few suitcases lol. I am just looking forward to a new adventure.  So my EPIK coordinator sent me a little update this morning. He was letting me know that my documents have passed the the full second screening and were ready to be recommended to an Office of Education. They just have to wait 3 weeks since the Offices of Education won’t start accepting candidates until that time. Its crazy to know that things are actually moving along even though it seems like time is standing still. I didn’t even expect to hear from my coordinator until the middle of the summer so its nice that he keeps sending me random updates. I hope so much that I get a Notice of Appointment. It will be such an exciting, scary, and stressful feeling all at the same time! I will have to figure out how to fit a years worth of necessities into a few suitcases lol. I am just looking forward to a new adventure.

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April 23, 2013

Process Update

 

What I have done so far… 

  • TEFL Certification ($295)
  • Teaching English to Young Learners Certification (Bonus: Free)
  • Fingerprinted (Free)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (Free)
  • College Diploma scan/copy Notarized & Sent for Apostille (Free Notary at Bank/$8 for apostille + Postage)
  • TEFL Certificate scan/copy has been notarized. (Free Notary)
  • FBI Criminal Record Check application sent in.  ($18 + Postage)
  • Application, Essay, and Lesson Plan.  
  • Passport ($150)
  • Updated resume.
  • Applied for Residency Certificate (USA) ($85 + Postage)
  • FBI Criminal Record Check needs sent to Washington, DC for apostille. ($8 + Postage)
  • Officially sent in Application.
  • Prep interview questions. 
  • Interview completed and I passed!
  • Sent documents to EPIK Office in Seoul ($89).

 Still Need To … 

  • Get my US Residency Certificate back in the mail.
  • Receive an NOA in June/July.
  • Visa

To be continued…

TIPS: EPIK Rejection: Facebook Group Etiquette

April 19, 2013

Okay so I have witnessed this more than once. People who either do not pass or are not granted an interview from EPIK and proceed to bash the program in EPIK’s own Facebook group! My advice? DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU WANT TO GET ACCEPTED INTO EPIK IN THE FUTURE! I feel like this goes without saying, but yet there’s another person doing it today for the whole EPIK team to see. No matter the situation you should never do this. The one thing I have realized post-college is that the work world is a small one, and if you think one negative post can’t rock your world it can! Do not do anything negative that can come back to bite you. Even if you doubt it could get back to you, believe me it can and will. I have seen it happen too many. Deal with rejection in a positive way, work harder, and think of it as one more obstacle that is out of your way. Perhaps you are meant for a different program or a better opportunity. Keep that in mind before you post anything filled with angst on the EPIK Facebook group. It does not serve you in anyway and only gives others a bad impression of you.

EPIK NOA

April 11, 2013

Okay so lots of people have been asking things like “If you have been accepted by EPIK then why can’t you say you’re going for sure?” While yes it is an excellent sign that I have been accepted by EPIK and my documents are in, the fact remains that the screening process isn’t over. My documents I submitted still have to go through a second screening and have to be submitted to potential MOE/POE for their approval. If they find me a job in a specific location then they will send me a Notice of Appointment and a contract. Until you have that physical contract in hand the fact is that EPIK can reject you. I don’t want to jinx myself by saying I am officially going. If you Google it then you will find that there are a number of teachers who have been accepted by EPIK but did not receive an NOA. Of course positions are filled on a first come first served basis so my chances look good since my stuff is in early. I am hopeful and working hard to make my dream a reality. For now it is kind of out of my hands lol. Keep me in your wishes, prayers, or kind thoughts!

Interview Question

Question: How long did it take for you to hear back about whether or not you got an interview after you turned in your application to EPIK? I just turned mine in a few days ago and of course it’s too soon to expect to hear back but I want to tone down my freak out til I’m supposed to hear back from them haha

I applied very early February 11th, got notified for an interview March 14th, had my interview March 31st, and I got notified I passed my interview on April 3. For this timeline you must keep in mind that they didn’t start scheduling interviews until near the end of March. So my timeline may be more stretched out than yours. However, EPIK receives hundreds of applications at a time.

If you applied a couple days ago you would have been in with the slew of applications that went in through recruiters on the first day (April 1st) that EPIK accepts applications from recruiters. Just give it some time. They have a good team that will get to you as soon as they can. You will hear either way if you get an interview or not. Be sure to check you spam folder as well. Just try and be as patient as you can. Avoid sending them emails inquiring if you have gotten an interview or not. From what I see on the Facebook Group they don’t like that. lol Also get on the Facebook group Fall 2013 intake and socialize (once they send you an email that they have received your application they will include the link to this group.) They want teachers that are professional yet friendly as well. Good luck to you!

EPIK INTERVIEW!!

March 31, 2013

So I just got done with my EPIK interview. It was long and we went over a variety of questions. Pretty much all of the questions were ones that I had prepped before. Some were phrased a little differently. My interviewer was actually not Korean. I was very surprised. He seemed as if his accent was from Canada or perhaps he could have been from the USA. WHO KNOWS! He was so friendly! I was so relieved. He went over my application with me just confirming some details and asked for me to change a number for one of my teachers (BACK STORY SHE CHANGED HER NUMBER NOW THAT SHE IS THE HEAD DEPARTMENT CHAIR NO BIGGIE). He said he liked my lesson plan and my essay. Then we got into the teaching related questions which you can find a variety of questions online that you MAY get asked not DEFINITE. Every coordinator is different. Then of course he asked me questions related to the more personal side with the health background etc. He took notes down throughout the interview. He also told me I was pretty much the first interview of the day for him (NO PRESSURE! LOL). Overall I didn’t feel as though I fumbling over my words or anything. I feel positively about it. I think he liked me as well and he seemed to like my personality. He liked that I had a lot of hobbies as well. I guess we will see what happens. He told me I should hear within 2-3 days. FINGERS CROSSED!!!!

Preparation Question

Question: Hiya, I’ve got a quick question. How much time in advance did you prepare your documents/apply to EPIK?

For the Fall 2013 intake I took my TEFL in November and then I really did my documents in January then I applied February 11th and I have my interview March 31st. That’ll give you a basic idea of what I did. I started early, but if I could do it over I would have applied back in January had a not been toying with the idea of going through a recruiter. Early is best because of the first come first served process they use in EPIK. Apply early you get the first set of interviews. Then if you pass your interview and send in your documents right way you get first dibs on locations. It’ll just save you a lot of time and grief of waiting if you apply earlier. Just be careful of how far in advance you prep documents because your criminal background check is only good six months from the process date.