As they hunt for their first job after completing college, many graduates are willing to relocate for the right opportunity. Joey Wills is moving to half a world away to southeast China after graduating from Northwestern State University this Spring.
While searching tech job listings for his degree area, Computer Information Systems, Wills came across a posting with English First, the world’s leading privately owned education company. He’s now teaching English as a second language to Chinese children between the ages of 5 and 17.
Even though Wills doesn’t speak Mandarin, he says he wasn’t discouraged when submitting an application.
“In my first interview, the recruiter said they were looking for candidates who have college degree, confidence to live overseas for a year, and ability to teach English with a neutral accent.”
After being accepted, Wills said he immediately started seeking advice from former professors at NSU who have international travel experience.
“Dr. Rasmussen was a great resource, especially with his experience teaching English in Japan. He shared some really good information and tips on living abroad.”
He’s also been in contact with the head of the English department at NSU, who is TESOL qualified (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Prior to arriving in Shenzhen, Wills spent countless hours reading blogs, starting language lessons, and watching videos.
“I have been following two YouTubers for a while. When I started watching them about three years ago I never thought I would be teaching English like they do. They both also live near where I’ll be teaching, which is exciting.”
The 2017 initiate of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity says he looks forward to traveling throughout mainland China, connecting with its people and exploring its culture and history. He says he is applying to becoming a foreign service officer and ultimately hopes to pursue a doctorate in Computer Science or an International Affairs field.