So you've found a school you love. And the best part? They love you! You're ready to sign your contract, make your plans, and send your documents over.
But wait! Contracts are scary. Intimidating.
What's a pension and why am I paying into it? How does healthcare work? Who's paying for airfare? What happens if they fire me?
There's a lot of questions that need to be answered before you sign your name on the dotted line and agree to spend a year of your life with one company. It's a big move, and not one to be taken lightly. So before you take that plunge, read the below wall of text to find out some of the questions I had with my contract and what to expect from signing on with a school.
What should be explicitly stated in a contract:
10. Terminating the Contract
Overall, you will want to tear that contract apart. If you have any questions at all, talk to your recruiter (if you're working with one) or the hiring manager for the school. Don't leave any grey areas, and don't assume anything.
One excellent resource for more details on contracts is Waygook.org. Here, you can post the contract they send you on the forums and have other experienced teachers tear it apart for you. They will pull out everything good and everything bad to give you an idea of the quality of the school. This can also give you a good idea of what you need to have corrected on the contract before you sign.
Remember, this is an awesome opportunity and should be approached with a measure of gravity. Be tedious, be stubborn, be sure. Don't feel rushed into anything. And if you have any questions at all, ask.
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