Digital holiday jobs on the rise due to Covid-19

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Dec 10, 2020

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The impact of the pandemic has forced students to look for safe and flexible part-time jobs with many turning to technology to help fund their summer break.

“A holiday job is a great way to make some extra cash, bulk up your CV and make professional connections. While industries that rely on face-to-face interaction may be cutting back, the number of jobs in the online space – which can be completed remotely, are multiplying,” says Tom Gibbons, director at the TEFL Academy.

One such digital holiday job, with average salaries between R190 and R560 per hour, depending on experience, is teaching English online. Since many foreign countries have different school terms, and don’t have as long a December break as South Africans do, there continues to be an abundance of work available in this sector.

“The flexibility of online teaching makes it an attractive option for students, who still want to enjoy their summer break. Students can teach from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a laptop, a webcam, internet access and a legitimate TEFL qualification – which can be completed within four to six weeks,” says Gibbons.

“TEFL” is the acronym for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It’s also known as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), English Language Teaching (ELT), and teaching ESL (English as a Second Language).

With regards to working hours, peak teaching times are Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm SA time, and 1pm to 4pm on weekends. Alternatively, teachers can set their own hours by adding themselves and their qualifications to an existing agency database where TEFL learners all over the world can easily find them.

“Teaching remotely allows students to observe social-distancing measures, while still gaining valuable, real-world work experience. It also demonstrates initiative and innovation to future employers, who will be on the lookout for those who were able to succeed in difficult times.

“Beyond short-term employment, once a student is TEFL-qualified they have the option of turning it into a full-time career. When travel restrictions are lifted, they’ll also have the opportunity to travel and teach abroad,” Gibbons adds.

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