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Title: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: bjinglee on May 04, 2011, 11:03:10 pm
There's a thread about showing peoples' ages here in the forums. While age really isn't a huge deal to me in determining the merit of someones' post, I am curious as to what the age demographics are for teachers here in Korea. I assume that most are in their 20's or 30's but there seems to also be some in their 40's and 50's.  One of the previous NET's in my own school was in his 60's. Just curious. 
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: cruisemonkey on May 04, 2011, 11:32:05 pm
You're not going to get a statistically valid result from a poll on WAYGOOK.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: bjinglee on May 05, 2011, 12:16:17 am
You're not going to get a statistically valid result from a poll on WAYGOOK.
I fully recognize that this isn't scientific though I think it'll give a ballpark.  Just thought it'd be interesting for curiosity's sake.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: incognito84 on May 05, 2011, 08:50:13 am
I'm 26 (almost 27) and I'm the oldest foreigner English teacher I know! When I turn 27 I think I'm going to keep telling people that I'm 26.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: ladyrhavyn on May 05, 2011, 09:06:45 am
I have to say - I wonder the same thing myself on waygook - from some of the answers, I can say - I think the age is varied. I am 40. I am wonder just how many are the ages between say 35 to 45 or older - I was debating on asking the same question - possibly polling - but I have met more under 30's than any other age range. So I wonder the same thing.

Whatever the age - I think its great that people have taken the leap to teach over seas. I think it takes more bravery when your older - because your taking the chance of uprooting a settled life back home, (unless your like me and didn't have one to start with) but I think its a big leap either way.

As far as age is concerned, its just a number, it doesn't keep you from being who you are if your true the person you know yourself to be. Age doesn't always create wisdom, and youth doesn't always create foolishness...somet imes its the opposite.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: atmosphere on May 05, 2011, 09:48:35 am
I'm 22, and the youngest ESL teacher I've met out here in 2 months.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: hokeypokey on May 05, 2011, 10:09:34 am
I just finished orientation with 50 teachers.  There 7 of us over 30.  The bulk were in their first few years out of college. 
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: incognito84 on May 05, 2011, 10:34:50 am
I just finished orientation with 50 teachers.  There 7 of us over 30.  The bulk were in their first few years out of college.

Yup. That was like my GEPIK orientation a few years ago (though I was 24 at the time so I was pretty much in the norm).

You should move this poll over to Dave's. Might get more accuracy.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: braineyak101 on May 05, 2011, 06:39:22 pm
When I first got here, I was 22 too, and I felt really young.  It was a surprise to me because I know so many people who do this fresh out of college, but when I went to orientation there EVERYONE was older than me and many people were 10-15 years older than I was.  I think it is interesting that people come to Korea to try something new.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: jaybird on May 05, 2011, 07:40:14 pm
I'm also 22 and definitely the youngest teacher in my parts. One of my KET is fresh out of school and he's 24 (2 years of military service) so everyone was surprised I finished school at 20.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Dog Soldier on May 05, 2011, 08:15:51 pm
I'm 22, and the youngest ESL teacher I've met out here in 2 months.
you are such a cute baby
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: korr on May 06, 2011, 07:04:37 am
I'm 28. Most of the foreigners I know are younger, but only by a couple years.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: natale_laplante on May 06, 2011, 07:21:30 am
I'm nearly 27.  >:(
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Ochodnid on May 06, 2011, 07:39:08 am
I am 24 and I know a number of NETs. The youngest I know is 22 and the oldest is 42. The average from my experience is about 25.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: creeper1 on May 06, 2011, 08:04:35 am
Take a look at this http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=176894&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=45

There is a poster called "kimpop" who hits all the key points directly on the head!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Dweebs1 on May 06, 2011, 08:08:03 am
I have to say - I wonder the same thing myself on waygook - from some of the answers, I can say - I think the age is varied. I am 40. I am wonder just how many are the ages between say 35 to 45 or older - I was debating on asking the same question - possibly polling - but I have met more under 30's than any other age range. So I wonder the same thing.

Whatever the age - I think its great that people have taken the leap to teach over seas. I think it takes more bravery when your older - because your taking the chance of uprooting a settled life back home, (unless your like me and didn't have one to start with) but I think its a big leap either way.

As far as age is concerned, its just a number, it doesn't keep you from being who you are if your true the person you know yourself to be. Age doesn't always create wisdom, and youth doesn't always create foolishness...somet imes its the opposite.


I'm 48 and have been working in Korea for 5 years. Up until a couple of years ago I wasn't the oldest in my town. They have moved on to other towns to teach, so now I'm the oldest in my town
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Howlin2blues on May 06, 2011, 08:18:34 am
I'm 26 and definitely not the oldest in my town. Most of my friends are at least 31 and there are barely any young guns around. The oldest I've met so far is 45. Gotta love feelin' like "the baby" again!  ;)
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: minamteacher on May 06, 2011, 08:20:41 am
Take a look at this http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=176894&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=45

There is a poster called "kimpop" who hits all the key points directly on the head!  :laugh:

HA HA 20 somethings talking down to people older than them is HILARIOUS (and horrible). I am glad that this class act has the world figured out already. For all the people who knock Korean society, at least they rightfully reject this type of attitude towards elders.

Reminds me about this article I read today in deadspin about an entitled lifeguard.

Full disclosure: I'm 24 years old

Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: pipinghot on May 06, 2011, 08:30:07 am
29 and I feel like I am on the old side.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Ley_Druid on May 06, 2011, 08:37:15 am
On Buddha's birthday, I will turn 27.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: dolphingurl2022 on May 06, 2011, 08:48:59 am
I'm 23 now but I started when I was 22.  My other friend that came later is the same age as me.  Most of the GETs I know are in their mid-twenties to mid-thirties.  Haven't met anyone yet so far who is past around 35 although that's just the ones I meet.  22 is the youngest I've met so far but there aren't many that young...majority are all the 1987 and 1986s. 
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: hammer on May 06, 2011, 08:56:50 am
Shouldn't it be 60+?
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: taeyang on May 06, 2011, 09:01:06 am
due to a late birthday, i was 21 when i first arrived in korea...  :o
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: letsgoteacher on May 06, 2011, 09:44:27 am
Shouldn't it be 60+?
   

yeah, or 45-49, then 50+

Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Ectofuego on May 06, 2011, 09:45:55 am
Altered to 60+   ;D
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: confusedsafferinkorea on May 06, 2011, 10:09:50 am
I am 58, fit and healthy. I have 33 years teaching experience... just wondering when I will get canned for being to old, even though my students love me and I am as young as them at heart.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: teach1 on May 06, 2011, 10:12:42 am
I don't think you can be here if you're under 21 at the earliest.
Although I suppose the occasional genius finishes university at 18...
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: bjinglee on May 06, 2011, 11:02:41 am
Just updated the poll to include more brackets.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: bobdob on May 06, 2011, 10:22:37 pm
I'm 36.  Pros and cons to everything.  Being older than some of my Korean co-teachers sure does seem like an advantage.  They don't try to boss me around at all.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: carefulallthetime on May 06, 2011, 11:55:38 pm
23, came here when i was 22.  a lot closer to my middle-school students than my co-teachers.  it has its pros and cons.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: muliebral on May 07, 2011, 03:50:08 am
My school seems to have a pretty equal mix, but at a recent job fair the applicants were overwelmingly 40s-60s.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: chocopie on May 07, 2011, 08:00:16 am
I don't think you can be here if you're under 21 at the earliest.
Although I suppose the occasional genius finishes university at 18...

The TaLK program  allows you to come here after spending two years at uni, so I guess some one could be 20.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Yu_Bumsuk on May 07, 2011, 10:54:24 am
I'm 36.  Pros and cons to everything.  Being older than some of my Korean co-teachers sure does seem like an advantage.  They don't try to boss me around at all.

I think 30s is the perfect age for teaching here. You're still youthful enough but not right at the bottom and can be taken a bit more seriously.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: mycena on May 08, 2011, 12:49:01 pm
I'm 27, which seems to be about average amongst the other NETs I know.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: mssinmymind on May 08, 2011, 05:27:33 pm
I am 40 and have been in Korea for 2 and 1/2 months now.

I am the only foreign teacher at my school and the oldest. I am also 4 yrs older than my director. I have been made to feel totally welcomed at my school by the co-teachers and especially my director. I have been told by my co-teachers that when they were told I was 40 and then met me, they didnt believe it. They thought the director was joking with them. They are constantly making comments about how happy, excited, and genuinely fun I am, to be around. ( I heard that the last foreign teacher wasnt very social at all, even with other foreigners in the area )

I think age is but a number and you make yourself feel young or old depending on your own attitude towards life.  :P
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: unclefrank on May 08, 2011, 08:45:38 pm
24 here. one of the younger ones I have met.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: cepctheworld on May 09, 2011, 07:53:46 am
I am 25 now (26 Korean age) and I am the third youngest out of 25 teachers in my city!  It feels good!!
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: woman-king on May 09, 2011, 09:31:48 am
I am 24 and I know a number of NETs. The youngest I know is 22 and the oldest is 42. The average from my experience is about 25.

Yep--as this poll would show.

I wish I'd come at 22 fresh out of university, but at the same time I have met a lot fewer teachers who did that then I thought I would.  It takes a lot to up and move to Korea and do a job you've never done before--usually I find you need a couple years out of school and a little work experience to work up the courage. 
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: ronanj3 on May 09, 2011, 09:38:22 am
I just turned 21 a few weeks before coming to korea, I don't know any other teachers that aren't older than me!
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: strawberry on May 09, 2011, 10:06:32 am
23 and the youngest I know :( 
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: incognito84 on May 09, 2011, 10:09:41 am
I just turned 21 a few weeks before coming to korea, I don't know any other teachers that aren't older than me!

I knew a guy and a girl in my first year who were teaching here at age 19. They were both homeschooled, graduated High School at age 15, went to a Christian university, graduated at 19 and went to Korea. They had absolutely no social skills whatsoever but that's besides the point.

Also, people from the UK only do three year degrees so a lot of them graduate at 20/21.

Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: PrincessParis86 on May 09, 2011, 10:12:02 am
I'm 24 and when I first got here the NETs I met were all a bit older than me. Starting from 28 and up.
But with all the TALK teachers around now, it seems they're getting younger in our town
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Jamebb on May 09, 2011, 06:09:22 pm
23 (or 24 Korean)
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: tealstardust on May 09, 2011, 06:20:15 pm
I am 29, and my husband is 28.  I refuse to go by Korean years because I will miss my 30th birthday...I am not going to be over 30 before my time!  We plan on being here another 4 years and 10 months or so, and then going home to start a family.  Man I am going to be an old mom!  lol
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Ochodnid on May 09, 2011, 06:42:58 pm
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I am 29, and my husband is 28.  I refuse to go by Korean years because I will miss my 30th birthday...I am not going to be over 30 before my time!  We plan on being here another 4 years and 10 months or so, and then going home to start a family.  Man I am going to be an old mom!  lol

My Mom was 34 when she had me  :P
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: mmaurer2004 on May 09, 2011, 10:52:26 pm
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I am 29, and my husband is 28.  I refuse to go by Korean years because I will miss my 30th birthday...I am not going to be over 30 before my time!  We plan on being here another 4 years and 10 months or so, and then going home to start a family.  Man I am going to be an old mom!  lol

My Mom was 34 when she had me  :P

Mine, 41.  Still young in my eyes!
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: andyfoggy on May 09, 2011, 11:42:00 pm
I am 29, and my husband is 28.  I refuse to go by Korean years because I will miss my 30th birthday...I am not going to be over 30 before my time!  We plan on being here another 4 years and 10 months or so, and then going home to start a family.  Man I am going to be an old mom!  lol

you will be fine, just had my second today and my wife is 40 (Korean age) kids make you feel younger
have fun being free of nappy(diaper) changes and night time feeds for 4 more years ;D
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: creeper1 on May 10, 2011, 09:33:31 am
ESL is typically something done in a gap year. The ESLer then usually goes home and starts their career. That's why the vast majority are young.

A poster called "kimpap" does a better job of explaining it than I ever could. If you have time read what he has to say. He is truely wise.  :laugh: http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=176894&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=60
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: seouldance on May 11, 2011, 09:32:09 am
I'm 24, and find most people I meet are around my age or a bit older, but I was 22 when I first arrived.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: irishdanny on May 11, 2011, 09:56:45 am
I'm 25 and i would say that between 24 and 30 is the most common age  range.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: tomos on May 11, 2011, 10:12:48 am
I think the average is approx. 26, but I know a teacher who is 20 and also one who is 65.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: ellaskorea on May 11, 2011, 10:17:12 am
I'm 21, and I have only met one other person who was younger than me.
Would be interesting if someone set up a poll. I would set most people I know at 26/27... but I do hang out with a (younger) crowd.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: weirdgirlinkorea on May 11, 2011, 10:31:55 am
37 here. I thought I was the oldest in my SMOE training but have since learned otherwise. I am still a minority though, as I have not met that many people close to my age.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Gunpo_Erin on May 11, 2011, 11:13:08 am
33(almost- Friday is my birthday)- came here when i was 28.....
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Rebbet on May 11, 2011, 11:45:37 am
23 here, I know several 22 year olds, and a lot of people in their mid-late 20s. Oldest person I know is 36.

I don't think it matters. Who's to say that working a 9-5 job in your hometown before going home to the person you married right out of college is any better or worse than what we do?
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Sprite06 on May 11, 2011, 11:47:17 am
22 here, one friend who is 21, all others are 24+, most 26+
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: sarahseonsaengnim on May 11, 2011, 12:14:37 pm
just recently turned 25 and been here the better half of a year...  :)
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Yu_Bumsuk on May 11, 2011, 04:35:44 pm
So if the poll is accurate then 87% of FTs are younger than me and a mere ~5% are older than me. That does seem really odd, because I know a lot of FTs who are older than me in real life.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: Harpoinseoul on May 11, 2011, 04:40:41 pm
I'm 48 and have been here for 14 years.
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: KimDuHan on August 01, 2020, 10:55:59 pm
Interesting I think the age of teachers in Korea has aged since this post. Maybe most of the young ones are still here and in their 30ís now
Title: Re: Age of Teachers Here
Post by: theman3285 on August 02, 2020, 12:38:08 am
Interesting I think the age of teachers in Korea has aged since this post. Maybe most of the young ones are still here and in their 30ís now
Damn. Reading is this thread is like watching one of those 100 year old videos on YouTube, of random street scenes. You just know all those fuckers have moved along. Creepy.

But if there's anything the poll proves, it's that Waygook.org is a shadow of its former self (nearly 400 respondents!)