First of all, I am sorry if I post this message in the wrong sub forum, was not really sure where to post it !
I passed the GMAT a year ago with a score of 780 (Q51,V45) and now I plan maybe to become a part-time GMAT teacher/tutor. I would like maybe some feedbacks from people working for GMAT prep firms :
- Do GMAT prep firms hire mostly full-time teachers or part-time teachers ? (I plan to keep my current job and do this 5-10h /week on the evening and week-end, is that realistic ?)
- How are working most of the teachers ? Is it "physical" course with a class or mostly internet-based ? This is important because I am currently living in London (where there is mostly likely some physical GMAT course taking place) but I might move to a smaller english city it is unlikely there is.
- Are most of the teachers USA-based or all-around the world ?
- How hard is the selection ? On top of having a good GMAT score, what is required of teachers ? Is it require that teachers hold a MBA or is it not necessary ?
- Any specific advice for getting there ?
Thanks a lot for your help !
I'm happy to respond.
First of all, congratulations on your impressive GMAT performance.
Here's the tricky thing. What does it take to be a good teacher? Well, that's hard to say. Certainly, having expertise in the subject is necessary, but it's not sufficient. There are many folks who know a ton about specific academic fields (math, physics, chemistry, linguistics, etc. ) but are absolutely horrible teachers because they are not effective at communicating what they know in a way that is accessible for others. Without knowing anything about you, I would have no idea about what your talents for teaching might be.
As to your more general questions about the industry. Traditionally, all classes were physical-location, on-site classes --- the older companies (Kaplan
, Princeton Review
, MGMAT, etc.) all began with that model and still primarily employ it. In our modern interconnected worlds, companies that are 100% web-based (such as Magoosh
) are becoming more and more popular, because they are typically cheaper and equally accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Most companies, both web-based and on-site, will hire folks part time: in fact, many times, it's hard to start out with a full-time job at such a company, so the fact that you only want something part-time is good. For the companies that have on-site classes in a physical location, you have to be close that location, but for a web-based company, you could be anywhere in the world. It's not necessary to have an MBA: most GMAT experts don't. I don't have an MBA, but I had twenty years of teaching and tutoring experience before starting to work at Magoosh
. If you have never ever done any kind of tutoring or teaching before, you might want to start small, maybe with a few private clients, and build experience before applying with a company. If you charge some very low price (say $10 or $20/hr), then you no doubt will get a few clients who want to work with you, and you can get a sense of how being a tutor feels as well as a sense of how successful you are at it. You would have a much much better chance to land a job with a company if you could approach one, say a year from now, saying, "I have done all this private tutoring, and here are recommendations from my students saying what a wonderful teacher I am." That, combined with a high GMAT score, would open a lot of doors!
Does all this make sense?
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