I’d lived abroad in Germany for a year during university and with graduation looming I was sure that I didn’t want to go down a graduate scheme route. A friend from university had taught with Aston and had recommended the programme to me. She said that I was the only friend she knew who could cope with living in China so I looked at the Aston website myself and decided that they offered a good package for foreign teachers. Although on the surface their salaries are lower than some larger companies, what stuck out for me was the rent free apartment for foreign teachers, which meant that it was one less thing to worry about. Also, the different contract options were attractive, depending on how many hours you wanted to work. This is great for anyone applying because you can balance a work and travel aspect of your time with Aston if you so wish.
When I was put in contact with a school manager, the process was simple and easy. Any questions that I asked, no matter how small or silly, were also answered very well and this made me clear in my mind that it was a company I was willing to work for.