Staff Member Spotlight: Metin BIÇAKSIZ

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TEFL Trainer & Director of Studies

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After teaching English at all levels at different schools around Turkey for 14 years, Metin decided to take a new direction and pursue teaching focused students who want to start a new, promising + awarding career.

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

Unfortunately, Istanbul is generally underrated despite begin one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and compared to other big cities, it is relatively cheaper to live here, both for training and afterwards. There is a huge demand for English teachers -- people also have some biases that you cannot receive quality training in such cities where English is not the native language. This is not true -- you can!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

This is definitely not like teaching General English. People here are more motivated and they know what they want and this also motivates me to prepare better lessons everyday to help them feel ready to start teaching after completing this course.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One student said, after starting his teaching career, he came across with almost everything we told them during the course and since he was already taught what and how to react, he solved many problems before they got bigger.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

Our company always tries to provide the best training to our candidates. Besides our trainers, we also invite experienced native English teachers who have been working in Turkey for some time and they also share their experience in Turkey as a foreigner. We also take our students to an excursion (free of charge) to show the beauties of the city.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

When a former student called and said "Thank you for all your efforts!", because she got a really decent job and was happy with her school.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Our values are the biggest factors. They are; Performance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Pride. We respect every student's time and energy.