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Here are some common questions about your application 😉
What are the benefits of working with First Future?
As the largest provider of B2B ESL Tutors in China we offer thousands of online Teachers Fixed working shifts with guaranteed pay equivalent to the full hourly pay rate with or without class.
We work with thousands of private education companies and Schools in China with students of all age ranges. Our Teachers have the opportunity to work on various cutting-edge teaching platforms (including First Future’s own fully interactive platform; “
If you would like to know more about working with First Future why not hear what our Teachers have to say.
Is First Future a school or an agency?
How can I apply?
Does everyone need an Interview?
All Applicants are asked to complete an interview with one of our Team. This is an opportunity for us to learn more about you and to begin identifying possible Projects you would be suitable for. These Projects offer guaranteed working hours on a Fixed shift.
What equipment do I need?
The following equipment and minimum requirements are:
- Wired Internet Connection w/ Upload speed of up to 10 Mbps & Download speed of 10 Mbps and up.
- Headset with built-in mic and
- A stand-alone web camera
- A desktop/
latopcomputer with system specifications of at least i3-Intel Processor (4th generation) 3.0 GHz & 4GB RAM
Is 10 Mbps wired internet really the minimum required for online teaching?
You may see platforms saying they can work with less and you may even be able to use our platform with less. However, due to the fluctuation that is expected with most internet providers and the instability of a Wi-Fi connection if you have less than the required internet speed
How long are the contracts offered to Teachers?
When accepting a Fixed Shift you may be asked to commit to completing a certain time period on the Project. These details will be discussed based on the requirements of the Project and Teacher at the time.
Can I teach from anywhere in the World?
Absolutely! As long as you have a reliable internet provider and can receive payments through one of the methods we use then you can teach from anywhere.
What kind of teaching times will I work?
We offer 2 shift types with many available working hours ranging from as few as 8 hours per week up to 40 hours per week for a Fixed Shift. Please see the schedule section below for more details on our working shifts.
I am still working for another online school; will First Future allow me to keep that job at the same time?
We don’t mind as long as you can manage your schedule.
What should I do if I don’t hear back about my application?
If you haven’t received any feedback within 3 working days, there may have been an issue with your application. You may contact our Team directly through Skype by adding: First Future Recruitment
Our recruitment Team are available from 09:00-20:00 Monday to Sunday (All times are in China Standard Time (GMT+8))
How long does the application, training and on-boarding process last?
This will largely depend on how quickly you are able to complete the required tasks and submit the necessary documents. It is possible to complete the process in as little as 3 days though most people take around 1 week.
If you would like to download a copy of our recruitment process you can here.
- Book an Interview
Completion Time: ~20 minutes
Response time: Within 48 hours
Interview – 30 minutes
After completing the interview selected applicants will be asked to attend a mock class so we can evaluate your teaching experience and confidence before deciding on the hourly pay rate to offer.
- Book a Mock Class
- Review Class videos and materials
Completion Time: ~20 minutes
Response time: Within 48 hours
Mock Class (includes guidance on the Platform and Teaching feedback) – 50 minutes
After passing the Mock Class applicants will receive an “Offer Letter” containing details about the role and the hourly pay rate being offered.
- Submit Bio Pack (You will be asked to provide a picture, video and short paragraph about yourself to be added to your Profile in our system. This profile is used by Schools and Student’s to select their Teacher
Completion time: ~45 minutes
- Phase 1 Training
Learn the basics of teaching online from using the Platform to navigating our interactive materials to engaging your Students through the use of TPR (Total Physical Response) and guided learning.
Method: Make your own way through our self-study materials with lessons, quizzes and sample videos all available through First Future’s learning portal – World Campus.
Completion Time: ~8hours
- Book your Final Demo
Final Demo – 40 minutes
In your final
What’s involved in being a First Future Teacher?
Will I need to prepare anything for class?
Where will the classes be conducted?
First Future uses a range of online Virtual Classroom platforms (similar to skype or zoom but designed for teaching) to conduct our different class types. Our most common classrooms are our very own YouHaveClass Virtual Classrooms which contain all of the technology of the leading teaching platforms.
What type of classes will I be teaching?
One of the things which makes First Future different is the range of class types we teach. We have 1-to-1, 1vN (2-6 Students studying from their own homes) and Group (6 or more Students studying at school in a classroom with each other). Our classes cover general conversation all the way
Our Students range in age from 4 to 60 but most of our Students are K-12 learners.
Our most common class types are 25-minute conversational English classes.
Are all classes 25-minutes long?
About 90% of our classes are 25-minute long. We also have 40, 45 and 50 minute classes.
What happens if my class is cancelled or my Student does not arrive?
If your class is
What happens if one of my Students or their Parent contacts me directly?
What are the peak hours? And what if I’m not available during the peak hours?
There are about 3000 classes being taught on our platform every day and the peak hours are 5pm-9pm CST (China Standard Time) Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm CST for the weekend. You will still have chances to get booked even if you are not available during the peak hours, however, the booking rate will not be as high as during the peak hours.
When and how are First Future Teachers paid?
Teachers are paid no later than the 10th day of the following month for the pay period. Payments can be made through Paypal, Payoneer or through Local Bank Transfer (with conditions).
How much are First Future Teachers paid?
Teachers will be offered a starting salary of $12-16/hour depending on their qualifications and experience. Pay rates will be agreed after the Interview.
We also offer:
up to $3/hour in
+$1 for every group class taught
+$1 weekend incentive for every hour worked on weekends
How is the Monthly Class Bonus calculated?
Are there any other bonuses?
Many of our Projects also offer bonuses based on a Teachers performance on that Project. These bonuses can be as high as $500 or more for high-performing Teachers.
If I work for one of the Projects, will I be paid by them?
No, you will always be considered a First Future Teacher no matter which Project you are working for.
Can I get a pay raise?
Pay rates are evaluated every 12-months with eligible Teachers being offered a raise based on their Attendance, Performance and Overall Contribution. Some Teachers may be eligible for a raise as early as 6-months if they have taught over 500 classes.
How will I be taxed?
First Future makes no deductions from Teachers pay for taxes. As Independent Contractors all local and national taxes in your Country are the sole responsibility of the Teacher.
How are teaching times allocated?
There are 2 types of teaching schedule available:
Under a Fixed
The exact working times of these schedules will vary depending on the Project you are selected for.
The minimum required time commitment for a Fixed shift is:
- At least 4 days/week
- At least 2 hours per day
- Minimum of 8 hours per week
Most Fixed shifts offer around 15 hours per week, with some offering significantly more depending on a Teachers availability.
Fixed Shift Teachers should be willing and able to commit to their working schedule for at least 6 months upon agreeing to the shift.
Under a Flexi working
- Classes can be scheduled with less than 30-minutes’ notice
- Taught and Student No Show classes will be paid in full
- Cancelled classes (with more than 2 hours’ notice) will not be paid
- Available slots with
a bookedclasses cannot be closed by the Teacher, only available slots with no booked class can be deactivated by the Teacher
There are no minimum hours for a Flexi Shift and Teachers can open as many hours as they want as long as they can commit to teaching classes which are scheduled.
Teaching hours are currently available for any of the following times:
Monday to Friday: 17:00-23:00
Saturday and Sunday: 08:00-23:00
All times are in China Standard Time (GMT+8)
What if I need to cancel a class or will be absent from a Fixed Shift?
Our full Attendance Policy will be explained in detail during the
Used to measure the number of classes missed by a Teacher due to attendance or network issues. This number is used to calculate a Teachers Monthly Class Bonus so poor attendance will lead to a lower or no bonus being received. Consecutive months of unacceptable Class Impact will lead to the issuing of Sanctions Points and warnings, Teachers who do not improve may be removed from the Teaching Platform.
Issued for Teacher No Show classes with late (less than 2 hours’) or no notice given. The Class Penalty is equivalent to 100% of the pay rate for the class and is deducted from a Teacher’s pay at the end of the month.
Is this for all leave types even if I am sick?
All Teachers are eligible for 6 special leaves each year. These leaves can be used to avoid penalties for any absence. Additionally, Teachers who experience serious medical issues or emergencies will be eligible to have their leave tagged as such and incur no financial penalties.
Can a Teachers work both Fixed and Flexi?
Absolutely! In fact, this is our most popular schedule. Teachers love the guaranteed nature of our Fixed Shift which allows them to be comfortable in the knowledge they will receive at least the expected amount of pay each month. They then open Flexi times around their Fixed Shifts to maximize their working time.
As an example Teacher A works:
Monday – Friday: 19:00-22:00
For 20 guaranteed pay hours per week.
They also open their Flexi slots from 17:00-19:00 Monday-Friday and any hours they want on Saturday/Sunday
What if I need to change working schedule on a Fixed Shift
Our expectations for Teachers on a Fixed shift are high. You will be required to maintain the Attendance and Performance standards. While these standards are very achievable for most Teachers we understand that sometimes circumstances can change. If this happens we ask that you give as much notice as you can and work with our Team to minimize the impact on our Students.
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