Before Jason Pshyk dove into the world of teaching English as a foreign language, he was working in a corporate job in his home country of Canada. As many adults soon learn, corporate life isn’t for everyone, and Phsyk came to that same conclusion. His adventurous spirit led him to explore the idea of teaching English abroad. He took a trip to South Korea and thus began a new phase of his life… He became a digital nomad. He earned his TEFL certification and began teaching English to Korean students. Soon after, Pshyk also began teaching English online to students in China with ALO7.
Eventually, Pshyk had to make a decision… Sign another contract and stay in Korea teaching? Return home to family and friends? Go to another country to teach? Try to advance his ESL career by developing curricula? All digital nomads teaching English abroad face similar decisions and it’s never easy to decide with so many tempting options available. Fortunately for Jason, a very provocative opportunity presented itself in the form of parlaying his part-time online teaching job with ALO7 into a full-time position working in Shanghai as part of ALO7’s academic team.
Over time, Pshyk’s position with ALO7 has expanded and he is now the Online Tutor Manager. This position encompasses a wide variety of responsibilities, but the most important one is providing ALO7’s online tutors with the tools and training they need to deliver top-quality lessons consistently.
Pshyk’s journey to working for ALO7 in Shanghai shows that working hard, focusing on your goals and keeping yourself open to all opportunities can lead to a rewarding career with room for advancement. T
ALO7’s Adil Vellani, who also runs ESL Job Exchange, caught up with Pshyk recently and recorded this inspiring interview with him. Watch the interview, and learn more about Pshyk’s fascinating journey.
Dalissa McEwen is passionate about education and believes that learning is a lifelong pursuit. When unable to find educational resources in her own community, she founded an educational co-op for over 100 families and had articles on education published online. Prior to jumping into the field of online education, one of her favorite jobs was working as the Editor-in-Chief of a magazine focused on art, music, and culture. She’s also worked in the field of social media for the past 25 years.
Currently, Dalissa is ALO7’s social media manager and blog editor. In her free time, she volunteer teaches art at a local center for Latinx immigrants, and she shows her personal artwork in galleries.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, USA, and TESOL certification.