Post Interview: EPIK

It’s been almost a week since my interview with EPIK and I realized I should jot down the experience in case it helps anyone in the future! And also before I forget.

So let’s jump into it!

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EPIK: Where to Pick?

One of the most daunting parts of this whole application process (aside from the interview) has been picking the ONE location preference you’re allotted.

Since location is linked to salary level and popularity I decided to immediately disregard all the places where I’d be paid the least. This meant Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Daegu, and Gyeonggi were immediately out of the running.

After going through the remaining options as listed on the E.P.I.K. application I was able to narrow it down to what I felt would suit me.

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Pre-Interview: EPIK

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. I can honestly say I was NOT expecting to get called for an E.P.I.K. interview.

Now that I think about it I guess most (if not all applicants) probably do get an interview, but I’m impatient so after two weeks of not hearing anything I pretty much moved past it emotionally. I’m talking to the point where I’d mapped out a potential savings plan for the next year with goals for graduate school housing and a “farewell” trip to see myself off.

But that’s how it goes, right? Once you’re no longer thinking about it the time flies and then suddenly you’ve got an email saying your interview is scheduled for Thursday night and it hits that you have a SHIT ton of things to do if you actually land the position. In my case I still had to get my background check (i did the first one too early), get two passport photos, and complete my TEFL course (the final assignment and my in-class hours). That’s not too much right?….Right?

There’s also the task of buckling down and learning basic Korean.

SIDE NOTE: In figuring out what to do for this next year I looked into attending a language school through EF in either Japan or South Korea because it never hurts to learn another language and it’d be amazing, but it was honestly so expensive there was just no way it was going to happen.

But back on track.

Even though I haven’t gone through the interview yet, I can honestly say I don’t think I’m going to get the position. Now this isn’t one of those things where I’m looking for the whole “you’re great!” or “you got this!” reactions. Nope. It’s just me understanding that it’s an extremely competitive program, I haven’t taught before, I’m not as invested or enamored with South Korea as I’m learning many applicants are, and…other reasons I’m sure I’ll be able to find.

This also means I have to warn everyone in my house that for about an hour I’ll need silence…Nice.

NOTE: So my interview was this past Thursday (16 May) and I forgot to post this beforehand because…I was introducing my mom to the wonderful show that is Tuca and Bertie (she wasn’t about it). But anyway I should have my results by next Friday and when I do I shall update!

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It can’t be just me: Procrastination

For me procrastination is right up there with good ol’ lack of confidence and I’d say they’re probably about equal/possibly intertwined, even.

Recently though, I’ve been able to implement a system that’s working pretty damn well! I set out a daily to-do list for the upcoming week (leaving a few spots blank in case something comes up) and then just…do it. At first I wasn’t entirely confident it would work, but just there’s just something about trying to go to bed knowing not everything’s been crossed off for the day that really hits me deep.

That being said. So far it’s kept me on track to where I got an A on the final for my TEFL course, set medical appointments, started paying more attention to this site, etc. BUT it could not get me to finish my EPIK application lesson plan!

Then it happened: heavy rain = office building flooding; and the next thing I know I have Weds through Friday off. What a dream, right? Nope. Turns out that with all that extra time I literally didn’t know what to do with myself. There was no sense of immediate urgency to get the lesson plan done even though I was anxious to get it done. I’d start doing research to prep and then just put it down and start doing something else: i.e. calling friends, working on roleplays, lunch with my mom, and of course the almighty NETFLIX. I was literally doing everything under the rising son instead of working on this lesson plan because, “I don’t need to have it until next Wednesday“.

BUT, BUT, BUT. You know that strange thing where you either push out the product at the last minute or randomly get the bug and start without prompting? Well, I’m glad to say I’m moving farther away from the first and more towards the second track which is exactly what happened today. I went to my dog sitting gig without my EPIK application materials and absolutely no intent of working on it. Somehow though, I ended up opening Google Docs, opening some tabs to better understand what they’re looking for, and hashed out a rough draft to polish once I get back home.

Was it what I was expecting? Obviously not, but it happened and I felt like a weight was taken off my shoulders because I’d actually produced something meaty!

I think procrastination is one of those things that clearly never fully goes away because we experience it with different tasks for wildly different reasons. I tend to work better when I’ve mapped things out, but if something drastically changes (such as no work for three days) it clearly throws me off my game. The answer isn’t the same for everyone and I know it’s probably not the best to rely on that efficiency bug to bite you in the ass, but isn’t it great how once you get started sometimes you just turn into the energizer bunny and start steam rolling through stuff? Even right now as I’m typing this I’m also resizing my photo to put on my application.

No? Maybe it’s just me.

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