Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, our newest My Embassy Life student blogger, has been working as a journalist in her home country of Colombia, she knew that in order to achieve her goals of taking her career to the next level, she needed to improve her English language skills. Because Angela’s dreams also included international travel, particularly to Australia, when she discovered Embassy Melbourne, she knew had found the perfect programme. As part of her intensive English language immersion, Angela will be writing weekly articles for Study Group’s Brightly Blog, as well as acting as a guest contributor to the Embassy English Blog. Stay tuned to follow Angela’s Embassy Life in fascinating Melbourne, Australia!
Jules Kaplan, 45, is the Centre Director at Embassy Melbourne and has been since 2015. He is well known amongst students and teachers for his exceptional ability to ensure all is in working order in the institution.
Like any one of us, Jules began his career gradually. He first taught English, then he was head teacher and after to a lot effort, he became the director.
In this interview, you can find out some interesting details about him. For instance, his hobby is writing, so he confessed that he used to write comedy and got the opportunity to perform stand-up comedy when he was in Sydney.
Well, I became a teacher at Embassy in 2009, and then I became a head teacher. After I became a centre academic manager, and in November of the last year, I became the centre director. I enrolled students while running the centre, and keeping the customers happy because for me the students are our customers.
I firmly believe that if we can provide a good product to the students, we can continue being one of the best places to study languages.
It is hard work! If you got an employment contract, and you have to work from 8 o’clock to 4 o’clock, you have to fulfill your entire obligations and give the 110 percent. Moreover, it is crucial to learn about the industry and enjoy what you are doing.
For example, I started as a teacher so I enjoyed being in the classroom, I love teaching, but I felt I wanted to do something different. Therefore, I started to study how businesses can be successful. Just think that not everything ends in the classroom.
The teacher is the most important person in the organisation because they are directly dealing with the students. At Embassy, they know that they are not high school teachers; they are language trainers. However, sometimes they are the only contact that international students have at the time of their study period, so they have to take on teacher characteristics.
In conclusion, they are a support for the students. For us, it is especially significant that the teachers put their energy into helping their students to be successful. On the other hand, at Embassy English, it is important that the teachers get a qualification.
They need to have at least an undergraduate degree and teaching English certificate; that is the entry level.
Sometimes I have to report to immigration students for lack of attendance, so dealing with that is not easy. However, Study Group is one of the rewarded institutions and has a high position in the industry because we follow rules and regulations. Perhaps it is hard to understand for the students, but it is very important to me be sure we are maintaining that high position. Immigration knows we are doing our job really well. Therefore, if somebody it is not attending at school we advise the student to get all documents together and to go to immigration and report that kind of thing.
Fortunately, the students are good with attendance in our Melbourne campus.
Embassy is at the front of technology in the industry of English teaching, which is a great advantage we have. However, it is not all about technology; it is teaching and using technology to help. That is the focus, because you can have the best computer or software in the world, but if you do not have a good teacher, you will not succeed.
Even though it is hard to separate your job from your real life, on weekends it is really important to do that. Thankfully, I have a nice and understanding wife and three beautiful girls. They are very fun and they keep me busy. I came to Melbourne because I met my wife in Sydney when I was living there and she was on holidays. I have been married nine years, during this time we decided to move down to Melbourne to recreate our lives.
Regarding my hobbies, I like to watch documentary movies and even if I do not understand the languages, I try to pick it up especially Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. I used to write a lot of fiction and comedy when I was in Sydney, a little bit of stand-up comedy and I did some performances in local venues.« Previous post
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