A typical review class at the Carl E. Balita Review Center
MANILA – Here’s good news for fresh graduates who are actively looking for a job: review centers in the country offer competitive salary and other perks to its instructors.
Over the years, examinations in the country get more difficult and competitive. This is why students who wish to enter a learning institution of their choice and individuals who want to obtain professional license enroll in review centers for more thorough preparation and guidance.
However, what most Filipinos do not know is that review centers also provide great employment opportunities for job seekers.
A University of the Philippines (UP) professor who works on the side as an instructor at review center told ABS-CBNNews.com that she receives good compensation and other perks.
Most review centers in the country pay their instructors on a per hour basis. In the case of the professor who requested for anonymity, she receives a minimum of P500 per hour.
A maximum of 8 hours earns her more than P5,000.
“Four hours ‘yung minimum [lecture time] per day. Yung rate na P500 per hour ay depende pa sa budget ng organization; kapag mataas ‘yung plan na kinuha ng mga estudyante, tataas din ang rate mo. In four hours, the highest amount I earned is P2,600. Mababa na ‘yung P2,000,” she said.
Aside from the competitive salary they receive, review center instructors are able to make their work schedule more flexible as they can choose their own work shift. In addition, they are also given free meals after each class.
Despite having a main occupation, teaching review classes is not at all difficult, said the instructor.
“Hindi siya mahirap kasi na-feed na sa iyo lahat... ipo-provide na nila sa `yo ‘yung materials, ‘yung powerpoint (presentation), ‘yung questions, the questionnaires and the answer key. Ang babayaran ng review center sa iyo ay ‘yung time mo at ‘yung boses mo. Hindi rin demanding ‘yung lessons kasi napag-aralan na naman ‘yun during high school and elementary... ire-review ko na lang ulit.”
Review center instructors, according to her, need not be experts. However, they must have sufficient knowledge about the subject matter and the capability to effectively prepare students for their examinations.
Other review centers demand additional requirements from their instructors. Some only hire graduates of certain universities.
Others hire instructors who have already taken particular examinations in order to give the right training to the reviewees.
However, she maintained that teaching review classes is seasonal and project-based.
“As a part-time job, yes, it is an ideal job. Bukod kasi sa enjoy ka sa pagtuturo, hindi rin sobrang bigat ang trabaho. Pero in the long run, kailangan pa rin na may full-time job ka,” she said.
In an interview with ABS-CBNNews.com, Review Center Association of the Philippines Vice President Carl Balita said that working in review centers is ideal because most review center programs are very stable nowadays, though with some exceptions.
“The nursing review program is actually dying because of the decline of students taking up nursing. Pero sa ibang fields okay naman, very stable like the LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers) review, sa accountancy booming ‘yan, civil service exam review programs are doing good and other courses.”
Balita is the owner of the Carl E. Balita Review Center, one of the country’s widest review center chains with more than 30 branches here and in other countries.
He said that different review centers may have different hiring requirements for instructors. However, many review centers in the country are open to employing fresh college graduates who will meet the minimum requirements.
“Mataas kasi ang level ng review [centers]. Kung ang fresh graduate ay exam topnotcher, pwedeng-pwede siya [as an instructor]. ‘Yung ibang review centers, hindi rin kasi demanding [ang requirements]. ‘Yung iba naman, mahalaga din kapag may experience na.”
He said that the regular rate among instructors range from P400 to more than P1,000, depending on the level of the instructor.
Balita also said that aside from instructors, there are also other jobs available in review centers for fresh college graduates. These include facilitators and test or drill masters.
“Facilitators don’t actually teach a subject; they only teach approach to answering – ‘yung mga test drills ang hina-handle nila.”
Balita also stressed that it is very important for review center instructors have good communication skills.
“Kailangan [sa review center instructors ay] good communicators. Hindi lahat ng matalino ay pwedeng maging reviewers kasi you hold a class for 8 hours so paano mo gagawing dynamic ‘yung klase? May mga nag-a-apply sa amin na mga [exam] topnotchers pero kapag inilagay mo sa harap ng klase, they cannot deliver. Kailangan total performer ka – may sense of humor and dynamic personality ka. So good communication skills are mandatory talaga.”