Not every teaching contract promises a world of horrible consequences if you quit your contract early – but some may do. That’s why it’s important to know where you stand before handing in your resignation.For some, leaving a teaching contract early could mean they’d forfeit the initial airfare reimbursement or rental bond, for example, although many would be fine trading that in for greater job enjoyment.
Nevertheless, you should know if your employer is likely to request an exit fee or if they will ask you to vacate your apartment if they’re the ones who arranged your accommodation to begin with. Knowing where you stand – and what you stand to lose, if anything – will bring greater clarity to your situation. It could be your incentive to stay and work until the contract ends or you may feel empowered to leave regardless. This is a very subjective matter.
It’s also important to note that the more reputable and professional the school, the easier you will find it to quit your teaching contract early if you aren’t happy. Yes, there are plenty of terrible stories told time and time again but, to be honest, there are just as many great stories – of good schools, excellent principals and fantastic working environments.
Quitting your teaching job early isn’t always a huge issue – sometimes, teaching in China can surprise you!
Just like no teacher wants to be stuck in a position they no longer enjoy; no principal wants a teacher who no longer wishes to be there