Ramona – Field Development Consultant

My journey at Kumon began two years ago after I decided to leave my previous position as an English/Social Studies teacher. I knew I wanted to stay in  education but in a different capacity.

My role as a Field Development Consultant (FDC) has me working with various Kumon Education Centres and their respective Instructors, who own and manage these businesses as franchisees.

We work with our Instructors to strategise ways to build their business. A typical day at Kumon involves coming into the office in the morning to attend staff meetings and knock over the admin. The afternoons involve being out at Centres to work on a wide variety of projects.

It would be easy for me to say I chose Kumon, but I feel in many ways that Kumon chose me. I’ve never worked with such an incredible group of colleagues who are so driven, unified and passionate about children’s education.

At Kumon, I feel my opinions are valued. I’m encouraged to think outside the box, to always challenge myself, and to make use of the many opportunities that are presented to me. These are part of the reasons why I continue coming to Kumon, every day.

I feel that am contributing positively to not just my own skillset, but to an organisation where all strengths and differences are celebrated. The improvement of a student is always at the heart of every decision that Kumon makes.

A few Kumon career highlights include being an emcee at our yearly advanced student awards ceremony and the annual National Instructors’ Conference, and heading a Study Group for our Instructors.

Through these opportunities and many others, I continuously learn so much, while recognising there is always more to learn. I hope my journey with Kumon continues for many more years.

 I’m encouraged to think outside the box, to always challenge myself, and to make use of the many opportunities that are presented to me.

Nathan – Field Development Consultant

As a Field Development Consultant, I work directly with our Kumon Instructors to support them in delivering the Kumon Method and help them ensure their students have the best possible experience in their Kumon Education Centres.

I also currently lead Instructor recruitment in Victoria and South Australia. This sees me conducting information meetings for those interested in becoming Instructors, interviewing candidates, and researching locations for new Centres.

There is great variation in my day-to-day in my role.  Generally, I start the day in Kumon’s South Melbourne Office to prepare for meetings with Instructors and discuss ideas with my colleagues. I often finish the day visiting Centres around Victoria.

While my time has been and still is greatly varied, there are certainly some highlights. I’ve had the chance to travel around the country, to develop and implement training programs and work with Kumon students who are years above their school grade levels.

There is a good balance between individual independence and teamwork in my day-to-day work, and flexibility and autonomy in working at Kumon. There is also a work culture that fosters creative and collaborative problem solving. Working here leaves me with a great sense of personal achievement.

Having the chance to emcee a National Instructors’ Conference, in front of an audience of hundreds, wasn’t something I ever thought I would do and something I won’t easily forget.

Being an FDC gives me the chance to be out and about meeting different people during the day, not just sitting at a desk.  Kumon also offers many professional development opportunities.

There is a good balance between individual independence and teamwork in my day-to-day work, and flexibility and autonomy in working at Kumon. There is also a work culture that fosters creative and collaborative problem solving.

Misaki – Field Support Coordinator

My name is Misaki and I’m the Field Support Coordinator at Kumon Australia and New Zealand.

This is my tenth year with Kumon. I can confidently say there are always new opportunities to learn and try new things. My main role is to organise conferences for Kumon’s Instructors. This provides them with learning opportunities, a chance to share best practices, and facilitates networking.

We have three conferences a year. One in Japan, our Asia-Oceania conference, and our National Instructor’s Conference in Australia, which is definitely the biggest event of the year.

Tasks that go into organising a conference include choosing the city and venue, developing the registration website, booking accommodation, giving tours and organising local Centre visits, planning the award ceremony, organise transport, arrange handouts, assign staff roles on the day, choose dinner, and organise the entertainment. I work closely with the other teams in Kumon to ensure all these tasks are carried out.

While I’m the organiser, everyone at Kumon works very hard to make it the best day for our Instructors. It is a wonderful feeling creating a big event with people who have such enthusiasm and passion for their work.

Like many other jobs, sometimes it can be challenging, but when Instructors give me feedback that they were inspired by a Centre visit, or when I see them having a great time dancing at the gala dinner – these are priceless moments for me.

When Instructors give me feedback that they were inspired by a Centre visit, or when I see them having a great time dancing at the gala dinner – these are priceless moments for me.

 

Michael – Field Development Consultant

My name is Michael and I am a Field Development Consultant in Kumon Australia and New Zealand. I joined Kumon with a background in teaching. While some aspects of that work carry across, I have had to learn many new skills to work collaboratively with franchisees.

Kumon’s supportive work culture also allows me the freedom to express myself in my work. This is unlike any job environment I have experienced in my career. Fellow staff members are good-natured, supportive, and value teamwork and professionalism.

My day-to-day role is dynamic with new challenges and opportunities to learn. On any given day I am likely to be sharing ideas with fellow colleagues, meeting with members of the community and creating new resources. Without a doubt, however, the most rewarding aspect of my role is working directly with children and making a difference in their lives.

One of my favourite quotes is from Mark Twain who once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why”.

How many careers allow you to reflect upon this with confidence?

Kumon’s supportive work culture also allows me the freedom to express myself in my work. This is unlike any job environment I have experienced in my career. Fellow staff members are good-natured, supportive, and value teamwork and professionalism.

Renita – Field Development Consultant

My current role at Kumon is a Field Development Consultant and I love the  diversity of this role. It involves working closely with Instructors to support them in developing their business with marketing, finance, statistical analysis, staff development and customer service.

Most days we visit different Kumon Education Centres for hands-on work with Instructors, students and parents. Seeing how students benefit from Kumon is also very rewarding.

My typical day at Kumon includes replying to emails in the morning, following up on scheduled plans with Instructors, having consultations to advise on Centre development, and visiting a Centre to provide further feedback on points like student instruction and Centre management.

I initially chose to work at Kumon because I was a Kumon student myself. Kumon study had lasting benefits for my maths ability. Hence, I wanted to understand more about Kumon and be a part of developing more students’ abilities

There are many things I love about working at Kumon. One is how much they care about people; this includes their customers and staff. Before Kumon I came from a banking background, where the focus was mainly on sales and numbers.

However, Kumon is different. There’s a much stronger focus on the experience of the programme and its benefit  for students. The company values itself by nurturing students to be confident and independent learners.

Some career highlights have been travelling overseas and interstate for professional development and conferences. The learning I received from these trips has really opened up my eyes as to where Kumon can take me, and how I can apply my skills to benefit even more children.

Kumon is different. There’s a much stronger focus on the experience of the programme and its benefit  for students. The company values itself by nurturing students to be confident and independent learners.