Is a teaching career change right for you?
Here are 11 good reasons to take a TEFL course and start a career as an accredited English teacher.
If you are bored with your current situation, just graduated and unsure about what to do or want to take an extended break from your current job, a teaching career change could be just what the doctor ordered.
Age is a benefit in Teaching English as a foreign language. It is one of the few jobs where employers value age as it equates to life experience. We have had people as old as 68 take our course and then find work.
Here is a list of 11 good reasons to take a TEFL course and consider a teaching career change. If you like what you see, then a teaching career change could be just what the doctor ordered.
11 good reasons for taking a TEFL course to start your teaching career
A lower budget career change alternative to university
The EBC Trinity CertTESOL course costs 1,100 Euros to complete online and 1,400 Euros to complete in Madrid. Both of these courses take four weeks to complete. Going to university can cost $60,000 to $100,000 or even more and takes a few years to finish. After you finish your university studies, how many more years will it take to repay the loans?
Learn something new
Teaching is an invaluable skill. You can use it in your personal and professional life. In addition, your ability to transmit knowledge is a skill that education and the corporate world value highly.
Travel and pay your way by teaching English
Teaching English abroad is an excellent idea if you want to travel. Explore the world and pay for it by teaching English. There are thousands of English teaching jobs abroad in many different countries. The only limit on your travel will be where you want to go.
Learn another language
Just because you are teaching English abroad does not mean you cannot learn the local language. You have to go shopping, go to the bank, eat out, etc. There is no better way to learn a language or brush up on your existing language skills than by living in a country where they speak it. Many people can only dream of immersing themselves in a foreign language like this, but you are one of the lucky ones who can do it by teaching English abroad.
Experience life in a different culture
Life is full of many different cultures. Your own culture has many things imported from other cultures. Your life at home only gives you a slight taste of overseas cultures. Teaching English abroad lets you experience life in another culture to a much greater depth than two weeks on holiday or by following what it says in your Lonely Planet guidebook.
Have you just graduated and are not sure what to do next?
Are you exhausted after finishing your degree or masters? Do you want a time-out before you rush straight into the rat race? Teaching English abroad is ideal for taking some time off, travelling, getting some new life experiences and taking a time-out to think through some alternatives.
Bored with your current job and want a teaching career change
Teaching English abroad is a tremendous opportunity to do something different. It lets you travel, visit other countries and gives you time to relax and think about new careers.
Expand your life-awareness
Break free of your current situation. Put on your explorer hat! There is nothing like an adventure. You will surprise yourself with what you learn about yourself and other cultures. National Geographic is one thing, but being there is a different story.
Think outside of the box
Many people would never consider teaching English abroad, let alone living in a different country, because it goes against their cultural programming. Step outside of your “box”. You will be amazed at what you see and learn. These days, career success is given to people who think outside of the box and have multi-cultural experiences.
Earn a decent wage
There are many areas of the world where English teachers are in demand. Teaching English as a foreign language is a professional skill. It is usually highly regarded in most countries. Financial compensation varies, but you should earn enough to have a fairly decent lifestyle. Certainly enough to explore the country where you work. IMPORTANT: Do not convert the salary on offer to your currency and get worried if it is a lot less. Compare the cost of living to where you are right now. Doing this puts the salary and its buying power into proper perspective. An informative site to use for a cost of living comparison is Expatistan.
Beef up your resume
If you’ve learned how to teach a classroom full of non-English speakers, you have the fundamental skills needed to teach almost anything. Of course, you’ll have to learn a new subject, but the mechanics and techniques of teaching and knowledge transmission do not change. If you can teach in a classroom, you’ll be able to teach, explain and present to others in the workplace. All employers like people who can successfully and efficiently transmit knowledge to others.
So is a teaching career change for you?
If it is, you won’t be disappointed.
Our final word about a teaching career change is a hidden benefit. When you decide to become a Trinity CertTESOL accredited English language teacher, you will shape the lives of your students. You will give them essential language skills that will help them improve their lives.
Aside from the 11 teaching career reasons shown above, it’s a great feeling to know that you have directly helped others using your skills.