Is a teaching career change right for you?

A teaching career change could be what you are looking for. If you are: bored with your current situation, just graduated and unsure about what to do or simply want to take an extended break from your current job, a teaching career change could be just what you need.

Age is a benefit in Teaching English as a foreign language. It’s one of the few jobs where employers value age as it equates to life experience. On the EBC course we’ve had people as old as 68 take the course and then find work.

Here’s a list of 11 reason why you should consider a teaching career change. Have a look through them and if they look good to you then a teaching career change could be just what the doctor ordered.

11 good reasons for a teaching career change

  1. A lower budget career change alternative to university – As an example, our program costs 1,250 Euros and takes 4 weeks to complete. University can cost from $60,000 to $100,000 or even more and takes a few years to finish. After you’ve finished, how many more years to repay the loans ?
  2. Get trained in a new skill – Being able to teach is an invaluable skill that you will be able to use throughout your personal and professional life. Transmitting knowledge is a highly regarded skill that is sought after in education and in the corporate world.
  3. Travel – Teaching English abroad is a great 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.
  4. Learn another language – Just because you’re teaching English abroad, doesn’t mean you won’t be able to learn the local language. You’ll have to go shopping, go to the bank, mail letters etc. There is no better way to learn a language or brush-up your existing language skills than by living in a country where it is spoken. Many people can only dream of immersing themselves in a foreign language like this, but you’re one of lucky ones who can really do it by teaching English abroad.
  5. Experience life in a different culture – Life is full of many different cultures. Your own culture is probably made up of many things imported from other cultures. Your life at home just gives you a slight taste of overseas cultures. Teaching English abroad will give you the opportunity to experience life in another culture to a much greater depth than 2 weeks on holiday or by following what it says in your Lonely Planet guidebook.
  6. Just graduated and you don’t know what to do – If you’re exhausted after finishing your degree or masters and don’t want to 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.
  7. Bored with your current job and want a teaching career change – Teaching English abroad is a great opportunity to do something totally different. It will allow you to travel, visit other countries and it gives you some time to think about new careers.
  8. Expand your life-awareness – Break free of your current situation and put on your explorers hat. There’s nothing like an adventure. You’ll surprise yourself about what you learn about you and the other cultures you choose to live in. National Geographic is one thing, but being there is a completely different story.
  9. Think outside of the box – Many people wouldn’t consider teaching English abroad let alone living in a different country because it goes against their cultural programming. Step outside of your “box” and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll see and learn. Career success is usually given to people who think outside of the box and have multi-cultural experiences.
  10. 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 and is usually highly regarded regardless of which country you are in. Financial compensation varies but in general you’ll earn enough to have a fairly decent life-style. Certainly enough to explore the country you’re in. IMPORTANT: Don’t just convert the salary on offer to your currency and then get worried if it’s a lot less. You MUST compare the cost of living to where you are right now. This will put the salary into proper perspective. A good site to use for cost of living comparisons is Expatistan.
  11. 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. You’ll have to learn a new subject, but the mechanics and techniques of teaching and knowledge transmission remain the same. 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. If you do decide to make a teaching career change, you will help to 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.

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Highly Recommended! Everyone is helpful and the course itself was very helpful, especially for people who have no teaching background and would like to change careers.
Cheyenne Albon
08:00 10 Oct 18
I had a good time doing my TEFL here in Madrid with EBC. The classes always started on time with a very realistic approach used to teach. I would recommend people to do TEFL from EBC to learn good ways to teach English and make it fun for students.
gaurav swamy
12:52 05 Oct 18
i learned a lot of strategies in teaching.I took the intensive 1 month course and it was really hard work but it was well worth it. Thanks a lot to our amazing teacher. I was so happy to receive my Certificate.Thanks alot EBC for everything.
lhiz Velasco Cabales
08:27 05 Sep 18
EBC is a wonderful academy. I attended an intensive course to gain my TEFL/TESOL qualification. The teaching was in-depth, covering skills, general and business English, as well as how to teach children and adults. All of this was imparted by our professional guide, John. Thank you to all the staff who went out of their way to be encouraging and helpful. It has been a memorable experience!
Michelle Fernández
18:00 02 Sep 18
Great course with an awesome staff. All aspects of teaching, grammar, finding work and even living in Spain are covered in great detail. Would recommend highly to anyone looking to do their TEFL.
Joe Kemp
12:53 31 Aug 18
Excellent and very comprehensive programme. Our instructor taught us everything we need to know about teaching English. The practice teaching sessions we did are great experience for the real world and I now feel confident that I can teach professionally. Thank you John for your commitment and dedication.
Susi Santorelli
12:03 31 Aug 18
Totally recommend EBC. A thorough course, well worth the money and with highly qualified instructors. I had never taught before taking this course, but the 8 hours teaching practice makes you feel so prepared. They answered every single one of my questions and made me feel confident to make this investment. Don't hesitate taking this course!
Kathryn Royal
11:59 31 Aug 18
Great course! You'll work very hard (it's very intensive) but definitely worth it. I totally recommend it.
Sol Montaser
09:00 27 Jul 18
The class was very good. The instructor John is friendly and very thorough with his classes. William, in the front office, is a joy and is very helpful with all of my course needs. Tita, is very nice and was helpful in explaining different options for working and staying in Madrid.
Jaime Tully
08:59 27 Jul 18
John is a good teacher and he puts efforts inorder to understand your requirements. He teaches you in the right ways, like how to present the language in a simple way, how to keep the motivation on, etc.It´s a intensive course but it´s really worth !!Willam is a good administrator. Thanks for all the help and support. 🙂
Tanya Bhagat
11:41 18 May 18
The course is very intensive but IT IS REALY WORTH! If you are looking for a course that teaches you how to become an English teacher, well this is the best one. You really get the better skills for teaching English at all levels with a clear knowledge about what you are doing. The staff of the course is really nice and helpful. He is a really nice person who helps you whatever you need.Teachers here at really good and they really know how to train you as a English teacher very well.
Dro !
11:24 18 May 18
I am very pleased with my experience at EBC Madrid. Professor John was an amazing mentor that really prepared my classmates and I to teach English. I feel confident going into the job market and finding a teaching job.
Elizabeth Wohlford
15:28 08 Mar 18
EBC Madrid had equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills I need to be better in teaching. William is so nice and is very accommodating to us students. And, John is the best teacher who can simplify and make the students understand even the most complicated grammatical concept. Kudos!
Anne Marnelli
14:42 08 Mar 18
The course is very intensive but it helps a lot to bring out the best in me. John is an amazing teacher and he is very professional. I'm very thankful for all the guidance and help that I received from EBC. I highly recommend it.
Roxanne A.
14:42 08 Mar 18
The course is really useful. It makes you equipped with the right knowledge, training and attitude. Things you need to have that confidence to go out and face the world as an English teacher. Highly recommended!
Pedi Dela Cruz
14:25 08 Mar 18
This is a great place to get your TEFL certification. The staff is kind, organized and very helpful. It was such a comfortable learning environment that I enjoyed very much. I liked the personalized attention and I got a lot more confidence and experience to be an English teacher. Thanks for everything!
Victoria Metz
10:35 02 Feb 18
I found the instruction throughout the course to be very effective and I finished the course feeling excited and prepared to begin teaching. There is nothing fancy about the EBC facility, however this doesn't in any way reduce the overall quality of the course. John, the instructor, has extensive experience (both as an TEFL teacher and a TEFL course trainer), which is evident in the thoughtful organization of the course. My class had only five students, which created lots of time for personal attention and advice. Make sure you come prepared to work hard!
Adam Schreiber
12:06 14 Dec 17
It was a great and intensive course! I learned and enjoyed this whole learning how to teach experience. Thank you very much for your time and knowledge. I feel well-prepared now. EBC Madrid, 2017.
Michele Buitron
11:57 14 Dec 17
I've just finished my EBC TEFL course. It was a great experience. I definitely recommend this course. John is an amazing teacher and he is very professional. It was just a pleasure. Thank you so much and good luck!
Natalia Egorova
15:04 10 Nov 17
The course has been really useful and the teacher, John, made the classes so much fun and very interesting. It is has been a great experience and has helped me realise how much I really enjoy teaching. It has also been a bit intense at times but I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to become an English teacher.
Natasha Jimenez
20:17 05 Oct 17
Class of August 2017.It's been a busy stressful 4 weeks but I am happy the group and I have all made it and we have TEFL certificates to show for all our hard-work and sleepless nights. Much thanks to our trainer John for his patience and ability to find solutions and guidance to help you find your way and energy throughout the course. EBC international is the best place to learn and share your knowledge of teaching. And for people like me who has no idea how to teach things like grammar and also to learn the grammar...this is the place to be!
Ashley Kabanda
11:14 31 Aug 17

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