Sunday, 13 May 2012

Hot Topic: Life After TEFL

Admittedly TEFL teachers can have a pretty easy life. They can dress casually, classes may not start until the afternoon, and they may only have to prepare a couple lessons a week can be easy to get used to. Not to mention that some employers provide housing, flights, visas, and taxes are pretty minimal. That's not to say that all TEFL teachers have it this easy, but even if they their life is harder, it's often easier than jobs back home.

All good things must come to an end and while there are some lifers, many people get out of TEFL sooner or later. Some are only doing it as a gap year or two, while others might do it for 5, 10, 15 years and then decide to get out. Whatever your case, you're going to need to plan ahead. Think about how you can apply the skills that you're acquiring now to another career. Start your research now and work towards a goal. If you'd like to stay in TEFL and become a lifer, try reading, making a career out of TEFL. If you want out, then try reading transitioning out of TEFL. Remember, one plan is good, but having a backup plan or two, is even better.

What do you think?
Do you have a solid plan for the future? Are you in TEFL for the long run or just a couple of years?

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