Thursday 1 May 2014

Getting Your First Job

Updated 8 December 2014

There are many different ways to get into TEFLing. Some people start directly out of university, others pursue a different career and then get into teaching, and still others retire and decide to teach. Whatever your case, there are some important things to know about getting your first job. Below are some common questions.
  • What if I already have teaching experience? If you have teaching experience and want to get into TEFLing, try reading international schools, teaching exchanges and making a career out of TEFL.
  • Is my age an issue? Some people's ages are an issue. Find out if that's true for you by reading too old to teach? and too young to teach? 
  • Can I teach without a degree? Some countries will let you teach without a university degree. Find out which ones will by reading no degree.
  • Can I teach if I'm not a native speaker? There are still jobs out there for you. Find out where you can teach by reading not a native speaker.
  • How do I write a cover letter and CV? Now that you've decided to start teaching, you'll need a cover letter and CV specific to teaching. Find out how to write these in teaching cover letters and teaching CVs.
  • Where should I go? With so many choices out there it's hard to choose a country. Read what's the best country? to find out more. 
  • Do you have any interview and demo lesson tips?Interviews and demo lessons can be stressful. Read tips on how to do well at interview and demo lesson.

TEFL Courses
Many people decide to take a TEFL course before they start teaching. With online, on-campus, and blended learning options out there, it's easy to find the right one. CCELT is a 100-hour online TEFL certificate. The University of Toronto has 100, 120, and 150 hour online certificates.

Read choosing a TEFL course to find out which one is the right one for you. If you choose to do an on-site course, you'll have to decide whether to take it at home or abroad. Find out which is best for you at doing an intensive TEFL cert at home vs. abroad. Others decide not to take a TEFL course right away. Find out the pros and cons of doing this at the article, No TEFL cert. There are other ways to learn about teaching besides taking a TEFL course. Find out how in learning about TEFLing and teaching.

Internships, Teaching Practices, Short-term Jobs, and Working Holiday Visas
Some TEFL courses might be able to help you get an internship. If your course provider doesn't do that, you could find one on your own. You might also want to check out internships teaching English in China. Looking for a job for only a couple weeks? Or interesting in working holiday options? Try read working holiday visas and short-term jobs. Want to exchange teaching English for housing or free language lessons? Read free housing and classes for more info.

Once You Get a Job Offer
You'll have to decide whether or not to take it. Look at accepting or rejecting a job offer to decide if the job is good or not. After accepting a job, it's time to start lesson planning. Learn about the most popular lesson planning sites at sites for lesson planning. Try also looking at these teaching tips.

Moving Abroad
Now that you've accepted a job, there are some more things that you'll have to worry about. Costs can be an issue, try reading budgeting and costs of living to find out more.
Packing your life into a suitcase or two can be tough, learn about what to keep and what to toss at your life in a suitcase.

Knowing about culture shock ahead of time will greatly help you out. You should also try reading moving to another country and living in another country. Learning the language, even a little bit, will help you out in more ways than you can imagine.

Last but not least, look into paying taxes in your own country. Americans, for example, have to file taxes even if they live abroad. Teaching English is a wonderful experience and it allows you to experience different cultures and learn about different customs firsthand and not from a tourist's perspective. If you're looking for more info, here are a lot of resources for teaching English abroad. Best of luck and enjoy!


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