Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Young Person's Guide to Moving Abroad

Updated 2 December 2014

Overseas Exile has a quick summary about how to move abroad in The Young Person's Guide to Moving Abroad. However, there are two points that I disagree with.
  1. Not needing to be a skilled worker to get a TEFL job
  2. Not being able to work in Europe
You need to be a skilled worker
He claims that teaching English is "one of the most popular ways that young, unskilled workers can move to another country." Sure, if you want a crappy job then you don't need skills or experience to teach English.

If you want to earn $40,000 a year, teach 15 hours a week, and have 5 months paid vacation, then you're going to need to be a skilled worker. You can read more in my post, getting a university job in Korea. If you more info, I'd definitely recommend Jackie Bolen's book, “How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams.” She wrote a couple of guest posts here at TEFL Tips, How to get the university job in Korea that you want and why I love working at a Korean university. She's been in Korea for over a decade and really knows her stuff.

Korea's not the only place that has a good salary and good benefits. Gone are the days where anybody can waltz into a school and get a job. Now you usually need a degree and more places are asking for a TEFL cert, and even a criminal background check in order to get you a visa. Japan, Brunei, the Middle East, and parts of Africa are also great places to save money while teaching English. Try reading what's the best country to teach in for more info.

Europe's still open
I also don't agree that Europe is impossible to get into. I've written about a number of ways to work in Europe legally, such as interning, teaching English, and camp work, as well as the visa options available, such as student, partner, and heritage visa. You can read more in Europe for non-EU citizens.

The Guide
With that being said, he still has good information about . . .

He also talks about fantasy and reality. Mainly if you have little or no. . .
  • life experience
  • work experience
  • education
  • language skills 
  • money
. . . you're going to find it tough to move abroad.

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