If you’re in your final year of University, now is the time to start considering your options for after graduation. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll appreciate that the UK job market is not at its healthiest state, with figures in June 2012 showing that 1/5th of graduates were forced to accept part-time employment. Not ideal after three or four years of hard work…
So, how about a solution to:
– The job climate
– The boredom
– The weak CV
TEFL is your answer – Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Firstly, what is TEFL?
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is a popular route for students as it not only offers a more serious side to travelling and exploring the world but builds your CV too. All it takes is a short online course that you can complete in your own time – whether this is alongside your studies or after graduation.
When doing your research on TEFL it is important to ask yourself what kind of experience you want out of it.
-How long do you want to teach for?
– Where do you want to teach?
– What level of qualification will you need?
-Who do you want to teach?
Asking yourself these questions will help you decide which TEFL course is for you.
TEFL Qualifications are generally measured in hours. So a before deciding on your course, take a look at how many hours of TEFL study employers are looking at in the areas you’re interested.
You can find TEFL jobs advertised on a number of websites such as the i-to-i Jobs Board.
How can TEFL solve the job climate?
Available TEFL jobs have remained at a consistently high level thanks to the global demand for English teachers. English is the universal language of: business, science, technology, diplomacy, aviation and advertising – resulting in 1 billion people learning English around the world. As a result, every country needs English teachers, and that could be YOU!
Once you’re TEFL qualified you can start applying for teaching jobs all over the world.
How can TEFL solve your boredom?
If spending up to a year in the destination of your choice isn’t exciting enough there is always the people you meet, the weekend trips, the pay, the cheap cost of living or the challenge of living in a different culture.
How can TEFL solve the weak CV?
Standing out from the crowd is becoming incredibly important when applying for jobs – doing something worthwhile and gaining relevant experience are seemingly just as important as the degree you’ve worked so hard for.
However, this is where TEFL really gets to shine! Here are just some of the amazing transferable skills you’ll pick up by teaching English abroad: confidence, international living, class management, organization, adaptation, learning another language and public speaking.
As much as teaching English abroad is a great way to boost your CV its sole purpose is actually to change lives (yours included!)
If you’re interested in finding out more about the wonderful world of TEFL head to www.onlinetefl.com