If you have ever dreamed of traveling the world, teaching English abroad, or teaching English online, are two of the most accessible and exciting routes into this lifestyle.
If you haven’t stopped reading yet, we’re guessing you’re already a qualified teacher, or that you at least have a passion for the English language, teaching or maybe connecting with students. If you’re a native or native-level speaker of English, you can tap into a network of MILLIONS of people around the world who desire to learn English and are desperate to learn about your specific Anglophone culture.
To do so, however, if you’re not a qualified teacher you’ll need to obtain a professional certificate from an accredited and internationally-recognized TEFL provider such as TEFL Org confirming your knowledge of English grammar and the various teaching methodologies out there. Our courses are recognized by employers worldwide, so you can be sure that potential employers will trust the rigor of the course you took. The most recommended course in terms of employability is the 120-hour option.
Read on to discover 6 reasons why you should TEFL after graduation!
1. To explore the world
If like many students, you haven’t left university with a bulk of savings that will permit you to go traveling before starting a graduate scheme, the next best thing is to accept a contract to teach at a school in destinations such as China, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. In these countries, it is the norm amongst many companies to either pay for or reimburse return flights to and from the teaching destination. That means that you can get out there and start teaching immediately.
To top it off, many even give you free accommodation near the school, or a rent supplement, in addition to a start-up loan that can be paid back when you receive your first pay packet. As if that isn’t enough, you also get bonuses in many Asian and Middle-Eastern countries for completing your contract. If you’re not desperate to live in a capital city and choose wisely, you’d be well-advised to work in an inexpensive region or city which will enable you to save a decent amount of money by the end of the year and do plenty of traveling.
Beyond Asia and the Middle East, you can also consider many destinations in Europe such as Spain and Italy, as well as lesser-known TEFL destinations for teaching foreigners abroad.
2. To acquire a second, third or maybe even fourth language
Everyone knows that complete immersion is the best way to learn a new language. So, if you don’t have a job lined up after graduation, or you’re in that awkward period between completing university and starting your first graduate job or completing another qualification, now is your time to take up that challenge.
If you’re willing to make a provincial town in which English is barely spoken your new home, you’ll progress by leaps and bounds because you’ll have no choice but to learn and (more importantly) speak the local lingo. The process of learning a new language won’t feel like such hard work when you get to apply what you’ve learned every day outside of the English classroom.
3. To avoid a gap in your CV after graduation
Sometimes life gives you lemons in the form of rejected applications. It sucks, but one of the best ways to overcome the feeling of rejection or humiliation is to turn those lemons into lemonade by doing something completely out of the norm. Whilst all of your friends are headed to slick city firms, you can head off to paradise and see more places and collect more memories than a 21-day holiday allowance will ever permit you to see.
If you can set yourself apart from other candidates in future job applications, you’ll stand a much better chance of making it into the interviewer’s ‘yes’ pile. Who knows, one of the extracurricular activities or leadership roles you picked up during your time teaching English to foreigners might be the perfect example of a particular competency and help you to nab the role of your dreams. You’ll acquire a plethora of transferable skills whilst teaching abroad.
4. To develop your public-speaking skills
One thing that all TEFL teachers will say after having spent at least half a year teaching is that their confidence in working a ‘stage’ grows significantly. There is no better way to tackle mild anxiety about public-speaking than by having to get up in front of a class and present every day. This is a critical skill in many careers and you will really learn how to work a room when you have to engage a classroom full of rowdy or demotivated students. Deciding to TEFL after graduation doesn’t mean you have to TEFL for life. You may love it, find a foreign-beau, and choose to stick with it forever. But if not, it may simply be the best choice right now which will help to prepare you for your future career.
5. To supplement your income whilst you pursue other goals
You can use teaching online to supplement your income whilst you strive to achieve other goals in life. If you’re planning to launch an online business, create a video blog on Youtube or run a traditional blog or website, teaching for an online company, a tuition center, or a school is one of the most stable career options out there. You’ll have to be discerning in order to get the best TEFL positions out there, but the ability to earn a stable income each month does exist and there are always vacancies around the world.
6. To work from the comfort of your home
If you want to lounge around in your house clothes all day, whilst having the freedom to live wherever you want, teaching English online is one of the most developed industries out there for it. Being a digital nomad gives you the flexibility to live abroad without worrying about work politics. You’ll have more hours at your disposal to sleep well, eat well, explore the local culture and cuisine, explore the region, and learn the local language if you wish. If not having to wait for buses in the cold, pay for expensive travel passes, or walk to people’s houses isn’t enough to convince you to take up an online gig, we don’t know what will.
Whether you were drawn to teaching because you’re a language lover, suffer from insatiable wanderlust, or are passionate about teaching, teaching English is one of the most rewarding careers.