Boost Your Employability - Teach English Abroad!

You can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job… it's one of the biggest problems that students face after University, as outlined in GradTouch's recent article - How To Get Work Experience.

As competition for internships increases graduates are turning their attention towards employability-boosting alternatives - and one of the big ones is TEFL.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) abroad not only offers a more serious side to travelling but also provides you with a great opportunity to gain some of those handy transferable skills (or even a career!) whilst getting paid at the same time. Here are 3 of the main reasons why TEFL can be a fantastic career move:
                                            “TEFL Jobs are growing all around the world!”

1. You'll learn new skills

Class management, time-keeping, effective planning, public speaking, patience and motivation are just a few of the many skills that you gain as a teacher and that will really impress future employers.

In general, international work experience is highly respected. Teaching English abroad isn’t an easy bar job in the sun; teaching is a respected profession and your teaching will have a direct impact on the lives of others ... although that doesn’t mean you can’t travel on weekends of course!

2. You'll be forced to survive in a new environment!

With all the amazing skills that you acquire through teaching it is also incredibly important to remember the basics: you’ll be living and working abroad!

Your ability to master the day-to-day practicalities of working and living in another country without being able to speak the local language (and no you don’t need to!) will be highly regarded by future employers as it shows initiative, courage and a capability of adapting to new and different situations.

Impressive CV? Tick!

3. It's a chance to gain another qualification

It never hurts to have another qualification under your belt; as TEFL teacher, Paul, found out after graduating in 2009. Four years later he is still teaching English in Japan!

"Three and a half years ago I found myself graduating university with a degree in hand and that was it ... my future looked bleak as I struggled to find a job... a few months later I was TEFL qualified and had landed myself a teaching position in Japan!

I've had a roller coaster ride... with many great moments, TEFL has been the best thing to happen to me so far!"

So now that your interested.... where should you go? and how much can you earn?!

There’s a demand for English teachers all over the world but there are certain destinations that draw graduates year after year.

Japan remains high up on many people’s top travel lists – but what’s it like to live there? Well for a start, how does earning up to £2000 a month sound?!

Japan not for you? Becoming a millionaire (well, sort of!) in South Korea and earn up to 2.1 – 2.3 million KRW a month (£1200-£1400 a month). The explosion of Gangam Style has put South Korea firmly on the TEFL map and with a high demand for teachers, free accommodation and flight reimbursement on offer – it’s no surprise!

So, if you are still thinking about what to do after graduation? Think TEFL!

Apply to teach English in Thailand or Vietnam with Invasion Jobs, or if you want to find out more about getting TEFL qualified and heading abroad check out this free Graduate Guide from i-to-i.


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