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Is it a bad idea to teach English in Asia with bachelors in Chem Eng ??

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  • Xonc
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    7 May, 2019 at 14:05
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    Just finished degree at a semi-respected University, absolutely hated the subject but persevered and successfully crammed to a first class (UK, = 4.0 in US) although I have retained minimal knowledge shown by flunking interviews when they ask fundamental engineering questions. Had a place on Masters program (fees paid in full) but declined due to disinterest in the field and no desire to pursue career in engineering. Was looking at graduate schemes that I could potentially get into with the degree (mainly finance related) but have no motivation or interest (other than potential salary).

    Recently been researching teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) which is seeming common for westerners who know none of the local language to do after they complete a short certificate in teaching on top of ANY bachelors degree. Pay is not great understandably but hours are quite short and living costs are very low depending where you live. From my research it is best to get the certificate then literally book a one way ticket to HK or Taiwan and sort out visas, accommodation and job once you arrive. Seems quite daunting but the more I look into it the more I want to do it for at least a year and see how it goes.

    Cliffs:
    > B Eng degree in UK
    > Hate Engineering
    > Hate idea of any sort of 9-5 grind
    > Can take 120 hr course and teach English as a second language to Asians
    > Poor wage but low living costs
    > On dat yellow fever time big time

    Thoughts?

    dan
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    7 May, 2019 at 14:11
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    From my research it is best to get the certificate then literally book a one way ticket to HK or Taiwan and sort out visas, accommodation and job once you arrive

    That’s one way to do it (although can be risky, no guarantee of a legit job…) and many teachers do it this way

    > B Eng degree in UK
    > Hate Engineering
    > Hate idea of any sort of 9-5 grind
    > Can take 120 hr course and teach English as a second language to Asians
    > Poor wage but low living costs
    > On dat yellow fever time big time

    – Not many TEFL jobs are 9-5 grind so you’ll be good there!
    – Not sure what you mean by the yellow fever comment?

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