Big dreams getting shattered :(

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  • Nozzlenii
    7 March, 2015 at 23:04
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    I’m new to this forum so please bare with me.

    I’m sat here feeling disheartened and sorry for myself. I’m a 30 year old female with 3 kids, who has experience in teaching English as a second language, also i have administration experience and work for the MoJ.

    I have completed a 3 day TEFL course and an online grammar course, i also have a LLB Law degree.

    basically i have always dreamed of working in the uae/gulf/middle east region. But after making alot of applications online through various recruitment sites and agencies i have been unsuccessful, which is probably down to my lack of experience and qualifications.

    But what i wanted to know is if i should give up on this dream as it seems i will never be the candidate schools in this region are looking for or should i continue chasing my dream. I don’t want to undertake the PGCE route as i have young children and i think i will be taking on too much.

    Anybody got any advice that may cheer me up or set me straight on my realistic chances of getting any work in the UAE?

    14 March, 2015 at 13:17
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    Reply To: Big dreams getting shattered :(

    Hmmm noone with any or tips?

    5 May, 2016 at 6:38
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    It’s not over! Don’t give up! What you need is CELTA. This is the key for the door to UAE. Don’t go for the crash course. It’ll be too much. Go for part-time. 7-8 months. Two classes per week. It’ll cost you in the region of £1200.

    Good luck!

    5 May, 2016 at 7:16
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    [quote]I have been unsuccessful, which is probably down to my lack of experience and qualifications.[/quote]

    I think that’s probably the issue. Securing a job in the UAE will be almost impossible with just a 3 day TEFL course and no experience. If you’re serious about this you need to look at taking the CELTA or Trinity Cert TESOL, and probably then gaining a couple of years experience minimum in another country first.

    The dream is certainly possible, but you’ll have to invest the money (CELTA/Trinity) and time (experience elsewhere) first…

    Hope that helps.


    5 May, 2016 at 19:49
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    For teaching positions in the Gulf region, job requirements are strict and schools often seek teachers with a teaching license, as well as a few years of teaching experience. Unfortunately, a TEFL certificate might not be enough for this region specifically.

    Since you don’t seem to have a teaching license, you may need to set your sights on another part of the world, such as Asia. Regardless of where you choose to teach, it will be an incredible experience! Individuals who lack qualifications/experience need to be flexible in terms of their desired location if they want to land a job. I recommend visiting and take a look at some of the programs and schools they recruit for. You can browse the job board to get an idea of job requirements by region and position. Good luck!

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