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  • Janperth
    11 February, 2020 at 7:04
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    I am a retired university lecturer with 30 years experience teaching Sociology at a University in Perth, Western Australia. I have a PhD. I also have a British passport.

    I am currently considering undertaking a CELTA qualification (10 weeks part time not 4 weeks intensive) with the hope of working in northern Spain as a TESL part-time teaching assistant in 2021.

    I wonder if any forum members might be able to advise me on whether such a plan is realistic given my age – 67 and lack of formal teaching qualifications. I am aware that such positions are available to younger folk but accept that I might not be eligible or readily employable. This might become less feasible post the finalisation of Brexit. As you are aware the qualification is expensive and I need to consider my options realistically.

    Any advice will be gratefully received.

    18 February, 2020 at 6:41
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    Hi Janperth

    As far as I’m aware, there isn’t any legal restriction to working in Spain past a certain age (but please correct me if I’m wrong someone). So in theory, all other things being equal, you would be just as eligible, and have just as much chance of finding work, as anyone else.

    In practice though, as you correctly allude to in your post, you are very likely to find some level of overt or subconscious age discrimination from employers, as you likely would in most industries. And this will be practised to different extents by different schools.

    You are still employable, but you will probably find that you have to be much more persistent and patient in your job search than would a 30 year old. So it may be a case of doing things to maximise your chances – moving to towns or cties where there are a large number of jobs to choose from, for example. Being on the ground in Spain increases your chances of finding work compared to applying at a distance – you can put your case forward in person, and often employers will go with the certainty of someone actually being there ready to start. But then you have to consider the possibility of being there for a length of time while looking for work and therefore not getting paid, and plan accordingly.

    Hope that helps a bit?


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