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  • Jon_optimist
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    20 June, 2014 at 11:01
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    Hello,

    My name is Jon and I’ve been researching CELTA courses for sometime now.

    I have recently applied to an local school in my area (Torbay) and hope to hear from them soon, with regards to taking a celta course.

    My issue is that I worry I won’t be able to find any meaningful employment as I do not have a degree. I dropped out of my degree after 18 months or so a few years ago.

    I was hoping I could fund the completion of an OU degree whilst teaching using the CELTA. Do you think that I would be able to earn enough to pay approximately £2700 a year in fees to complete my degree whilst also having enough time to actually do the degree?

    This of coarse will be especially difficult as my choice of locations to teach in will be limited as I don’t have a degree to start with.

    The reason I have chosen a TEFL course is because I love to travel and have done so extensively. Also I have many friends that I have helped with their English learning and given impromptu classes and tutoring. I not only enjoyed this but I think I was no I at it. But of coarse, I really had no idea what I was doing.

    I hope someone could!d give me some advice.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this post.

    dan
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    25 June, 2014 at 21:53
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    Hi Jon

    My issue is that I worry I won’t be able to find any meaningful employment as I do not have a degree. I dropped out of my degree after 18 months or so a few years ago.

    This will restrict the number of countries in which you can legally teach, but there are still many where a degree is not required. Where would you like to teach?

    I was hoping I could fund the completion of an OU degree whilst teaching using the CELTA. Do you think that I would be able to earn enough to pay approximately £2700 a year in fees to complete my degree whilst also having enough time to actually do the degree?

    £2700 a year works out as £225 a month. It depends a little where you work – if you’re working in Spain, for example, you’d probably find it quite tight to put aside that much every month, but still doable. If you work in Morocco, though, you should be able to do it quite easily. (The only reason for those particular examples is that they are a couple of countries I have experience of).

    Time-wise, in most jobs you’d probably be looking at teaching 20-25 contact hours a week, plus lesson preparation, admin, etc, so something like a 40 hour week. So, it all comes down to whether or not you’re prepared to study evenings and weekends. Many TEFL jobs are split shift, so you have a couple of classes in the morning and then nothing for a long period, then more in the evening – so that long break in the middle of the day could become study time.

    So, the long and short of it is, yes, it’s all possible, as long as you’re prepared to make a few sacrifices!

    The other way to look at it though is that you may find that you love working in whichever country you choose that doesn’t require a degree, and decide that you’ll stay there and not pursue the degree!

    Good luck!

    Dan

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