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  • kindraabbott
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    12 May, 2009 at 22:01
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    I am currently working as an engineer, but with the economy falling so are jobs of my type. I graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering 3 years ago and have enjoyed the work, but sometimes I wonder if I would be better suited in another field. I would like to see if anybody has any advice or experience for someone considering this career change.

    Also I would like to work in the Middle East, any experiences anybody would like to share?

    Thank you in advance for any responses.
    :D

    Lindsay
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    16 May, 2009 at 16:31
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    Reply To: Engineer considering TEFL, any advice?

    Hey kindraabbott!
    GOOOOOOD thinking! I know many of my friends back home who are making the move to TEFL because of the economy. Good choice!

    I have taught in the United Arab Emirates for almost two years and I HIGHLY recommend it! If you are looking for a true Middle Eastern experience, but still want to live a liberal "western" life, go there! Saudi and Kuwait offer nice packages but you can’t get away with as many things as you can in the UAE.
    The American University in Sharjah is hiring I believe, try there.

    Most places require some experience and qualification but those are both easily attainable. For the qualification, try…
    http://www.teflonline.com/
    It’s cheep, easy, fast, and recognized all over the world! It’s what I, as well as many of my other TEFL friends have.
    As for the experience, it all comes down to your CV (resume) and how you write it? It’s alright to stretch the truth just a bit…
    Have you ever tutored anyone on ANYTHING? Put it down!
    Have you ever taught anyone to do ANYTHING? Then you DO have experience!
    These tricks are things TEFL teachers do many times, so don’t worry. Just don’t full out LIE!!

    Some shoe-in companies, pretty much wherever you want to go in the world, are…
    Berlitz
    Inlingua
    Wall Street Institute
    They take in teachers with NO qualification or experience, so check them out! Europe would be your best choice for those companies…

    Hope that helped and good luck!
    Lindsay

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