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  • gavman65
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    18 August, 2007 at 13:21
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    Hello All.

    I have only just graduated with a degree in computing from MMU. I have wanted t o be a teacher since before I started my degree, but could never decide what i wanted to do it in. First it was computing then it was secondary maths, now its primary. At the same time as wanting to be a teacher I also want to get out of the county and couldn’t find a way to do this as well as do a teaching course. A friend of mine then found out about TEFL. She is currently teaching in malasia for 6 months. I was wondering if this was a worthwhile option for me to pursue as it would allow me to be a teacher as well as travel. I am currently trying to save the £200 odd that the intensive weekend course cost. Is there only so long you can work for as a TEFL teacher or could it sustain a person as a career? do you have time to come back to the UK after working for a certain amount of time to see family/friends or do contracts begin one after the other? After working abroad for so long is it possible to use that experience to get onto a British PGCE course for teaching in england? I have a lot of questions and would be grateful if anyone out there would help in supplying some answers.

    Thank you

    James

    Keith
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    6 September, 2007 at 15:30
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    Reply To: Just Graduated and not sure where to go

    Hi James

    Here are some answers to your questions:

    I was wondering if this was a worthwhile option for me to pursue as it would allow me to be a teacher as well as travel.

    TEFL is an ideal option to combine travelling with teaching.

    I am currently trying to save the £200 odd that the intensive weekend course cost. Is there only so long you can work for as a TEFL teacher or could it sustain a person as a career?

    It is easily possible to sustain TEFL as a career. There are advanced qualifications that you can take as your experience grows, and many career options, for example becoming Director of Studies at a school, or becoming a teacher trainer. A career in TEFL doesn’t mean that you have to live abroad for your whole career. There are hundreds of schools in the UK, and many teachers return to the UK after several years abroad to take up a position there.

    The intensive weekend course is a good starting point to find out if TEFL is for you. It’s worth having a look at some of the jobs currently advertised in countries where you’re interested in teaching, however. Requirements vary from country to country and from school to school, and you will find that your employment options are more limited with a shorter, weekend course. Have a look at this page for more information about choosing a course.

    Do you have time to come back to the UK after working for a certain amount of time to see family/friends or do contracts begin one after the other?

    You’ll find that many contracts run for between 9 and 11 months, usually from about September until June. It depends on the country and the school, however. Some recruit year round and so have running one year contracts from whenever you start, for example. Many teachers with 10 month contracts manage to find work during July and August at summer schools in the UK, of which there are many.
     

    After working abroad for so long is it possible to use that experience to get onto a British PGCE course for teaching in england?

    I think it would depend on the PGCE you wanted to take. I would imagine that any teaching experience would be regarded favourably.

    I hope this helps to get you started – post a reply with any more questions you have.

    Keith

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