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New to teaching – worth approaching possible workemployers?

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  • Miepie
    22 September, 2008 at 9:58
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    I am starting the CELTA course next month in Cambridge and have already started skimming various websites regarding employment afterwards.

    I’m a non-native speaker (which seems to be an issue in most vacancies), have been living in the UK for over 12 years with 12 years of sales/marketing / office related work experience behind me.

    Any advice please regarding approaching possible reputable workemployers?

    Would it be worthwhile before starting the course or would it be more advisable to focus on the course first and see what happens afterwards? (help – no control…)

    (I’m so worried about not being able to find employment straight away. I will be able to be flexible and pretty much go anywhere in the world for any length of time.)

    thanks everyone in advance for your advice / reply,
    Miranda :D

    22 September, 2008 at 12:31
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    Reply To: New to teaching – worth approaching possible workemployers?

    HI Miranda, with your Celta certification – particularly if you also have a degree under your belt – and your flexibility you should be able to secure a teaching position somewhere. The fact that you are not a native English speaker might be a problem in countries where native English speakers teaching English abound and competition is strong but this is certainly not the case thoughtout the world.

    As for contacting potential employers I’d personally wait till you have a good CV to send, one which ticks all the relevant boxes, so to speak. Also, to overcome the non native issue I would look into preparing a video CV – there is an interesting article in the ICALwiki at http://www.icalweb.com/wiki/index.php?t … _CV/Resume, or at least make sure you precede or follow up your written application with a phone call to the school DoS. This way they will be able to hear you speak and alleviate any doubts they might have on your English proficiency.

    Hope this helps

    ICAL Quality Online TEFL Training since 1998

    26 September, 2008 at 8:46
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    Reply To: New to teaching – worth approaching possible workemployers?

    I was able to secure my first ESL teaching job when I was still halfway through my CELTA course. As long as you have a well-presented resume which prominently includes "CELTA – in progress – completion date blah blah" or something like that, I see no reason not to start your job search yesterday. :D

    Thomas Topham Head of Teacher Training The MODERN Institute http://www.themoderninstitute.eu

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