Over 40?

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  • fiobella
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    21 March, 2009 at 12:15
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    hi there, are there any over 40’s out there. I am planning on mid life career change and to travel the world, but to teach tefl for longterm. Are there any older teachers who started without teaching experience in their mid years, and how did they experience the tefl world?
    I have read up on tefl isms and there seems to be ageism is certain countries, just want the true picture before I embark on the true journey as if it is too difficult I will have to look at other alternatives before I spend out on Tefl quals.

    I would like a true pic as Tefl course providers are always positive.

    dan
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    22 March, 2009 at 17:52
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    Hi Fiobella

    Welcome to the forum and to TEFL. Although I didn’t start out in TEFL over 40 myself, I have over the last 10 years met many teachers who did.

    Unfortunately it is true that there is some ageism – in my experience there is a lot against over 60s, a certain amount against over 50s, and a little against over 40s. It depends a lot on the country though – I worked for a school in France, for example, where probably two thirds of the 20 or so teachers were over 50. At a school in Indonesia, there wasn’t one teacher over 30.

    So, although you may, unfortunately, have to endure this ageism in certain job applications that you may make, there are plenty of countries and schools which will welcome a qualified, motivated teacher regardless of age.

    That’s from my experience – I’d be interested to hear if other teachers’ experiences back that up or differ…

    Hope that helps

    Dan

    steveh
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    9 April, 2009 at 8:52
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    with the steady rise in English for Specific (or Special) Purposes, more and more specialisations on the market, some over 40s who have a previous career in an area of interest to school managers can find work rather more easily than some youngsters. I know there’re a lot of ‘conditions’ in there but I don’t see the situation as being dire at all. More important than age perhaps, is the course you decide to do, your energy levels and the way you present at interview.
    Remember too that in some parts of the world, age is respected!
    Good luck


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    dan
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    16 April, 2009 at 12:01
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    Absolutely Steve – that was very much the case in France. 99% of the clients were businesspeople who needed English for professional purposes. Older teachers with some experience in the business world were very often more respected and requested by clients.

    Dan

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