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  • rum_runner
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    27 March, 2018 at 2:41
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    I’m aiming to teach in Spain this coming fall. The plan is to receive my CELTA there, and seek out a position immediately following. I’ve read that the peak hiring months are September/October, and it’s wise to be “on the ground” with your certificate by then. The institution I’m considering has me torn between two options: the classic four week course, running from Sept 3rd – 28th, and another from August 6th – 31st, which includes a “Young Learners Certificate” at an additional ~$500.

    Now, I don’t have previous teaching experience, but hadn’t intended to pursue anything more than the CELTA, nor am I particularly keen about the extra cost on top of what is already a pricey investment. I’ve read some say in Spain they love to see as many certificates as possible (my background includes a B.A. with a linguistics emphasis), but also that many other under-the-table teachers make do without any. My concern lies in the hiring season, and whether completing the course at the end of September would already leave me at a disadvantage with finding jobs in the area, or optimistically line me up perfectly for one.

    So in short, I’m hoping for clarification on exactly when the ideal hiring window is (specifically for Andalusia, if it matters), whether the idea of applying and interviewing for positions while in the midst of my certification is viable, and whether this extra certificate would practically be worthwhile on top of a CELTA for me in finding work, and merit the extra cost? Canadian btw, thank you in advance!

    dan
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    15 May, 2018 at 18:14
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    I’ve read that the peak hiring months are September/October, and it’s wise to be “on the ground” with your certificate by then.

    Yes and yes.

    I’ve read some say in Spain they love to see as many certificates as possible (my background includes a B.A. with a linguistics emphasis)

    Yes and yes. Without any experience, and not being an EU citizen (which throws up an additional hurdle with many employers) an extra certificate could make a difference.

    but also that many other under-the-table teachers make do without any

    Yes, but would you really want to teach students without any qualifications? It’s also much more of a struggle to get started if you do it under-the-table.

    My concern lies in the hiring season, and whether completing the course at the end of September would already leave me at a disadvantage with finding jobs in the area, or optimistically line me up perfectly for one.

    You would miss out on some jobs, but not all. So, to maximise your chances, taking the August course would make sense, but it also means that if you don’t find work immediately, you have to survive financially there without work for longer.

    Hope that helps?

    Dan

    dan
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    15 May, 2018 at 18:16
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    I didn’t answer your question about applying for jobs while in the middle of a certificate. There’s nothing to stop you doing this – some employers will go for it, others won’t. It will add to your time pressures in an already intense 4 weeks though, so requires good time management and planning!

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