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Is TEFL a long term career ?

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  • Poonam
    23 July, 2019 at 16:54
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    Hi all

    I am currently seeking a change in career . I’m 31 and have been in Administration for a while. I am kind of stuck as to what I would like to do and I’ve thought about TEFL but I don’t know if it is worth it because I don’t think this is a long term career? I don’t have a degree so I kind of feel limited and not sure if I will be accepted. I’m really stuck as to what path I want to take. TEFL seems interesting because I know I enjoy helping others but I don’t want to invest money and go away for a year and come back and be in the same situation.
    So if there’s anyone who can offer me any advice please feel free :)

    6 August, 2019 at 18:58
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    Hi Poonam

    TEFL can absolutely be a career – have a look at this article which tells you how in-depth:


    As for whether you will like it, all I can say is that it can be very very rewarding if you put the effort in. Yes, there is the risk of coming back after a year or two and being in the same boat. But look at it this way – if you feel kind of stuck now, then if you stay in Administration you’ll probably still feel stuck in two years. So you really have nothing to lose, and potentially everything to gain…

    Hope that helps.


    Tim Nollan
    19 November, 2019 at 13:57
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    Thanks. This information is useful for me. A lot of foreign students travel to English-speaking countries to study. People from other countries move to English-speaking countries for work, creating a lot of job opportunities for teachers of English in colleges, language schools, summer schools, and on government-funded programmes for immigrants.

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