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Is TEFL a useful short/medium term career change?

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  • Andrew
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    11 June, 2018 at 21:23
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    I am considering doing TEFL but with the view to eventually moving back into an office based role, similar to the line of work I am currently in. Will the skills and experience that TEFL allows you to develop stand me in good stead for future career choices, even if longer term I go back into an office based role in the UK after 1-2 years of TEFL? Or am I best to continue to work in the UK?

    I have heard that teaching allows you to develop your communication and team work skills, as well as presumably develop some facilitation/leadership skills, all of which are not just transferable but invaluable in non-teaching roles. I have lived abroad before and know the value of doing so, and after working for years in the family business I feel that this might be a good time to work abroad again for a while and therefore get the chance to develop the skills and experience working and living abroad allows you to.

    Would be grateful to hear opinions from experienced teachers – let me know if the above sounds like a worthwhile idea.

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    dan
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    19 June, 2018 at 20:32
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    1 or 2 years in TEFL can be a worthwhile career break

    Will the skills and experience that TEFL allows you to develop stand me in good stead for future career choices, even if longer term I go back into an office based role in the UK after 1-2 years of TEFL?

    Yes! If you’re in TEFL much longer term, it can be more difficult to get back in at the level you were before. Things move on quickly while we’re “away” and so you may find yourself back on the bottom rung (although this varies of course depending on the industry and type of role you had before). But in 1 or 2 years this shouldn’t happen and the transferable skills and life experience you develop should stand you in good stead. (I say “should” rather than “will” because you never know how individual employers will view it).

    So, definitely a worthwhile idea in my opinion.

    Dan

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