Wondering if a TEFL certificate can change your life? The answer is, most definitely, YES! Obtaining a TEFL certificate is like getting your ticket to one life’s most adventurous and unique jobs in the world. Maybe you’re thinking: “how can being a TEFL teacher be such a unique and adventurous job?”, but maybe after reading this article, you’ll be able to understand why that is so.
A TEFL certificate liberated my life and I am confident it can do the same for you.
I had a Bachelors Degree and was capable of working just about any entry-level job, however, I craved something more out of life. I knew I didn’t want to sit at a cubicle desk from 9-5, Monday-Friday, answering phone calls and responding to emails all day. So, I began looking into my options. I read about getting a TEFL certification one day and realized that’s what I would do. At that moment, the adventure began…and it has not stopped since.
Here’s why you should consider a TEFL certification if you’re looking for some liberation in your life…
I don’t know what your degree from University is in. I don’t even know if you have a degree, but it doesn’t really matter when you are considering TEFL. People of all backgrounds are able to get their TEFL certificate! Furthermore, if you don’t have a degree, it can, sometimes, be more challenging to find an interesting and satisfying career. (Don’t get me wrong, there are people without degrees love their jobs) However, getting your TEFL certificate allows you to apply and work in situations you couldn’t imagine.
With this job, you are able to travel around the world, getting paid. Yes, you heard me right. With a TEFL certificate, you are able to teach in just about any country in the world. This certificate allows you to teach in most language institutions worldwide. Upon hire, many institutions will aid you in getting your visa, and sometimes even pay for it, for whatever country you choose. You will become familiar with teaching students of all levels, beginners to masters. Also, if you want to teach children, you can do that, and if you have no interest in teaching kids, you can totally avoid them. In my experience throughout my TEFL career, I’ve only taught young children once, all other jobs have been teaching adults.
As a TEFL teacher, you can decide whether you want to do private tutoring or work in a school. As a private tutor, you are able to create your own schedule. I mean, since you are in a new country, this idea is kind of awesome. By doing this, you’ll have plenty of time to explore your new surroundings and become familiar with your new way of life. However, even if you do decide to work in a school, you still get a pretty large amount of flexibility. Most teachers work around 20-25 hours a week, giving you plenty of time for adventure!
So, if you haven’t been convinced yet about the uniqueness of this job, think about this. People of all ages are able to get their TEFL certificate. That means, if you’ve been looking for a new opportunity in your life, regardless in your 21 or 41, here’s your chance. Imagine this: Being able to surprise everyone in your family and all of your friends when you tell them that you’ll be moving to a country you’ve always been mesmerized by. Imagine telling them that you are a teacher now. This is your chance to be unique and to get something extraordinary of out this life.
I urge you to leave comments here with any questions you may have about being a TEFL teacher and the opportunities that become available to you with this certificate. I’m very grateful that I made this choice for my life and would love to help you, too.