You’re finally through the woods and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. You’re TEFL certification course is coming closer to completion each day and you may be starting to panic a little, huh? Not being totally sure where your next steps might be is very normal. As a TEFL teacher, you have a few options when deciding what you would like your job to be. Of course, as a new teacher some of these options may be more limited to you, as some institutes and state schools tend to hire more experiences teachers. However, in my opinion, it never hurts to apply! The worst that can happen is they say no and it’s still good experience for you to apply.
Without further ado, here are the options you have when you finish your certification.
State schools, also informally known as Public Schools, hire lots of TEFL teachers around the world. Teaching at a state school will be more demanding and will require some tedious work done by you before starting your job. Typically, public schools have recruiting programs that reach out and find TEFL teachers. These schools require candidates to be from a Native-English speaking country and have a degree from a 4-year college. So, this limits many teachers who achieved their TEFL certificate, but are not from a native English speaking country. You can find some of these types of jobs in Europe, the Middle East and Central America, but, they are more common in Asia.
Something to note: Most state schools will hire native TEFL teachers, but you, more than likely, won’t have your own class. You’ll be partnered up with a teacher who is native to the country in which you are teaching. You will work together, as a team. to help the students.
Working in a state school has a lot of benefits. Typically, the school will help you with most, if not all, of your visa requirements. They can also help find you accommodations and will offer lots of great advice as to what to do in the country. After all, they are government run, so they know just about all there is to know about their country!
Online teaching a great way to start your TEFL career. An online TEFL teaching job can be a really great way to get some experience as a newly certified teacher. You get a lot of freedom and can make your schedule pretty flexible. I wrote a post wholly dedicated to online teaching jobs. I discuss how to find legitimate jobs and avoid scams. Check that post out here if you’re interested in learning more about online teaching jobs.
A Language Institute
Language institutes are schools solely dedicated to the teaching and learning of the English language (or any other language, depending on the institute). They are privately owned companies and range in size from large (500+ students) to small (30 students). These schools are found throughout the world and hire lots of TEFL teachers, new and seasoned, each year. Most of these schools focus on adult learners, however, it is possible to find some that cater towards younger learners.
You can expect to work around 20-25 hours per week, which as a teacher, is considered full-time. You will teach a variety of classes and a variety of levels.
Another great option newer TEFL teachers. With private tutoring, you create your own schedule, your own hourly rate and you get to decide how many classes you want out teach per day. Private tutoring can be really great for someone who is still trying to figure out which path they want to go down. You can also be a private tutor in addition to any of the options in order to make a little extra cash.
One thing to note, is that when living in a new country/city, it’s important for teachers to feel a part of the community. Often times, as a tutor, this is difficult to achieve and often, these teachers end up becoming homesick and deciding to go home. So, I urge you to get involved and meet people through various methods if you decide to become a full-time private tutor.
So there’s a run down of your options post-certification. It’s important to begin to think about what you want to do when you finish. My advice is to start teaching ASAP after your course. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to start again. So just go for it! Try out any of the above. Apply to any of the jobs that seem interesting to you, regardless of the experience you have!
Remember: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, so take the shot 🙂