From Student to Teacher!

Many people are unaware quite how accessible a career teaching English as a foreign language is while others are simply not aware that it is even possible to live and work abroad in almost any country in the world. Not only is possible but it is relatively easy to achieve in a short period of time. By following the six steps outlined here, you could be working abroad as an EFL teacher before you know it.

Step 1 involves research. Once you have decided where you would like to teach, you need to find out what the requirements are for the place you want to work in. Do you need a degree? Is an online or in-class TEFL certificate required? Find out what the local salaries are like and whether you can afford to work there - some countries are best avoided if you have large student loans to pay off. The next step involves actually taking your TEFL course whether online or in-class, completing your TEFL course is truly something to be proud of.

Step 3 involves bringing your CV up to date and actually getting out there and applying for jobs. There are tens of thousands of positions available around the world and jobs can be found by searching online or even visiting schools in person. If Step 3 is successful, then Step 4 will involve an interview. This may take place in person, over the phone or via Skype.

Dress well, have all the necessary documents at hand and brush up on common interview questions with the resources provided by ITTT. Once you have been offered a job you will find yourself at Step 5. This step involves checking the fine print. What are the visa requirements? Will you need a work permit and if so, who will arrange that for you. Are flights to and from your home country included and will your new employer provide accommodation?

The final step comes when you have accepted the job, if you applied for the job from you home country you'll need to settle in to your new home before starting work. Then turn up to work for your first class and the start of a fascinating new adventure.


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