by David
(Miami, FL, USA)

I want to apply to JET program. If I start a TEFL course now, I won't be finished by the time I turn in my resume/application this fall.

Should I mention that I am currently working on a certification?

They have various offerings (basic, educator, professional, etc). Should I go for basic or are the more expensive ones better?

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Dec 19, 2017
Jet Program and TEFL Certifications
by: John

Hi David,
Your question is a bit on the personal side. From the JET perspective, TEFL qualifications are not as much of a consideration as the situation of being a recent graduate. As a significant consideration in their hiring philosophy is that it is a youth to youth cultural exchange. So their tendency is to hire recent graduates.

So in a nut shell even if you have a 120 hour TEFL course under your belt and show little enthusiasm on top of writing a poor essay to JET, you will get blown out by a go-getter with an up beat attitude.

Another thing or two to consider is that the TEFL definitely will not hurt you and considering that you do not have any input on your placement in Japan, if you find out that you do not like the experience and feel that Japan is not right for you then a more expensive TEFL course may turn out to be a waste of cash.

So Lastly, if you definitely want to get into teaching no matter what, then spend the extra money on a bigger course because you can always take a job in another country that is more to your liking.

Here is a page on our site of other common countries that are ESL teacher destinations.


Hope this helps

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