ESL teacher training can go a long way towards landing your first job even without a degree. A lot of folks flat-out run out of steam during their academic career, run out of cash for university courses or get sidetracked and never get around to getting a degree. Many have their heart or minds set on JAPAN and don't have a degree so they give up. Well.... uhh.... there are many countries that you simply don't need a degree to teach in and let's start with the monster of monsters: China.
Your top 10 cities in China with the most jobs are:
Man... that's a lot of people. And of all these eatin', sleepin' and livin' people a whopping 300,000,000 or better are studying English. So tell me where exactly are you going to scare up enough university graduates, with teaching experience to teach this large a number?
(Guys and gals I can hear the head scratching from here.) You can't. Period. Do they want candidates with degrees? Yes. Are they going to get them? No. Can you find a job without a degree? Yes. The math just flat-out works. In many countries ESL teacher training alone is enough to secure that precious first job and critical job experience. And this is just ONE of many countries where you can teach ESL abroad without a degree. Just one mind you.
So don't be afraid of countries crowded with teachers. Just like in the world of internet marketing big competition exists for a reason - there is big volume and sales. Same thing with the world of ESL teaching.
There are many schools so you may be thinking "there are too many teachers...I'll get blown-out." Bull shit. The door swings both ways. Big numbers of schools means big numbers of students this equals big need for teachers. (The theme here is "big".)
A common mistake some recent grads think regarding ESL teaching abroad is that because there are a lot of
teachers there isn't room for more teachers. One not so small thing got left out of the equation. Turnover.
It exists for 2 reasons. One. Shear mass and volume of the market itself running on 1 year contracts equals a lot of openings that just naturally occur when the working contract expires. The teacher moves on for whatever reason. Gap year finished, misses their home country, teaching isn't for them, gotta different itch to scratch, culture shock gets the better of them etc. I think you get the picture.
And then there is the number two kind. It's the kind of not so good kind. Churn and burn is the basic model of these ESL schools. And we'll get to that in a second but first the burning question.
There is a reason for this. These type of English schools run day to day operations on the "churn and burn method" The school is poorly managed. They treat staff poorly. Or the whole teaching position is just a scam. And you
That's just fine. If they don't know how to run a school that's their problem and definitely not yours. Folks what comes around goes around...just take a look at what happened to Nova and Geos. When you leave that company or country you just leave.
R.E.M said it best: " It's easier to leave then be left behind." Damn straight we say. ESL teachers with the wrong mindset who did not do their homework get chewed up in these schools.
Mind set is critical for survival in this type of school. If you expect to be treated like royalty from a school that keeps its head above water with a churn and burn philosophy you are clearly courting disaster.
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