So you’re thinking of making a huge move and becoming a TESOL teacher, but is all the hassle really worth it? You don’t want to be a teacher for the rest of your life, so how is it going to help your career? This is the normal thing to think before you travel half way aroudn the world, but the truth is after doing a TESOL/TEFL course you will be irresistible to potential employers. Read on to find out how……
1- Leadership skills
A TESOL course gives you the skills to be able to lead the pack, but it’s only once you’re out there that you put into practise everything you have learnt and start to become a real leader.Your first TESOL lesson is really important as you can take control of the class and from then on you’re their leader! Once you can keep control of a classroom full of 40-50 rowdy kids, controlling and managing employees will be a breeze!
2- Shows you’re up for a challenge and can adapt to anything!
As soon as you touch down in your new TESOL destination up until the moment you say an emotional goodbye to your students, you’ll be challenged in pretty much every aspect of your experience! (It’s a good challenge though!). You’ll learn how to adapt to living in a different country, a brand new culture, how to find your way around a new city, how to communicate with speakers of a different language and adapt to circumstances which are usually out of your comfort zone! Now if that doesn’t impress future employers, what will?
3- Proven presentation and communication skills
Whilst you’re out Teaching English abroad you will be bridging both cultural and language barriers, which will force you into conveying and presenting your ideas as clear as you possibly can. TEFL is one of the best ways you can master your presentation and communication skills, which will come in very helpful in any future job. After a period teaching overseas you will be confident giving those presentations that you once spent sleepless nights worrying about!
4- Develop your interpersonal skills
Having good interpersonal skills is essential in any workplace and if you can prove to employers you have them by using examples from you TEFL experience it’s going to be really helpful. It is often a hard skill to prove you have… not after teaching abroad! You can show you are patient and approachable, can develop a strong rapport (use the stories of how sad your students were when you left), sensitive to different cultures and needs and that you can bring a positive attitude into the workplace.
5- Boost your confidence
You may have great qualifications and loads of work experience, but if you don’t have the confidence to go with it, it doesn’t stand for much. After being a TEFL teacher you will have had a real confidence boost after proving to yourself on your TEFL adventure you can do anything you put your mind to, you’ll certainly have the confidence to make you stand out from that crowd!
What do you think? Has TEFL made you more employable?