With the economy hurtin’ and uncertain, a lot more folks find themselves in position to consider critical career change, if not by choice, certainly a crisis’ coercion. Whatever the actual current number of laid off, jobless sentenced hobos, the fact is much of the first world is left with an excess supply of skilled laborers and idle intellects alike, with no apparent demand to utilize them.
Perhaps this applies directly to you? Don’t reserve your copy of ‘Slangin’ Rocks for Beginners’ guide just yet, there is still light in more prestigious fields of work. In fact there is more than enough demand and necessity for white collared workers regardless of any economic crisis the news was babbling about. This Crisis’ Cure has come!
If you don’t like your prospects as an independent writer, how about becoming a teacher? After all, it is a career considered immune to defunct economies. Whatever the state of a slumping and staggering economy, the fact is humans still got to speak, read, learn, and learn how to speak and read. In any post-modern society, there will always exist an affluent foundation supporting the demand for language transferors.
The idea of becoming a language teacher turns off most blue-non collared or even supposed ‘realistic’ folks at first. Aside from having to gain post-secondary qualifications, such authority and prestige that comes with teaching our birth earned skill of communication can be frightening for many: Putting up with and managing discipline lacking kids, comprehending and conducting complex curriculums, and organizing the respective lesson plans can seem like quite daunting tasks at first thought.
Depending on how bad you’re itching to earn, ‘teaching’ is not such an unfeasible reality to entertain. Okay, so homeroom teacher at your childhood elementary school is definitely going to require time (and ultimately money) before you’d even get your foot in the door. If one could actually afford first-world-higher-learning tuitions, they wouldn’t likely be as needy as the one who’s gotten this far in this article.
What? (Some of) You don’t have a University Degree or any pertinent post-secondary credential for that matter—don’t relinquish hope just yet. First consider these questions:
1. Did you at least complete your high school education?
2. Are you a respectable and moral adult (at least 18, ideally post 20) who maintains some form of an ethical code?
3. Are you a native speaking English speaker from US, UK, EU, CA, AU, NZ, or SA?
4. Do you excel in and/or enjoy interpersonal communications, particularly public speaking?
5. Do you value intercultural sensitivity, possessing some language aptitude?
6. Do you seek to stimulate and stretch your physical, emotional, intellectual and social quotients?
7. Are you willing to be an unstably mobile visitor in a foreign, exotic second or third world country for at least a year and then some, knowing that at the end of it all, you may be back to square one with only the addition of hard earned experience behind you?
If your answer was yes to most if not all such questions, then you are an ideal candidate to consider becoming an ESL (English as a Second Language) or EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher abroad. Continue to the next part