Is English Language Teaching a Real Career?
Recently I was talking about careers to a group of university students. For most of them English language teaching was perceived as a short-term means of seeing the world before coming back to find a βreal careerβ.
I started thinking about my own life in English language teaching and have to admit that at first I did just fall into it rather than make a conscious career choice. I needed to be in a certain place at a certain time and it was the work that was available and for which I had the right background . . .
. . . But as I look around at the colleagues I had back then I can see that we have all had a life rich in variety and experiences through English language teaching. Some have become successful in publishing materials and this has been both lucrative and exciting, giving them the opportunity to travel widely on promotional trips. Others have scaled the heights of academia and occupy lofty positions in universities, undertaking some fascinating research along the way. Many are in management positions or in teacher training. And as a consultant, writer and trainer I have had all sorts of fascinating assignments.
So, I would say yes, the theatre of English language teaching can open up a all sorts of career opportunities and bring you into contact with a wonderful cast list. Your early globe-trotting years could be the rehearsal for a long and enjoyable performance. So, even if you start off thinking in the short term, remember that plenty of further training opportunities exist to allow you play a number of fascinating and rewarding star roles: you donβt always have to be an extra or a bit-part player.
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