What job options are there for TEFL?

A common hesitation that people have before embarking on a TEFL course is considering whether TEFL is just a stop-gap, or something that can be turned into a real career.

The answer is that of course, TEFL can be an extremely rewarding, and in many cases lucrative career. While it’s true that TEFL used to be regarded as a relatively low-paid job, and there are still some cases where that’s true, it’s not always the case anymore. In fact, due to the global expansion of English, and the language’s relative dominance in economic institutions and global education, there’s never been a better time to start teaching English as a career.

It’s possible in some places to make an income in excess of $60,000 a year, while maintaining a lower cost of living than at home. There are also many potential business opportunities, and the chance to move into other industries and use your expertise.

The options, simply put, are to pursue higher education roles, senior management or teaching roles, move into a different industry like publishing or materials writing, or dive into academia. All of these options require significant experience, expertise, and in some cases, further training, but they are all certainly good career paths for teachers of English as a foreign language.

One of the most interesting options is entrepreneurship – the number of students coming to the UK to study is only increasing year on year, and English programs, colleges, and language schools are doing a robust trade, although the industry is highly competitive.