Teaching English Becomes More Popular as Graduate Options Shrink

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In the current financial climate many graduates are finding a dwindling number of career options open to them, but have found a new career path in the form of Teaching English as a foreign language. Companies such as i-to-i Meaningful Travel are becoming increasingly popular with recent graduates for both TEFL and volunteering options.

As if the weather outside wasn't miserable enough the credit crunch is still an ever looming global issue. In the world of TEFL, however, the world wide lack of cash is proving to be a bit of a positive. Teaching English as a foreign language is considered by many as a specialist subject and only of interest to those passionate about languages. The recent rise in the number of TEFL teachers has, however, proved that it has a much wider appeal, for anyone from students to graduates and career breaker's alike.

Taking a break before further study has always been a worthwhile and popular travel option; it's good for skills development, good for personal development and good for the old CV! Teaching English abroad has been a popular travel option with students for years as it allows them to develop useful leadership skills, communication skills and gives their adaptability skills a boost too!

Spending a year out doing something as productive as teaching, will be a huge consideration for any university application. There are, however, an increasing number of graduates who are finding the current economic climate also calls for a break between the end of education and a career at home.
Diving head first into the job market, degree certificate in hand, unfortunately doesn't always produce the perfect job straight away. As budgets get smaller, the list of desired attributes for prospective employees is getting longer. A TEFL qualification gained with companies such as i-to-i Meaningful Travel, and the teaching experience this brings can give graduates that 'special something' that other candidates may not have.

Teaching abroad is recognized as a great alternative travel option; offering full integration with another country's culture in a way most travelling experiences can't. Living and working amongst the locals will give travelers a unique chance to really get to know a community and live a completely different way of life.

Teaching abroad is also gaining more appeal as a career prospect for many graduates. With employment on the decrease at home many graduates are finding that the demand for English teachers overseas is still high. Though many positions are voluntary it is also possible to find paid teaching positions in countries such as Japan, Thailand and South Korea. Many teachers choose to live and work in country for many years, but intrepid travelers can wander to their heart's content as paid positions are available all over the world. For recent graduates who are a little short on cash, a regular income also makes more extensive travel an option.

Yet another string to the TEFL bow is the vast array of qualifications available. Companies such as i-to-i offer a range of qualifications including both weekend TEFL courses and online TEFL courses. Courses run on a flexible timescale and tutees can get TEFL qualified in just two days or study for longer at a pace that suits them, with online courses ranging from 40 to 100 hours. With such accessible qualifications and great career prospects it's no wonder that TEFL is truly taking off in 2009!

For more details see http://www.i-to-i.com/ , call 0800 011 1156 or contact Catherine Luff for media enquiries at catherine.luff(at)i-to-i.com

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