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    This is my first forum post. I graduated with a History degree in 2007, and have been teaching English in South Korea, and have recently returned from teaching in China. I love the experience of teaching abroad, picking up new languages, and meeting new people.

    I am now 30 years old. I would love to go to Hong Kong, where I have been offered a good TEFL teaching position. Living and teaching there is what I would really like to be doing for the next year or two. However, the thing that's holding me back is that I don't want to be working as a TEFL teacher for the rest of my life, as although it's a great way to immerse yourself in foreign cultures and see different parts of the world, it seems to be limited in terms of career prospects.

    I would be grateful if people could offer their perspective about the degree of flexibility for starting new career paths in their mid 30s. At this point, is it still possible to get on graduate schemes or enter an MA programme as a gateway into a new career?

    I feel I'm at a point where I am deciding between what I would really love to do (head out to Hong Kong to teach English and experience the wonderful lifestyle that entails) and what I 'should' be doing ( getting a stable career in the UK in something aligned with my interests: Publishing/Marketing/HR). If anyone has any inspirational stories about people who began their careers later in life, I would love to hear them. Thank you!
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    Hello everyone

    This is my first forum post. I graduated with a History degree in 2007, and have been teaching English in South Korea, and have recently returned from teaching in China. I love the experience of teaching abroad, picking up new languages, and meeting new people.

    I am now 30 years old. I would love to go to Hong Kong, where I have been offered a good TEFL teaching position. Living and teaching there is what I would really like to be doing for the next year or two. However, the thing that's holding me back is that I don't want to be working as a TEFL teacher for the rest of my life, as although it's a great way to immerse yourself in foreign cultures and see different parts of the world, it seems to be limited in terms of career prospects.

    I would be grateful if people could offer their perspective about the degree of flexibility for starting new career paths in their mid 30s. At this point, is it still possible to get on graduate schemes or enter an MA programme as a gateway into a new career?

    I feel I'm at a point where I am deciding between what I would really love to do (head out to Hong Kong to teach English and experience the wonderful lifestyle that entails) and what I 'should' be doing ( getting a stable career in the UK in something aligned with my interests: Publishing/Marketing/HR). If anyone has any inspirational stories about people who began their careers later in life, I would love to hear them. Thank you!
    I've recruited people onto graduate programmes in their 30s and 40s. Some organisations ask you to be a recent graduate, but generally these tend to be smaller organisations. The larger or more well known graduate recruiters tend to be open to career changers.

    If you go to HK for a couple of years, I don't really see the major difference in what your situations will be now vs then. If it was an issue to an employer, it would be an issue now and if you returned from HK. Therefore if HK is something you want to do, go for it. Just my opinion though!


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