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Hi, I'm in my third year of university, studying English Language and Communication. My plan was to do CELTA for my masters and then start my career as a teacher abroad. I don't plan to teach in the UK, apart from maybe tutoring later on.

However, I was advised by a teacher to do my PGCE instead, as you get higher pay, you're more employable and can work in real international schools.

So, I wanted some more opinions on this or advice or whatever! I feel like I'm being told so many different things when all I want is what's best for my future.
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Hi, I'm in my third year of university, studying English Language and Communication. My plan was to do CELTA for my masters and then start my career as a teacher abroad. I don't plan to teach in the UK, apart from maybe tutoring later on.

However, I was advised by a teacher to do my PGCE instead, as you get higher pay, you're more employable and can work in real international schools.

So, I wanted some more opinions on this or advice or whatever! I feel like I'm being told so many different things when all I want is what's best for my future.
Who are you looking to teach abroad? Have you looked at any job adverts to see what they are asking for?

I think the different qualifications would suit different career paths- but a PGCE might give you more choice.
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Who are you looking to teach abroad? Have you looked at any job adverts to see what they are asking for?

I think the different qualifications would suit different career paths- but a PGCE might give you more choice.
So I have had a lot of experience luckily, teaching Japanese and Korean students, mostly college/university level. I would like to do teach students in further education, rather than younger ages.
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So I have had a lot of experience luckily, teaching Japanese and Korean students, mostly college/university level. I would like to do teach students in further education, rather than younger ages.
I'm not an expert, but if you're teaching older/adult learners, I think TEFL/CELTA may well be the way to go, although you could do a ESOL further education PGCE.
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In Northern Ireland here, so it might be slightly different. To teach FE students here you have to have, at least a BTEC Level 3 in Education and Training. The majority of people then go on to do the Level 4 Certificate in Teaching at Ulster University. It says it is a pre-requisite that you have this qualification before you are allowed to study the PGCE ( FE). You should check with your own area as it may be different.
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So I have had a lot of experience luckily, teaching Japanese and Korean students, mostly college/university level. I would like to do teach students in further education, rather than younger ages.
The thing about teaching that I have found is that a CELTA is very well regarded as is the DELTA (just a bit more than the CELTA but a whole different ball game when it comes to studying it) I have a PCET PGCE specialising in ESOL and I found that no one has been remotely interested in it apart from the first job I got straight out of university. I taught in lowly positions and I have felt that people simply didn't really understand or respect it as they should have, so I would say the CELTA is your best option but in a way it's a fig leaf compared to a PGCE FE.
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The thing about teaching that I have found is that a CELTA is very well regarded as is the DELTA (just a bit more than the CELTA but a whole different ball game when it comes to studying it) I have a PCET PGCE specialising in ESOL and I found that no one has been remotely interested in it apart from the first job I got straight out of university. I taught in lowly positions and I have felt that people simply didn't really understand or respect it as they should have, so I would say the CELTA is your best option but in a way it's a fig leaf compared to a PGCE FE.
That's so interesting. I've been talking to some other people about it (r/tefl on Reddit) and they say that with a PGCE, I will be able to teach at proper international schools and also, the wages you earn are significantly higher.

Have you found this not to be the case then?
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That's so interesting. I've been talking to some other people about it (r/tefl on Reddit) and they say that with a PGCE, I will be able to teach at proper international schools and also, the wages you earn are significantly higher.

Have you found this not to be the case then?
I found the wages were fairly low anyway but I did apply unsuccessfully for positions in various schools, I ended up working in a language centre where people didn't have much of anything but it was the best I could do. In this country a funny thing happened when I graduated with my PGCE in ESOL they told me I wouldn't be considered qualified as the ESOL was level 2 and the standards for teaching ESOL had recently been placed at level 4 and then level 5 (which was absurd but it was also a fact that i couldn't seem to argue with) So there I was one of the most qualified people to ever teach in an FE college at the time (2003/05) and yet something as traditionally neglected as ESOL I wasn't to be considered qualified, I was amazed but I had to go into my first position apologising that although I had just passed a PGCE I was under qualified so they put me forward for a DELTA which was soooo difficult along with what was a fairly strenuous teaching load anyway so I dropped out of the DELTA. Years later I verified my qualification with life long learning UK and they told me that I was qualified after all I never earned enough for a comfortable existence as a single person in a bedsit with a car let alone a family man with aspirations of some comfort, I personally put it down to a failing in the system but there's no arguing with it, working poor is all I ever got which quite simply was never right.
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PGCE in English.Then a CELTA afterwards?
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PGCE in English.Then a CELTA afterwards?
A house and a car with the job even in a city like London with its population of 8 million and other cities around the world
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I found a really useful document at PwC which gave me a comparison for being a newly qualified teacher and an experienced teacher. I taught in FE but I had a PGCE so I think I compare about the same. My point is that it's a good job and the person who has quaffed at that level certainly deserves somewhere reasonable to live and a car but my consideration is in London and other major cities that I have visited or taught in you can't afford anything on a teacher's pay. I've lived most of my adult life on someone else's subsidies, normally my family, it may be capitalism but it stinks.
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