Why university is the best time to do a tefl course

What do you want to do when you graduate? It’s the question every student dreads… the weight of expectation that three years at university will lead to more than a mountain of debt and a fruitless job hunt.

The good news is that while good jobs at home are rarer than giant pandas, there are thousands of amazing opportunities all over the world for enthusiastic graduates to teach English abroad – it’s a great way to travel, earn and gain new skills. Get the lowdown with your FREE Graduate’s Guide to Teaching and Travelling Abroad: [1]

There’s no need to speak another language or have any teaching experience – all you need is a TEFL certificate. And the good news is that university is the perfect time to do a TEFL course. Here’s why:

1) You’ll be all set for graduation

Why waste time? If you do your TEFL course while you’re still at university you’ll be ready and raring to go as soon as you finish that dreaded final exam. Just think, while your friends are all competing for the same old entry-level jobs, you could be jetting off to Thailand, Japan, Ecuador, China… throw a pin in an Atlas and take your pick!

2) It’s perfect for procrastination

Be truthful with yourself – do you turn procrastination into a fine art? Why not do something useful while you’re dodging essays and assignments! TEFL courses can be completed online, which is great so you can do it in little chunks when you’ve got that odd hour free.

3) You’re already in ‘learn’ mode

After you graduate, unless you plan to go into further education, your brain shuts down after university. It goes from ‘learning’ mode into ‘get to the end of the day’ mode, particularly if you get a job in a tedious office job. It can be quite hard to switch back to learning again, so the best time to learn is when you are already in the mode.

4) You’ll have the opportunity to practice your TEFL skills

Although you don’t need to have any teaching experience to be able to get a TEFL job, it does help to increase your employability. Whilst you’re still at university it’s a great time to get some teaching practise. Student unions usually have loads of links with volunteering organizations, which can give you the opportunity to help migrants with their English skills. Or, you could help first-year international students with their language skills. Either way, you’ll have the opportunity to put everything you’re learning on your course into practice.

So, are you ready to TEFL? Find out more about teaching opportunities all over the world with your free copy of The Graduates Guide to Teaching & Travelling Abroad: [2]