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ryancw



Joined: 03 Nov 2005
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Location: Alaska

PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:19 pm    Post subject: Exceptional qualifications Reply with quote

I thought I would ask this in the overall forum for Europe, to eliminate my cross-posting in multiple forums. If that's a bad idea, I'll happily move it. I'm trying to decide if it is worth my time to try to work in the EU or if I should concentrate outside of it. I will have (by the time I am ready, next year) my:

MBA
MEd
MPA
MA/Communication
CELTA

I teach college and tutor here in the US, and I have substantial experience in the business and nonprofit worlds.

So do I have a shot, or am I another American with a pipe dream?

Thank you!
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only relevant qualifications for TEFL are your M.Ed, CELTA, and training experience. Plus, TEFL is not a high paying job in Europe.

Since you have business experience, why not apply to US companies with locations in your target region(s). For example, Google: American companies in Spain.


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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I noted in the Spain forum, you'd have more chance at a CEE country. Nomad is correct that salaries are relatively low.
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sparks



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, most of those degrees mean nothing for teaching English. Probably the bigger question is " why come teach English with 4 professional degrees?" Do you have any clue as to what you want out of a job? Do you even want a job? You could have easily come here with a bachelor's and a CELTA. You should probably take a long look in the mirror before making such a decision.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adding to sparks' comments...

How does TEFL fit into your career goals? You likely didn't get your MBA, MEd, MPA, & MA/Communication with the intent of teaching English in an entry-level job. Be aware your overseas TEFL stint could set you back professionally in terms of a career related to any of your degrees once you return stateside. Prospective US employers look at resumes/CVs for evidence of career progression and are likely to see your time abroad as a gap or worse, that you're indecisive, especially given your multiple grad degrees.
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