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jools230575



Joined: 30 Apr 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:18 pm    Post subject: Advice needed on finding jobs Reply with quote

Hi there

I am a newly qualified teacher (Trinity certTESOL) looking to find work in the UK.

A couple of weeks ago I scored a job at my local language school for the month of July but so far this is all I have been able to get.

To be honest I want to avoid the summer school jobs as I don't want to end up being a part time parent.

What advice can folks offer a newly qualified teacher looking to get a steady income from TEFL teaching?

Are there any agencies for TEFL teachers?

How about internet based teaching?

At the moment I need to earn enough to pay my bills (and a HUGE loan).

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated Smile

Jools
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thrifty



Joined: 25 Apr 2006
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Location: chip van

PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Middle East or get out of TEFL.
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lolwhites



Joined: 29 Jun 2005
Posts: 158
Location: France

PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm afraid thrifty probably has a point. As a newly qualified TEFLer, your chances of finding work in the UK outside of the summer months are slim. Work slows down a lot after the summer and the "lucky" few who get kept on have Diplomas and/or lots of experience.

You've nothing to lose by registering with an agency that deals with FE colleges e.g. Protocol, but don't hold your breath.
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jools230575



Joined: 30 Apr 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What agencies are there for TEFL teachers?

I found there is a Protocol in my local college so I am going to see them.

Thanks for the help so far Smile
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Will.



Joined: 02 May 2003
Posts: 783
Location: London Uk

PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BIG hint...
teach ESOL at your local college. not in a language school.

Agency hourly rate from 15 to 18 an hour. (They charge the school/college another 5 or 10 on top of that)

College lecturer 20 in that region.
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teflexpert



Joined: 07 Mar 2006
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Location: Rochester, UK

PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:00 am    Post subject: Work in the UK for a new tefler Reply with quote

I agree with the others, I'm afraid. Without experience, it's really difficult to get taken on by anyone who pays above the norm. I would say that you really need to go for the summer schools to get a bit of experience under your belt. Even then, when I have run summer schools I usually look for teachers with at least 1 year's experience. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news - and Good Luck!
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lolwhites



Joined: 29 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bottom line is that everyone has to do some time in the trenches, it goes with the territory.
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Av



Joined: 01 May 2005
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Location: UK

PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Europa Pages site has some useful resources for TEFL NQTs, including some specialist recruitment agencies that offer positions in the UK, as well as abroad - http://www.europa-pages.com/uk/TEFL-Info.html
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wheatifus



Joined: 09 Jan 2005
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Location: nowhere of any particular interest

PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or maybe not the most exciting place to be, but you could head to Bournemouth (if experience is all you're mainly after)... loads of work all year. I've heard Brighton and Eastbourne are the same.
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southern bluefin



Joined: 16 Feb 2007
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:28 am    Post subject: South Korea Reply with quote

Hi Jools - how are you?

Have you thought about South Korea? see Dave's job board - sorry, don't mean to patronise! And there are employers who will pre-pay the airfare to SK. I don't think the Middle East is the best place to start for new ESL teachers. My advice: get some experience in SK, save some money and enjoy yourself, then, if you want to go to the Middle East, take your time and make sure you find a good employer.
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Robski



Joined: 18 Feb 2007
Posts: 50
Location: Middle Europe

PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jools. After 12 years of this TEFL game what could I say to advise you?

I had a very good time in Poland in the early days. I didn't make a shed load of money there but I cut my teeth, got treated very well for the local conditions, was respected at a 'teacher'. I'm now stuck in Saudi Arabia trying to make a few quid before I probably do something else, such as driving a bus.

But you say that you're a part-time parent, and you didn't say how old you are or - crucially - where you are. TEFL in London, Brighton, Eastbourne, Bournemouth, and the regular EFL hot spots is very different to anywhere else in the UK. In the Midlands there are no private TEFL schools, just FE colleges. A lot of FE colleges don't do EFL (E. as a Foreign Languae) but ESL (E. as a second language) where you teach to Indians, Africans, Pakistatnis etc. (Often they call it ESOL) But now those classes are full of Poles, Czechs, Slovaks all mixed in. It's not easy teaching but there is some work out there to be had.

I suggest, if you really want to stay in the game, you get a job in the pub to pay the bills (maybe not a chip van) and write to your nearest FE college to ask if you can do a couple of classes a week. That will give you plenty of time to prepare - which you will need - but it will keep your hand in before that really fabulous TEFL job comes around (??).

Trouble is - there is so much ESOL work out there that the cash-strapped FE colleges are trying to get that the pay will not be shit hot either - they are now behaving a bit like private schools to balance their budgets. But it MAY be alright enough for you not to feel (too) abused.

Take it easy.

Rob(ski)
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lolwhites



Joined: 29 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure that Bournemouth has "loads of work all year". From May to September you'll have work coming out of your ears, but it's actually pretty seasonal and many get laid off in the autumn. Unless you have a Diploma, year round work is difficult to find. When I was there, many summer teachers only came to BoMo for the summer, then went abroad for the rest of the year.

Oh, and the Government is about to end funding for the majority of ESOL classes so that may well dry up too.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Go bind your sons to exile'

You see Kipling was right. Saudi Arabia is waiting for you - but get some experience in Korea first. South is easier than North
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