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First entry in to the Middle East teaching market?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geostride87 wrote:
At some point we're going to come to a crossroads and decide between a) going back to oil and gas b)committing to the ESL industry and upgrading our certificates to something more substantial or c) branching out or building on our education from back home (ie - GIS). But I think it's too early to project any of that right now.

In reference to your option b, just be aware that the English language teaching market is changing as well. Committing to EFL by upgrading your certs to a CELTA, for example, may not give you the level of ROI you expect. Given the decline in salaries, governments replacing expats with qualified locals, civil wars and socio-political problems worldwide, tightening immigration rules, natural disasters, competition from more-qualified EFL teachers, etc., options a & c will be better choices for both of you in the long run.

Ditto for pursuing Canadian k-12 teaching licensure for the sciences, which would open opportunities worldwide in international schools serving local children and in accredited private schools for native-English speaking expat children.

Another viable option for you both is in the versatile field of technical, medical, or science writing (under the umbrella of technical communication). In fact, your EFL teaching experience would come in handy. Google salary technical science writer canada for actual job descriptions. It would mean completing additional coursework; however, don't overlook cheap or free online course and certificate offerings from MOOCs like edX, Udacity, Coursera, and Udemy. For example, see Writing in the Sciences and Professional Technical Writing: Advance Your Writing Skills.
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