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Worth me doing a MA?

 
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sidjameson



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:41 pm    Post subject: Worth me doing a MA? Reply with quote

I am late 40's.
more than 10 years experience of teaching english in many different places.
Considering shelling out £6500 on an MA TESOL.
I have a BA and Cert.
I'd like to teach at uni level again.
If I do the course where realistically would I be able to find reasonable work?
By reasonble I mean less than a 20 hour teaching load. A salary of more than a language school in that country.
More than 3 weeks holiday a year with pay.

Many thanks.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends on where you want to teach.
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esl_prof



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At what age do you plan to retire? Assuming that you pursue a full-time 1-2 year master's program, you'd still have up to 15-18 working years ahead of you following graduation which, with a presumable increase in income, would allow for a significant return on your initial £6500 investment.

As for uni jobs, the Middle East, Japan, Korea, and China would be the likely suspects that meet your criteria. You might try posting inquiries directly to the country-specific forums of your choice.
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MuscatGary



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Problem is that in some countries the financial benefits of having a Masters degree don't kick in until you also have substantial, and verifiable (Oman = 4 years) post Masters experience.
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suphanburi



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:22 am    Post subject: Re: Worth me doing a MA? Reply with quote

sidjameson wrote:
I am late 40's.
more than 10 years experience of teaching English in many different places.
Considering shelling out £6500 on an MA TESOL.
I have a BA and Cert.
I'd like to teach at uni level again.
If I do the course where realistically would I be able to find reasonable work?
By reasonable I mean less than a 20 hour teaching load. A salary of more than a language school in that country.
More than 3 weeks holiday a year with pay.

Many thanks.


Realistically, with a freshly minted MA and no experience you are unlikely to find a post that pays more than your average language center (often Uni jobs are slightly lower) but you will work fewer hours (9-15 class hours rather than 20-30) and have more opportunities to supplement your income.

AFTER you get some experience (post MA) and make some connections (networking IS the KEY) you can usually start to make a better income (publishing, speaking, etc) than you would with just your base salary as a lecturer or doing "extra classes".

Without a PhD and publications you are unlikely to find anything with a long term option (especially in Asia).
You will almost always be just a "guest lecturer" and play second fiddle behind the PhDs in the faculty (littlest dog gets the hind teat).

I don't know what it will do for you in the EU or Middle East but I suspect something similar until you get the time (post MA) and/or connections.

If you are looking for the bigger £££ then getting certified as a high school teacher will probably work better for you.

    *The NET program in Hong Kong can pay up to £40k per year in combined salary and benefits.
    *You can earn about £1800/month + benefits teaching in a public HS in Taiwan.
    *I'm not sure what an "international" Japanese High school will pay. I have heard (rumor) sums of £60k per year.


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