In the previous post in this serious, I talked a bit about how to choose the best TEFL course for your needs. In this post, it’s about avoiding one of the pitfalls: Namely, not becoming spellbound by the opportunity of having a guaranteed job placement on completion of your TEFL course.
Though it’s a good feeling to know that you’ll be offered a guaranteed job placement at the completion of your TEFL course, there may be a variety of strings attached, and you could be limited as to the jobs that you’re actually offered.
All the same, some placements are excellent, whereas, some are simply dire. And, in my opinion, you do not require the guarantee of a job placement once you graduate from your TEFL course. After all, there’s just so many jobs available, and in so many different countries.
There’s no question that irrespective you have a university/college degree or otherwise, once you have the backing of a TEFL certificate, together with the very desirable minimum of six hours teaching experience (a good TEFL course will host this as part of their course curricula), you’ll be qualified to teach at thousands of establishments worldwide.
Thus, there’s no need to cough up an extra $1,000 or more, simply to achieve a guaranteed job placement, because you’re already guaranteed a job if you want one.
Here are a few considerations to make should you opt to take a TEFL course that offers a guaranteed job at the time of course completion:
- Are you going to be “delivered” to some small school in the forests of Northern China, whereby you’ll possibly be the only person who speaks any level of English and possibly also the only person who does not speak any Chinese? Furthermore, the wage on offer is very likely to be paltry – around the 4,000 RMB mark, which is equivalent to around USD600 or UK450. Though your cost of living is going to be similarly paltry, you’re still not going to be able to save too much.
On the other hand, a friend of mine whom I previously worked with in Beijing, did land such a placement. And, because he was the only one to speak any English, he was forced to learn Mandarin. Within six months, he became exceptionally proficient at the language.
- If there’s a money-back guarantee on your TEFL course, does that then become null and void should you refuse to take up the offer of a job at the end of the course? Check the fine print to find out.
- You have to wonder how a company is able to “guarantee” you a job if you are a previous felon, you interview terribly, or you look like the sort that could not be trusted to work with kids.
So, to all intents and purposes, the so-called job “guarantee” is merely a marketing ploy, and I would suggest that you treat it as such. Again, you’ll easily find a job if you are a native English speaker and you pass your TEFL course. And that’s even without a degree to your name.