After spending 20+ years in business sales management, I left my company in order to pursue another career path. As it turned out, I was drawn to taking a TEFL course after reading an article about opportunities in teaching abroad. I was a college graduate and had obtained my elementary and secondary teaching credentials in the early 70’s, and completed 5 years of teaching before moving into the business world.
I researched several companies and universities that provided the TEFL training and settled on LCC as it offered 100 hours of training, covering the basics in addition to TOEFL and teaching young learners. The cost was more reasonable than most courses offered, and the instructor was quite good. Keep in mind, that you get out of something what you put into it, and I recommend that anyone who takes an LCC course, read the manual in between classes – there is valuable information that is not covered in class.
Finding a job can be daunting, so be prepared to hone your CV so that it is no more than two pages. Have all your documents available to scan as every potential employer wants copies of everything. For those of you over 60 years of age, finding a job can be more difficult than your 30 year old counterparts, but perseverance does pay off, as I found a job after 6 weeks of sending out resumes and leave for China on Sept. 17. After I accepted this job, I was offered another one teaching 4/5 grade in a suburb of Bangkok.
I recommend LCC as a language training course if you are serious about teaching overseas as it is one of the few companies that does offer 100 hours of training which is very important to future employers.