Hi, I'm currently a senior at the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Finance and minoring in Russian. I will be graduating in May. Over the past few years, I've realized that I have no interest in entering the business world, and would instead love to work with Russian and foreign languages in general. I currently would love to work in Russia for a few years, and have looked into TEFL as a way to do it.
I recently completed a 120 hour TEFL online course, but in my applying for jobs I've quickly realized that I may have wasted the $400 in becoming certified, as I didn't any gain any real-world experience, something that all the positions I've been applying for require (understandably). I did manage to score an interview, but was rejected for not having enough experience. I did study abroad in Vladimir, Russia for a semester, have a fairly decent grasp of Russian, will have a degree from a very well-regarded university, and have many foreign friends with whom I help with English (you can call it casual tutoring), but none of this seems to make up for my lack of experience. What are my best options here? I really want to work in Russia, but I'm not against spending a summer or a semester (or even a year) somewhere else to gain the necessary teaching experience. I did the online certification because I'm a poor college student, but is the 4 week CELTA course worth the money? How else can I boost my resume/CV?