I've been a serial lurker here for some time and have finally created an account in order to ask some (probably inane) questions.
As the subject suggests, I was considering taking my first steps into the TEFL world. Following some research (primarily internet-based) I've come to the Earth-shattering conclusion that a majority of jobs advertised are seeking CELTA (or equivalent) certification.
However, notwithstanding the cost of the course, I have some reservations relating specifically to my situation and was hoping that this might be the place to post in order to canvass some responses. If you're still with me (thanks, I promise I won't go on for too much longer) then here goes...
I'm forty years of age and fairly recently (2010) left a steady but utterly uninspiring job in IT in an attempt to embark on a career as a teacher (what's that you say? Mid-life crisis?). Initially, things went well and I spent a fantastic year at college during which I 'aced' my access course. There followed acceptance in to university and unfortunately here things took a turn for the worse. Very quickly I realised that the course I was reading for wasn't for me (BEd in primary education) and so after several months, I left.
Since leaving university, I've been working in IT again and am once again bored witless.
The 'teaching dream' is starting to stir again and having always been a competent practitioner of English - as well as someone who is passionate about this subject - I wondered if perhaps TEFL, free as it is from the suffocating influence of the national curriculum, might be a better fit for me.
I hope that if you've got this far then you might be willing to offer a reply. I would be particularly interested to hear from anyone in a similar situation to my own who has had a stab at TEFL (especially those without degrees).