Unfortunately I hit this major wall as well.
At the age of 18 I had to go live on my own after finishing my levels (all a -c) I went straight into work in the IT sector and ended up becoming a computer programmer for Ashridge Business College (a prestigious management college- mostly for MBA's degrees). At 17 I was obviously looking at universities but when my mother died I had to live on my own and look after myself and my brother.
After a while I realised this wasn't for me and booked myself on a CELTA course as I'm not a fan of the UK and wanted a bit more of a peaceful life in somewhere like china ( a small city like Wuhu or Zhuhai).
At 20 I started my degree in English through the open university (so I could do it all from home) and I'm still doing it (22 now) and I've just found out that you can only teach in china on a Z visa.
To get a Z visa you need a BA degree.
This has upset me greatly...as my job was made redundant on December 1st and I have enough money to tie myself over until my Celta course(ending 29th jan) in which case I was going to sell everything and go to china.
But now I can't.
Is there anywhere I can teach? Or have I just wasted a grande on a certificate I can't use?
I honestly don't know what to do now and I'm so upset