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Getting a job anxiety

Posted: 15 May 2021, 22:22
by Sparinoid
Hey,

I finished my tefl course and am now looking to starting a job but I'm really nervous and was wondering whether anyone has felt the same and has any advice on how to deal with it.

My main concern is, I still feel like I don't really know how to teach. I feel like I would struggle to even explain to a student what the lesson instructions are considering they don't speak the same language. I feel like there's also other concerns as well such as I don't know how long plans would take for the lessons.

I totally understand that this all comes with experience but considering students pay so much money, I feel so guilty at the thought of starting. I have been trying to find volunteer options but all of the ones I found don't provide lesson plans so I'd have to make my own. Does anyone have any advice?

Re: Getting a job anxiety

Posted: 17 May 2021, 12:33
by 22englishsam
Teaching is really mastered by doing, not by studying. I mean to say: you won't learn how to be a teacher or overcome those language barriers until you try!

There is a reason most teaching degrees/qualifications require some practical experience.
I never did a TEFL when I started and I don't think it hurt my at all to begin with. Just try and learn as you go! Relax, breathe and jump in!

I do understand that feeling though, especially the pressures when student are paying. What age group/level are you hoping to teach?

Re: Getting a job anxiety

Posted: 13 Jun 2021, 11:18
by Ultimer
I can totally feel you
Getting a job is really difficult

Re: Getting a job anxiety

Posted: 23 Aug 2021, 15:25
by kellanfarday
I'm on the other side of the boat, I'm getting anxious cause I haven't found teachers for my online ESL gig. It's not that I'm strict with certifications its a matter of finding the right fit since we're just starting. I've been looking at job boards, guides like https://blog.juro.com/contract-negotiation, tips and strategies on finding the right one but still getting no response and sometimes I get blown off. I'm getting frustrated that this new journey might not be the perfect fit for now.

I hope soon all the anxieties will go away and we'll be sailing our own boats for success. Wishing you the best in your search.