Getting a job anxiety

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Getting a job anxiety

Unread post by Sparinoid »


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?
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Re: Getting a job anxiety

Unread post 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?
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Re: Getting a job anxiety

Unread post by Ultimer »

I can totally feel you
Getting a job is really difficult
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Re: Getting a job anxiety

Unread post 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, 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.
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