Can I escape the UK?

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Can I escape the UK?

Unread post by LanceB » 13 Jan 2015, 20:39

Hi all - I'm new to the forum....

I'm seriously thinking about embarking down the TEFL avenue and am looking for some open and honest advice as to whether this is really do-able or if I'm simply deluding myself.

I'm a 43 year old male with a BSc Degree in Computer Science and currently live in rented accommodation with my wife.

I've been an IT Engineer at the same place for 15 years and my salary is quite reasonable, but at this stage of my life, I'm looking to do something more rewarding and am desperate to seek out a new life outside the UK. My wife is in full agreement.

I've done some research and understand that CELTA and Trinity qualifications are the recognised standard (although not always required).

My questions are ….

Is this plan attainable? i.e. Am I too old and are there really jobs available out there?

Is a CELTA/Trinity qualification really required for such jobs (If so, I would have to try and raise the £1300ish to take the course) or are these cheaper 'TEFL' courses any good?

Is an online course sufficient secure a job?

To clarify, I'm not looking to earn a fortune here – just a career-change and enough income to live in a chosen country (thinking Europe-Spain, Portugal, Italy?) and pay the rent and the bills (which is what I do here in the UK anyway).

While I have no formal teaching qualifications, I have run workshops at the office, mentored new starters and have even taught musical privately.

Many thanks for any advice at all gratefully received. While I'm sure plenty of people might just say 'go for it', I'm equally interested in hearing any stories where things have not quite gone as planned.


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Re: Can I escape the UK?

Unread post by pauldev » 14 Jan 2015, 02:50

You can and you will find it is a very rewarding experience. There are lots of job opportunities worldwide and you can be comfortable...certainly more than comfortable if you are both working. CELTA is a good choice.

Good luck!

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Re: Can I escape the UK?

Unread post by LanceB » 14 Jan 2015, 19:37

Many thanks, Paul, for the encouraging response.

As you say, CELTA seems to be the way to go and I think now's the time! :-)

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Re: Can I escape the UK?

Unread post by serendip » 13 Feb 2015, 11:29

Be forewarned that some schools practice age discrimination. I just turn 42 and many don't really like that.

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Re: Can I escape the UK?

Unread post by John V55 » 25 Apr 2015, 08:32

I emigrated from the UK at the age of 54 and so missed the recession, which I saw coming a mile off and is one of the reasons why I left. If you already have a successful career my advice is to stay put. If it goes wrong, you’d probably find it difficult to go back in a year and resume where you left off.

1. Yes, if you have a degree, there are jobs out there. However, they won’t reflect the salary you now have and you’d probably struggle to earn enough to keep both you and your wife.

2. A TEFL certificate plus your degree would suffice. The CELTA courses are for those wanting to move up. At 43 and by the time you get established, you’re going to be getting on a bit for that. Instead of a CELTA, the younger ones would be much better off doing a PGCE.

3. Choose your location carefully; Europe like the UK is in a major recession and the cost of living within the EU is high within each country, in comparison to salaries.

The whole of the west has been in an ongoing recession since 2008 and it’s not getting any better. Millions are fleeing every year, so I know where you’re coming from. However, it depends on your reason(s) for leaving. If it’s simply a middle life crisis search for adventure, I’d strongly advise against it. Giving up a successful career in IT for a TEFL job in say France, is like leaving an successful IT job in Luton for a minimum wage warehouse worker job in Croydon. It’s simply a change of scenery.

I’m in the Far East where there is plenty of work for people like yourself and well away from the EU. I don’t want high tax socialism, a nanny State, political correctness and EU working time directives, so you know why I left. :)

You will need experience, gained usually at voluntary work and a TEFL (not online), is usually much cheaper outside the UK. There are plenty of horror stories online about those that fail, but usually these come from SE Asia and the Far East, where the rules are strict and they’re usually through a lack of cultural knowledge. If the EU with its recession, social unrest and unemployment is as far as you want to go, I’d advise against it.
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