9 Reasons Why Teaching English Abroad is the Best First Job for New College Graduates

So you've returned your cap & gown and cleared out the old dorm room. Believe it or not, your time in college has come and gone.  Now what?!  Are you ready to jump into a cubicle and spend the prime of your life in an office behind a computer screen?  After 15 years of school, do you really want to go straight into the classroom for graduate school? Are you going to stay in your old hometown and hang out with the same old friends doing the same old thing?

Or do you want to jump-start your career by doing something challenging that will enable you to travel the world, make a difference, and build experience and skills that will serve you well in any career you pursue down the line? 

If so, here are 9 reasons why teaching English abroad is the best first job you can get right out of college...

7 Ways Teaching English Abroad Enhances Your Career Prospects

1. Teaching English abroad provides real international work experience that is highly sought after by businesses in the globalized economy of the 21st century.

More than ever, success – or even just survival – in business depends on moving and selling goods and information across borders and around the globe. From financial securities and information technology to food products and petroleum, if you want to be a “global leader” in anything, businesses need to compete in places like China, Europe and Brazil.  This means that major corporations in all fields seek those with experience, a comfort level and a proven ability to work internationally with people from different cultures. This is exactly what you will gain by teaching English abroad while living and working as a member of the local community in a foreign country.

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Transforming Your Teaching Abroad Experience Into New Opportunities

By Doug Waxman

As an Admissions Advisor at International TEFL Academy, I often talk to potential TEFL students who ask the following questions:

  • “How will teaching abroad help my career?”
  • “What will I do after teaching English abroad?”
  • “Can I do more than just teach when I am overseas?”

The bottom line is that even if you aren't planning on making education and teaching your career,  getting a TEFL Certification and teaching English abroad is an excellent way to launch or enhance your career prospects. In many cases, people don't realize how much you learn about yourself by engaging in an experience like teaching English abroad. Of course you learn about a new country and a new culture, but you'll learn a lot more about what interests you, what drives you creatively, and what your passions are - and you may even discover a future career that you never realized existed.

In this article, you’ll meet a variety of International TEFL graduates that have leveraged their experience teaching English abroad into their new careers by starting their own businesses. Their stories will surely inspire you.

6 Reasons Why Teaching Abroad Will Be Even Better Than Studying Abroad


  • Did you have the time of your life studying abroad in Madrid, Paris or Prague?

  • Have you got a serious case of the international travel bug?

  • Missed out on studying abroad, but still want to travel the world?

  • Do you like the idea of getting paid to live in Europe, Asia or Latin America? 

If you're like about 99% of us who have studied abroad, your typical first answer when people ask you about your experience is, "I loved it, but it wasn't enough and I'm dying to get back overseas!"  Well, here's some great news: if you are an English speaker, whether or not  you studied abroad, you can take your international experiences to the next level by getting paid to live and teach English abroad.

In fact, at International TEFL Academy, we like to say that if studying abroad is "International Adventure 1.0," then teaching English abroad is "International Adventure 5.0+."
A native English speaker with a degree (in any field) who earns a TEFL Certification can viably can employment teaching English abroad in up to 80 countries worldwide and even without a degree, you can teach in up to 50 countries.  For most English speakers, it's not a question of whether you can get a job, but which job in which country is the best fit for you? 

So, if you're wondering if you really can top that semester in Florence, here are 6 reasons why teaching English abroad will be even better....  

3 Major Ways Teaching English Abroad Has Changed My Life Since My Return Home

By Jessie Smith

"Wait, you just graduated with a (very expensive) degree in journalism, and now you’re jumping on a plane and flying 8,000 miles away to teach English abroad —WHAT?!"

To say my loved ones were a bit concerned and confused by my seemingly reckless life choice of moving overseas (to Korea?!) to teach English would be an understatement. I'm sure many of you have confronted similar objections. 

Teaching English overseas was the best move for me; I didn’t have a single doubt in my mind. It was just so hard explaining it to everyone else. In my head and my heart the choice to live and work abroad made so much sense, but to everyone else it was just a desperate, irrational attempt at escaping the realities of our rotten economy and the need to kick off a "real career." 

Having now returned, it is so clear that the benefits of teaching English abroad were so much greater than I ever could have imagined. My personal and professional lives haven’t been the same since, and here are just three major reasons why.........