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.

Teaching English Abroad: Tips for Job Interviews on Phone and Skype

Top 11 Expert Tips for Interviewing for Jobs Teaching English Abroad over Skype and the Phone

By Shay Ames


Interviewing procedures and practice vary widely for jobs teaching English abroad.  In some cases, you should expect to interview face-to-face with schools in the country where you wish to teach.  In other cases, you will apply and interview for jobs in advance from home.  This is typical for positions teaching English in the Arab Gulf countries, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, European countries like Turkey and Russia, and some Latin American countries (Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, in particular).  Such interviews are typically conducted over the phone and/or by Skype.  As in any job interview, you want to do the best possible job in selling your qualifications, presenting yourself as a professional and convincing your potential employer that you are the best possible person for the job, but here are some particular points to help you master interviews for teaching English abroad conducted over Skype and the phone.   

Can I Use My TEFL Certification to Teach English in the United States?

By Matthew Birgy

Yes!  You can teach English in the United States with your TEFL certification. There are millions of non-native English speakers living, working and studying in the United States and the demand for English language instruction is huge. From recent immigrants and migrant workers to business professionals moving to the United States on assignment, as well as international students studying (and enjoying a little fun in at the same time) in the States, there are students in need of English language instruction from all walks of life and corners of the globe. This creates many opportunities and formats for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) here in the United States.