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...

Teach English Online: How to Create a Killer Cover Letter

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By Lynda Galea

Dust off that old cover letter you have sitting around on your desktop - it's time to give it a facelift! Cover letters are usually boring, bland and if you're anything like a majority of the job-seeking market, you send the same one around to every company you apply to... but that's about to change! Enter, a cover letter tailored specifically for that teaching English online job and school you want to apply to work at. You're about to knock their socks off!

Teach English Online: How to Create a Killer Resume

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By Lynda Galea

Thinking about making the move to teaching English online? Got an old resume lost amongst a sea of icons on your desktop that you haven’t updated in a few months, or better yet, years?! Great – you can use this as a starting point, but to really stand out from the crowd, you’re going to want to tailor your resume to focus specifically on teaching English online and strengthen your chance of getting noticed.

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.

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.........