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...

14 Reasons International TEFL Academy Is The Best Company To Work For in Chicago (Or Anywhere!)

 By Jessie Smith

  • Making dreams come true every day? Check.
  • Promoting global travel & education? Check.
  • Kick-ass international colleagues who have traveled to 100+ countries? Yep.
  • Free beer, work-from-home policies & an international company trip to Europe or Latin America? Check, check, & check!

We firmly believe International TEFL Academy has the best company culture in the world. That phrase, 'best company in the world' actually comes out of our mouths fairly often. Not sure how many others can say the same about their 9 to 5.

From yearly (free) staff trips abroad, to competitive benefits, ongoing professional development and an arguably ridiculous amount of vacation time, ITA has created what we like to call a 'super company' out to help people go see the world by teaching English abroad.

10 Best Job Markets for Teaching English Abroad in 2018

Will 2018 be the year that you see the world?

Do you seek the international adventure of a lifetime in 2018?  With 1.7  billion people using and learning English worldwide, the international job market for teaching English abroad has never been stronger with new opportunties opening every single day from China & Turkey to Vietnam & Costa Rica. Teaching English overseas provides more opportunities than any other field for English speakers from all walks of life and all backgrounds to live, work and travel abroad in foreign countries across the globe. 

And guess what? No prior teaching experience is required! However, taking an accredited TEFL certification course will allow you to gain the skills and qualification you need to get hired and to teach on the professional level.

As we look forward toward to 2018, here are 10 of the top job markets to consider as you look at your options for teaching English abroad this coming year....

The 14 Best Travel Instagrams & Blogs to Follow in 2017

By: Ashley Houston

Sometimes all it takes is an inspirational photo or quote to push you over the edge to book that plane ticket, take the leap of faith, and travel abroad. Other times, it’s what can keep you afloat between journeys--nourishing the soul and reminding you of all the great things out there in the world.

Through the years we’ve read countless travel memoirs, blogs, biographies, and now, find ourselves constantly “hearting” every travel thing we come across on Instagram.

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.

5 Weekend Trips You Can't Miss While Living Abroad in Spain

By: Helen Schenck 

Most of those teaching English in Europe want to country hop during their vacation time, but they forget to fully explore the country in which they are actually teaching! As an English teacher in Spain, you're living in a region that is not only manageable, but also very affordable to navigate & travel  from top to bottom and left to right. Most teachers will visit Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, but that is just scratching the surface of Spain.

During some your long weekends (they do love their holidays in Spain!), be sure to check out some of these hidden gems:

10 International Celebrations & Festivals You Need On Your Bucket List!

By: Michael Kunik

One of the great things about teaching English abroad is that teachers live in close proximity to hundreds of regional/international festivals and cultural events that would be difficult and expensive to experience while living in their home countries.  

Here's 10 of the best cultural events to experience around the world in 2017 (note that dates will change year-to-year for some events)!  

3 Things to Consider For South Africans Planning to Teach English Abroad

By: Lindsay Campher Krasinski

 

Interested in getting out of South Africa and exploring another country and another continent? Tired of biltong, Spur burgers, and the local Pick and Pay?

Before you start planning your move overseas to teach English, keep in mind these three things:  visas, costs, and language. Let's break these three down further.