A reader of this blog commented the following after reading our post about better targeting your job search:
I was totally unaware that I could use my engineering background and combine it with TEFL. That’s something I will look into deeper.
I assume I would approach engineering companies (local or multi-national), universities that teach engineering, etc?
Would I need any additional training for that type of work?
I see there are Business English certificates. Would I need that?
Good thinking all around!
Use your previous experience to leverage a better role for yourself in your new occupation.
Universities, colleges and even high schools that teach what you have previously studied and the area in which you have worked are the best/perfect fit. You’ll find like-minded people and you will understand the problems your students are facing in their education.
Even if you were an art major, possibly one of the degrees least likely to help you find a job in our Western culture, an art-oriented school will be more interested in you than in me. And you are more likely to find common interests that will make your daily life on the job more interesting.
Most extreme of possibilities? If you have ten years experience flipping hamburgers? Check out the headquarters of the big chains in your targeted country. I once taught executives from a major international company how to exchange email and other correspondence with their head office in another country. All their communication, of course, was in English.
Specialty certificates are useful – but it is probably better to get a more general TEFL Certification just to learn the basics of teaching English first. You already have the specialty language skills of your particular industry.
A good resource would be:
TED’s Tips™ #1: I hope this post gives you some optimism about looking for a GREAT fit, rather than just any job.