Is There Such a Thing as a Worthwhile Gap Year?Blogs
If you're about to finish college, you've probably started thinking about what you're going to do next and how you're going to get there. You've heard it before, and I'm sorry but you're about to hear it again, 'standing out from the crowd' is one of those must-do things if you want to land yourself a job.
So how do you go about achieving it? Take up an exotic instrument? Chair a society? Perhaps. With unemployment levels still looking bleak, many students and graduates are looking to escape the dreary UK in favour of overseas alternatives - one option is Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).
It's often believed that gap years are frowned upon - but are they? If you spend 5 months lying on a beach in Thailand, then you might not really be able to demonstrate your ' skills' to future employers- other than a tan and your ability to order a round of drinks in Thai... However if you choose to spend your time wisely, then a gap year can actually set you apart from the masses. With no experience necessary and a global demand for English teachers world-wide, TEFL is a great way to escape the UK, head abroad, learn new skills and ultimately, stand out from the crowd. All it takes is a short, online TEFL course such as those from i-to-i and you can be out there teaching in a matter of weeks!
Although there is an obvious fun side to teaching English abroad, mainly that you get to travel on weekends and meet people from all corners of the world, one of the main pull-factors is the endless skills you'll be able to add to your CV.
Here's an example of attainable skills:
- Classroom management
- The local language
- A better understanding of English
- Cultural immersion and appreciation of others
- Time management
Most TEFL contracts last from 8 months to a year, allowing you to really get to grips with your chosen country and perfect your teaching skills. After a year, if you choose to return to the UK, you'll be safe in the knowledge that you've not only made a difference to someone else's future, but your own too.
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