I started teaching in 1997. I was 23 years old, I was young and had my whole life in front of me (sounds like a movie). I'm 37 on my next birthday and I'm starting to reflect a bit on the choices I've made along the way. I love teaching EFL. I wouldn't change my job, but there are things that I wish I could change about my situation. I spent my first ten years teaching working in private language schools where conditions were not bad. I was relatively well paid for TEFL in both jobs. I started to get itchy feet about three years ago when I realised that I wasn't getting any younger. After my Dip I started work as a freelancer. I've been working as a language assistant in a project in a state primary school here in Spain for the past three years. I've had the chance to see what goes on in state schools and had the opportunity to break into teacher training.
I read an interview with Alex Case recently and he said that TEFL teachers should have a back up plan. My problem is that I'm sliding towards 40 and have no back up plan. I don't want to go back to the UK and change careers. I love teaching I just don't much like the conditions in the profession I'm in. So, apart from moan about my situation I've figured out that I have a few options.
1) Set up my own language school.
2) Re-train as an English teacher here in Spain and work in a state school.
3) Move to a bigger city and work as a CELTA trainer.
4) Do an MA and try to get a job at a university.
5) Get more into teacher training and the conference circuit.
6) Try and get into materials writing.
If these fail I'll still be teaching the verb to be when I'm 63 which wouldn't be so bad if I had some job security and a decent wage. I know that these days nothing is certain but I can't help dreaming of a fixed contract ,paid holidays a pension, security and a decent wage......
Anyone out there in the same situation or feel the same?