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English Teaching Jobs - What chance?

Hi!

I have been offered a job teaching English as a foreign language within a multinational company. It is a very good job and I want to take it, but I have been told that when the 6 month contract ends there will be no chance of future work in that company (I would be covering a leave of absence).

If i would like to stay in CH beyond the six months would I have much hope of finding another job that pays enough to live? Or would I be able to make a living as a freelance private language teacher? What sort of salary might I expect?

I have:

CELTA Qualification.
10 years teaching experience in British Council accredited schools.
A lot of experience teaching all Cambridge exams: PET, FCE, CAE, CPE.
A lot of eperience teaching IELTS.
A lot of Business English experience and knowledge of the BEC exam.

Many thanks for any help!
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Old 08.08.2011, 00:19
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Re: English Teaching Jobs - What chance?

Your future success would depend on how good your German is. If it is good then you can work full time in schools, otherwise there is lots of competition for poorly paid part time jobs. Most language teachers have trouble finding enough work.
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Re: English Teaching Jobs - What chance?

Are you by any chance, a qualified teacher (with TEFL qualifications in addition to that?)
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Re: English Teaching Jobs - What chance?

Hi, Thanks for the info Ittigen, even if it wasn't exactly what I wanted to hear...


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Are you by any chance, a qualified teacher (with TEFL qualifications in addition to that?)
Nope, I am afraid I am just a TEFL teacher with CELTA but no PGCE

Thanks for responses!
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Old 08.08.2011, 15:13
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Re: English Teaching Jobs - What chance?

I would chance it. You have nice credentials, with sufficient effort and being hopeful, you might be able to pile up a few part time gigs, some private students, and, having a 6mo stint in a school here already might open a lot of doors, too. If not, you can always go back home.
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Hi!

I have been offered a job teaching English as a foreign language within a multinational company. It is a very good job and I want to take it, but I have been told that when the 6 month contract ends there will be no chance of future work in that company (I would be covering a leave of absence).

If i would like to stay in CH beyond the six months would I have much hope of finding another job that pays enough to live? Or would I be able to make a living as a freelance private language teacher? What sort of salary might I expect?

I have:

CELTA Qualification.
10 years teaching experience in British Council accredited schools.
A lot of experience teaching all Cambridge exams: PET, FCE, CAE, CPE.
A lot of eperience teaching IELTS.
A lot of Business English experience and knowledge of the BEC exam.

Many thanks for any help!
Sounds like a good CV with good qualifications and experience. I wouldn't worry too much about knowing any of the Swiss languages for now; you can always pick that up as you go along.

The experience of teaching within a large organisation here will stand you in good stead for getting a similar post here, too.

Anyway, if it doesn't work out, you can always go back to the UK thinking "Well, that was fun!" but if you don't, you might always be wondering "What if..?"
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