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|ardeepthi 1 post||
I am Deepthi from India. First, a little about myself. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science (4 years). I have worked as a Customer Support Representative and as a Systems's Engineer in an MNC for close to 5 years. I have also been volunteering at a school for last 7 years during weekends helping kids with their lessons and also teaching them Computers and multimedia.
I am considering doing a 140 hour combined course. However, there are a few questions in my mind that I was hoping someone here might be able to help me with.
Firstly, I see most of the job postings for teaching English requires that the Applicant is a native English Speaker - I am not. So will I be able to find a job? Does anyone here know of non-native English speakers who have been successful in getting a good placement?
Secondly, are there agencies (genuine ones) that can help with placement?
Also, any internships available for non-native English speakers?
Last but not the least, any non-native English speakers here who can share their experiences with me so I can make a more informed choice?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
|kaniksin 4 posts||
Hi Deepthi !
I sail the same boat as you . Graduated from Enginering school in 2011 and fleeted past one gruelling year with IBM as an application developer and have just quit my first job to pursue TEFL as a career. It is driven by my love for the language as much as it is for travel .I also have some experience teaching Indian kids at a local NGO in pune .
Let me know how your plans work out . Please share any information that we all can benefit from as non natives waiting to embark on their EFL journeys :)
|raiwayorthaiway 1 post||
Prashant from india...MBA with 2 years as Sr.HR. Bored and now have enrolled for aTEFL in BKK.
I'm sure it should not be impossible to find a job, but the prospects are pretty thin and the Salary that we Non-Natives u'd be offered are also not great.
You need to put in a lot of effort in your In-class course (Online is of no good), appear to all the possible interviews for a good number of weeks
I have lived for a couple of months in Thailand and have done intense research before i put down my papers...have a fair idea about the place and the market.
If you ready for al this then welcome to Thailand.
I'll keep you guys posted here...share your experiences guys......
Best of luck!!!