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This month’s theme is Get Started! So throughout January we will be sharing stories of how people just like you got started on their own TEFL journey. In this article Jocelyn and I will give some insights about our own backgrounds and what led us to TEFL. To follow more of our #GetStarted stories, visit us on Instagram @TEFLPros.
Chances are, some of you reading this are a lot like me. When I was 27, after working for five years in corporate, enterprise level sales for a fantastic company in downtown Chicago, I decided I wanted a career change and registered for a TEFL course. Everyone told me I was crazy when I quit my glamorous, high paying job, but it was the best decision of my life.
I graduated with a triple major in International Studies, History and Anthropology and a minor in French. While my sales job taught me a lot about business, I always had a passion for academics, culture and exploration. It was scary at first; moving abroad and becoming an English teacher was not something people did. As I (nervously) suspected, it was absolutely the right path for me and has been so much more rewarding than I ever imagined. I spent some time teaching in Cameroon, Luxembourg and at an ESL community center in Chicago. Now I teach in Bangkok, Thailand and love every minute of it!
My journey began over 10 years ago when I was a student at UNC. I had always dreamed of traveling the world. A study abroad program in France during my Junior year was the catalyst that set that dream into motion.
Fast forward to now and I’ve lived in Europe and Asia for the past decade. My transition from being a study abroad student to being an adult working abroad came in the form of a TEFL training course in Bangkok, Thailand and later a teacher trainer course. I was hired by the school that ran the training course, and signed my first (of many) 1-year contracts on the last day of the term. What began as a dream of traveling the world, soon morphed into a love of helping people through teaching. And in all honesty, Teaching English as a Foreign Language has taught me far more about life, and about myself than I could have ever imagined.
Cheers to your own #TEFLjourney !
<3 Jos and Whit
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