Why I decided to pursue a TEFL over a CELTA certificate

If you want to change things, it requires braveryI’m making my way through an online TEFL course. I know I said in an earlier post that I wanted complete the CELTA course, but I have a good reason: I am impatient.

I want to get out of here as soon as possible, and while a CELTA would be great for a teaching career, for now I would be better off getting a quick certificate and getting on a plane towards southeast Asia.

I’ve worked through the first four modules of the course, and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I know a lot of the information already, but it’s good to get a refresher for the concepts that I’ll need to teach in the classroom. There is definitely value in the TEFL course.

There are two major reasons why I chose to get a TEFL instead of waiting for the CELTA in August. 1. I became impatient. I want to start applying for places now so I can get my feet wet as soon as possible and start planning for a life after the office. 2. Because upon doing more research, many have suggested that acquiring a CELTA could be overkill, considering that I’m not sure if I’ll be doing this beyond two years, let alone the rest of my life.

I would like to travel my whole life though, but I’m not sure if teaching is going to be for me. I can definitely teach, and I’ve been told my whole life that I would be an excellent instructor because I can convey my ideas well and I can be patient when I want to be. I’ve also had experience mentoring others in my particular field, so I’m familiar with taking on the teacher’s role.

At the end of the day, I want to travel. I want to get out of my mom’s house and on with my life. I want to be creative. Teaching is just the medium that I’ll use to earn a living—a noble profession—but that won’t necessarily be my main focus. While I’ll put in the effort to teach, I won’t contribute all my time towards teaching.

My main goal is to become a creative myself, and I believe that can only be accomplished with getting out of my mom’s house and living on my own. Granted, I don’t need to leave California to do that, but I have to do something drastic to change the course of my life. I need a change of scenery.

I want to be free. My goal is to be free from constraints, which includes where I can go and the things I can do. I want to travel the rest of my life, which means making good money and not have debt. I also don’t want to write for dentists my whole life, so I really feel that it will be the perfect time to leave. My last day will be in August, and whether I’m ready or not, I’m moving on with my life no matter what.

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