Matt Corkin of Language Corps was nice enough to contribute the below article on ‘Job Opportunities in a Recession’ – its maybe something to pass along to volunteers thinking of teaching abroad and an opportunity for the industry when everyone is talking doom and gloom. i-to-i is up 37% year on year for TEFL sales – I think that helps prove that there is no time like the present to encourage volunteers to teach abroad.
Trying to find work during a recession is no easy task. However, there are still many opportunities available for those willing to look outside the box. With Corporate America cutting back on its workforce each week, now is an excellent time to look elsewhere until the economy can right itself. The key is finding a job that is still in high demand even during these hard times. Interestingly enough, we have found a steady demand for teaching English as a foreign language, even in a recession. Despite the global economic slowdown, countries in Europe, Asia, and South America are experiencing high demand for English teachers. If you are not an education professional, then you might not have considered teaching English, but you might be surprised to discover that investing a few weeks in a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) certification course, offered by providers such as LanguageCorps and BridgeLinguatec, might be all that’s needed for you to qualify for a position.
Areas such as Southeast Asia and South America have great opportunities for those interested in teaching English. Due to the increasingly competitive global job market, the demand for English speakers is even higher. More and more people around the world need to possess strong English skills in order to gain a competitive edge with employers. Therefore, positions as teachers of English have become even more valued and continue to be in high demand. Especially in Asia, the demand for English teachers continues to be very strong, and due to the relatively high salaries English teachers earn by local standards, they are able to live comfortably and typically also put aside savings.
While European economies are participating in the global downturn, teaching English appears to be relatively exempt. The dollar does seem to fluctuate against the Euro, so keep that in mind, but when you have landed a job and are being paid in Euros, it becomes less of an issue. For those interested in spending an extended period of time in Europe, immersing themselves in a new culture, and adding professional, international experience to their resume is a great way to get through this recession.
In summary, this is a great time for adventurous people to take advantage of a stronger job market in other countries while building experience and having a great time. Teaching English is a way to avoid the recession while helping people learn a vital skill. In a year or two when the US job market is more favorable there will be better opportunities than are available now. Having added very valuable international work experience will make a resume stand out to employers.