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Should you take a TEFL course with a guaranteed job placement?

We know, a TEFL course with a guaranteed job at the end of it sounds great at first. When you’re investing in a course with the intention of pursuing something new and exciting it’s only natural to want some assurance that it’s going to be money well spent. But is it as good as it sounds?

There aren’t many courses that claim a job is guaranteed after completion. Even the best universities in the world don’t make such claims. Why? There are several reasons, but you have to ask why an employer would be prepared to hire someone without an interview?

In our opinion, it’s not the best way to get started as an EFL teacher and there are a few reasons for this. Let’s get into them!

Why limit yourself?

There are thousands of TEFL jobs advertised worldwide. If you have a TEFL qualification from an accredited course provider and a degree* then you will have your pick of countries and employers. A guaranteed job is going to offer non-negotiable terms and pay, which is quite likely to be less favourable than other jobs.

You could end up placed in a less-than-ideal location, have to work more hours than you should, and earn less than other positions in the same area. Is it worth sacrificing the freedom to choose the right job for you?

*even without a degree there are plenty of options to TEFL!

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What sort of employer hires without an interview?

We’ve covered how to spot TEFL scams and bad employers in the past, which is a post we urge anyone about to apply for TEFL jobs to read first. One big red flag we see time and time again is a job offer without an interview. A willingness to recruit like this doesn’t reflect well on an employer.

And remember, an interview is a two-way street. You need to make sure the job is a good fit for you just as much as the employer needs to make sure you’re the right candidate. Without an interview neither side really knows what they’re getting into.

These jobs usually aren’t always guaranteed

A guaranteed job would imply that the only requirement to get the job is completion of the course. There’s often a degree of dishonesty at play here. Many of these “guaranteed jobs” aren’t really guaranteed at all – you’ll still need to go through the application and interview process for TEFL jobs like anyone else.

They claim it’s “guaranteed” because with the huge demand for EFL teachers worldwide it’s highly likely you will find a job. But it’s ultimately not actually guaranteed – this is essentially a marketing gimmick used to sell the course.

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Courses that do offer a guaranteed job are expensive

The TEFL courses that genuinely offer a guaranteed job are usually 4-week intensive courses held in the country the job offered is in. Typically, these courses cost over 1,000 and that doesn’t include accommodation and living costs. Paying inflated fees to get a job that likely offers less money than other comparable employers doesn’t seem worthwhile to us.

In our opinion, if you’re looking for an intensive course then your best option is either the CELTA or CertTESOL courses, which are internationally recognised qualifications held in high regard by employers worldwide. But as we’ve discussed in a previous blog post, an intensive course is unlikely to increase your chances of finding a better job as it’s experience that determines salaries in the TEFL market.

Never pay to get a TEFL job

With these courses you’re essentially paying inflated fees to get a job. You should never have to pay to get a TEFL job, whether the fee for job placement is included in your course fee or an additional cost.

Any reputable TEFL course provider is going to offer assistance with finding work. Here at TEFL Org, our students get lifetime access to our TEFL Jobs Centre and advice from our TEFL experts. We can help with your CV and take a look at job adverts and contracts for you to make sure it all checks out.

With such a high demand for EFL teachers worldwide it simply isn’t necessary to pay to get a job. Considering recruiters make a commission for placing teachers into jobs, it’s a bit suspect to charge for a service they already make money from doing.

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Accreditation matters

Many courses that claim to offer a guaranteed TEFL job don’t have adequate accreditation. This may not be a problem for the employer the course provider has a relationship with, but what about your next job?

We have heard of TEFL qualifications not being accepted because the course provider has dubious accreditation. There is no single accrediting body for TEFL courses so we recommend only taking a course that has government regulation or affiliation. TEFL Org is the most accredited TEFL course provider in the UK, and we have English-government regulation from Ofqual, accreditation from The British Accreditation Council, Scottish Qualifications Authority, and more.

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Finding a TEFL job might seem daunting but believe us when we say if you have a TEFL qualification from an accredited course provider and a BA degree then you won’t have a problem finding work teaching English abroad. Even without a degree you can find teaching work abroad – there are just some restrictions concerning where you can teach.

A TEFL course with a guaranteed job placement is unlikely to guarantee a great TEFL experience. As an EFL teacher your skills are in such demand that you can be selective and find a job that works for you.

Teaching English abroad is an exciting, life-changing experience and we want everyone to have the best start possible! Chat to a TEFL expert if you have any questions, send us an email, or download our TEFL brochure to find out more.