Who TEFLs? - School Leavers
9 August 2012
You may be looking at a deferred entry to university this year
to take a year out. This is a very popular route for many young
school leavers to travel down, but how do you make the most out of
your time out? In this section we look at the benefits
of teaching English abroad on your gap year, and how you
can get started.
What are the advantages of deferring a place to
Don't despair if you're application to university
this year wasn't successful, a year out teaching English abroad
could be just what you need to get your head in the right place,
gain some international work experience, and figure out exactly
what you want to do with your life.
By taking a gap year, you're giving yourself a chance to do
something unusual and rewarding; travelling and teaching abroad
will let you try new things, discover new cultures and you'll earn
It may sound clichéd but taking a gap year before university
really will be a life changing experience. Often it helps people
mature and become more confident and able to deal with the demands
What do universities think of deferring a place?
Most universities are of the opinion that applying for deferred
entry and taking a gap year allows students to have a worthwhile,
constructive experience before entering into the grind of further
education. What you do with yourself on year out is very important
though, universities will be impressed with an official
TEFL qualification on your CV and experience teaching English
abroad, they won't be as impressed to find out you spent a year
lying on a beach in Thailand and partying.
Our advice is to think carefully about what you will do and how
it will contribute to your further studies and career development.
Most students starting at university after a year abroad are much
better prepared for the challenges of their studies and have useful
life experiences to bring to bear on the subjects they are
Generally a year out gives school leavers a chance to develop
mature and see something of the world - all positive things!
Adding a Gap year to your CV
Your gap year that you take just after school will be something
you talk about, remember and include on your CV for years to come.
It may seem like spec in the distant future right now, but it is
worth considering what your employers down the line will make of
your year abroad.
After university, you'll be applying for jobs and your gap year
is something that will add something extra to your CV. Employers
generally look for people with transferable skills who've done
something different to make them stand out from the crowd. Spending
a year teaching English abroad will do all that is needed to
impress employers; it shows you are bright, independent and a
Your official TEFL certificate is also another
qualification to add to your CV with pride.
Our TEFL courses have more accreditation than any other
UK TEFL course provider and is considered a reputable and
recognised qualification worldwide.
Feeling inspired? Start your journey teaching English abroad
with TEFL Org UK.