TEFL certification courses don’t teach you how to succeed
Those of us with a business or management education will remember the research that says that only about 20% of people who are fired from their jobs are fired due to a lack of skills in their occupation.
The flip side of that equation says: 80% of people fired from their jobs are fired for other reasons – usually poor work habits and social skills issues.
So, yes, I hope you study your TEFL training carefully and develop the skills to become a teacher that provides great benefit to your students. But, there are a few more things involved along the way.
A favorite topic of mine is intercultural skills and learning to adapt and thrive in a foreign culture. Add intercultural miscommunication to that 80% of people fired for other than job skills and I think that all of a sudden you will find that 80% becoming 90% or even more – for people living abroad. And that would reflect my experience and what I have seen working in five different foreign countries.
What to do? How to learn more on these type issues that your TEFL Training doesn’t cover? Go on over to this page at TEFL Boot Camp: Free eBooks where you can sign up and get a couple good ebooks that will help you get started, but also – Seven Secrets to Success Abroad – and that book will help you understand how to operate in a different culture with different expectations at work and outside school.
TED’s Tips™ #1: Pick up some intercultural skills and you will go a long way toward assuring your success while living and working overseas.
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