Having a TEFL certificate is the key step to finding a job in the world of teaching English as a foreign language.

In addition to giving us the necessary knowledge to teach, this certification also gives us the psychological strength to consider ourselves professionals in this sector, and to contact schools even if we have no experience as teachers.

But teaching English in schools isn’t the only option our new TEFL certificate offers us. 

Here are 5 types of jobs you can consider, whether you stay in your home Country or go and live overseas, right after you earn your TEFL qualification.


1). Private Teacher

As mentioned in the article TEACHING ENGLISH PRIVATELY: YOUR FIRST JOB, teaching English privately is the fastest way to start working as a teacher, because it depends entirely on you and your talent for involving people.
Use social media or local job boards .
You can initially set a very attractive price to get your first students, to get experienced and grow your confidence as a teacher, then aim for other more stable jobs.

2). Free Courses

Many don’t consider libraries and Community Centers because the English courses they offer are free or very affordable.
Keep in mind that courses may be free for students, but teachers get paid, and it’s a great way to earn an extra and build your network.
A lot of people work in these places, and when a teacher is needed, they first ask the people they know.
Also, once the course is over, each of those students could contact you for lessons or recommend you to their friends.

3). Online Courses

Learning English online is not a new thing.
Especially in Asia, it has been a widespread practice for several years. Yet, never before has the online industry developed as quickly as during the Corona Virus emergency.

Teaching online allows you to start and maintain a business no matter where you live, be it a small town in an English-speaking country where there is not much demand for English teachers, or a place abroad where you recently moved.

Above all, this is a job that you can keep during all your travels.

4). Teacher in schools, but not TEFL

A TEFL certificate is a teaching qualification that allows you to be considered also for subjects that are not related to English.
If you have a strong passion or demonstrable knowledge of a subject, a TEFL qualification helps you to demonstrate your proficiency as a teacher, as well as your knowledge of English.

With that, you can find work as a teacher even in subjects that are not related to English, such as Art Teacher for children, or family counselor, just to name a few.

5) Language schools, even if not as an English Teacher

If you have good administrative skills, a TEFL qualification is valuable and gives you an advantage over other applicants, for example if you want to work in a school secretary or in operations. 

In addition to this, language schools often need Activity Leaders to integrate English teaching during their activities.
Schools need also managers and teachers with specialties, who teach English through a subject. 

Many schools run special courses, such Fashion Design. They don’t just need a TEFL Teacher, but somebody with expertise in a specific subject, and that could be your chance to shine.
For example, I have worked a lot as a photography, filmmaking and graphics teacher, teaching English to foreign students.

Personally, I taught Italian, Creative Writing, Photography, Filmmaking, Graphic design and even sports, thanks to my teaching qualification.

6). Non-teaching jobs abroad

When you move abroad you may find out that the demand for English teachers is not as high as you thought (so it is good to do some research before you leave).
This happens, for example, when you go to places that rely almost entirely on tourism.

In other circumstances, you have taken your TEFL qualification as a passe-partout, to help you find a job quickly, but teaching is not your passion.

This certificate proves that you have a high level of English and knowledge in the field of teaching, so you know how to explain with clarity.
This helps you in your search for any other job, giving you an advantage among candidates who may speak well the local language well, but don’t have a good English.

To give you an example, thanks to my qualification and my passion for video and photography, when I moved to Spain I found a job as a Photographer, because I could communicate easily with British tourists, who represented most of the market for that company.

What’s your thought about finding work in the TEFL world? Write to us at editorial@galleryteachers.com and we can share it among our members!