WHEN I GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE, I had no idea what I wanted to do. A career path wasn’t really apparent, and I had a degree that, although useful for some jobs, wasn’t particularly helpful for me. Spending that next year working a dead-end job, and battling a constant feeling of wanderlust, I decided to finally make some moves.
I had been told that taking time off to travel would significantly put me behind in the race to get a career going, so making the decision to teach English abroad was a difficult one. I grappled with the decision but after doing some research and reaching out to others through TEFL sites like Maximo Nivel and Dave’s ESL Café, I found a bit of a community and a whole lot of validation for my decision.
After a year teaching in China and more than seven months in Southeast Asia, I can confidently say that teaching abroad doesn’t mean that you have to put your career on hold. In fact, I found quite the opposite to be true. How did teaching abroad help me build my career while traveling at the same time?