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Many people teach English on their gap year to gain some valuable life experience, have fun, and travel the world. But for those seeking out something a little more serious or those who want to develop professionally and progress financially, there is plenty of room for growth within the teaching English as a foreign language sector.

After a few years of teaching English there is room to progress to a management level position. Though you don’t have this in public schools, most languages centres will have a level of foreign management who interview for new teachers, deal with the staff on a daily basis, assess new teachers to make sure they are up to standard, and to all intents and purposes generally run the school. This doesn’t mean they don’t teach any lessons, but for those with the desire to progress in this manner, it’s entirely possible to do so.

Moving onto institutions like the British Council is also a path that many English teachers take. Of course you will still be an English teacher, but there are many possibilities to get involved with developing curriculum and being involved with designing education policy that fits the needs of the country where you are teaching. The British Council also has a range of other opportunities like the three year scheme leaders program, and having experience as an English teacher is invaluable if you wish to participate in such an endeavour.

Once you have established your credentials teaching English at public schools and language centres, many people go on to teach English at universities. This is not only possible in places such as Asia but also in Europe. Because of the growth in international business and communications many university degrees consist of a compulsory English element. This means that the demand for quality English teachers is constantly increasing all across the world, so once you have experience you can easily progress and in no time at all end up working for a highly respected academic institution.

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