Stow, MA, May 05, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- LanguageCorps Inc., a leader in providing TEFL/TESOL programs across the globe, sees strong demand for teaching English abroad, despite the dismal job outlook in the US. The Massachusetts-based company offers a variety of certification programs for talented people interested in travel, internationalism, and teaching abroad; empowering them to thrive as professionals while living in, working in, and learning about a different culture.
In Toughest Ever Job Market, Looking Overseas can help you to Gain Experience and Develop a Unique Skill.
2009 is shaping up to be one of the toughest job markets in decades for new and recent college grads. Fallout from the deepening recession includes record unemployment, and company downsizing across virtually every market category.
The result? An extreme challenge for tens of thousands of first-time job seekers. These days, college grads are competing not only with each other – they now find themselves competing directly with older, more experienced workers who are willing to compete in terms of compensation as well as jobs that they would not have considered until recently. “While it may not be fair,” a company manager recently commented, “if I have the chance to hire a more experienced person with a proven skill-set for the same compensation as a new, inexperienced college graduate, I have to compare those two candidates side by side.”
That spells trouble for the recent college grad, unless they bring something unique to the dialog – a special skill, or real-world experience that readily translates into the fast- changing, increasingly global business environment. High on this list of unique skills and experience is time spent living and working overseas.
In her recent article, “Four job strategies for the class of 2009” on CNNMoney.com, Anne Fisher quoted Steven Rothberg, president of www.CollegeRecruiter.com
, who talked about the value of global experience for job seekers. “Everybody, but particularly a new grad, should aim to work in a growth industry or a field with great growth potential,” Rothberg says. “And global business is guaranteed to keep on growing. So having international experience gives you a tremendous leg up.”
Rothberg cited programs that pay workers to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Asia and Latin America, among other locales. Among those programs, Rothberg pointed to LanguageCorps (www.languagecorps.com
), which recruits, trains and certifies, then places and supports English language teachers in its own and partner schools in Asia, Latin America and Europe.
“It’s a bit of an adventure, and the best part is that most employers see that immersion in a foreign culture as a big plus,” Fisher quoted Rothberg as saying. “It will really make you fantastically marketable. You’ll stand out from the crowd.”
“We have heard time and again from our teacher-clients,” says Jerry Patton, LanguageCorps president, “that they not only had a great time and gained personally from their overseas experience, but that they returned home with a genuine sense of how life really works in another culture around the world. Perhaps as importantly, our clients return home with a new set of proven skills, and a refined global perspective based on personal experiences that make post- grad programs and new employers sit up and take notice.”
So what is the best advice for college grads that are chasing that elusive first job offer? It might start with thinking outside the country in addition to outside the box. Embrace the adventure of living and working in a new culture. Seize the opportunity of an overseas work program and be paid as you develop skills and experience that are particularly valued by organizations and businesses that increasingly look globally for their growth. Become a citizen of the world. And by doing so, cast your net for future opportunities in a much larger pond, indeed.
Founded in 2002, LanguageCorps offers programs in various locations throughout Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Programs vary by country, but all include an intensive, four-week TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) training and certification course, pre-departure support, and assistance finding a paid teaching position. Some programs also include local language and cultural training, guaranteed job placement, medical insurance, accommodations, excursions, and other support services. Specifics on program components and costs are outlined on the Program page for each individual country at our website.