I received my degree from a country where English is not the first language. Will this affect finding a teaching position overseas?
- It is important to keep in mind that each country has different requirements in order to qualify for a working visa. Generally speaking, in order to obtain a working visa you must:
- Be a native English speaker
- Have been born in an English speaking country, or
- Have had at least 10-12 years of formal education in a country where English is the primary language
- Hold citizenship in an English speaking country
- In the case of a person born and raised in an English speaking country but having obtained their university degree in a country whose official language is not English, some countries will be unable to process a working visa for them.
- With this said, there is still hope of finding gainful employment overseas. Certainly the more positions that one applies for, the better the chances are of locating a position. It is worth considering applying for positions in person as potential employers will be able to assess your competency and you will be in a better position to fully promote yourself and your skills.