By Singapore Teaching Centre, British Council

05 September 2014 - 10:01

Soft skills

CELTA graduate, Jenny Teo tells us how the qualification has helped her change career and move abroad. 

Prior to CELTA, I had a long and fairly successful career in marketing and communications for corporate, non-profit and government sectors in the US and Singapore. But after 20 years of being in the industry, I felt burnt out and craved something that was not only completely different but could also offer me more autonomy and more importantly, fuel my passion for travel.

The CELTA course at the British Council felt like a baptism of fire. It was arduous, gruelling, nerve-wrecking and pushed me to the limit - mentally, physically and emotionally. Yet it was one of the most satisfying and fulfilling chapters of my life. I felt so blessed to have two incredible course tutors, supportive peers and wonderful students who journeyed with us throughout the 4-week course. 

Since CELTA, I've taught foreign students at a private institution in Singapore, and in a few weeks' time, I'll be moving to Istanbul to teach at a private college there. CELTA has given me the tools, confidence and "passport" to embark on my new career in TEFL. In fact, I found CELTA so beneficial that I've also enrolled for the Young Learners Extension course, so as to better prepare and equip myself to teach young Turkish learners in my job in Istanbul. 

My plan is to live, teach and travel in Europe for the next few years and beyond that, explore South America perhaps. Eventually, I would like to get involved in some volunteer teaching with underprivileged and marginalized communities

We would like to wish Jenny all the luck in the world.  

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