Thursday, 29 November 2012

The beauty of a CELTA qualification

Some people would class a CELTA qualification as a mere ticket to a gap year. It is true that a lot of people do the course to do just that.

I did it because it was the last thing on my list to try before I fell into a pit of despair over not knowing what to do with my life.

Turns out I should have done this years ago...

However, if I had bounded out of Uni and gone straight down the CELTA route I think I would have felt differently. I would have seen it as a gap year job and I would have always wondered about the office world and other such things.

So actually...despite the time it has taken me to get here...well, I got here in the end and in the right fashion.

If you are thinking about doing a CELTA I'd say DO IT! It is hard work though - you have to be prepared for that. Maybe not PGCE hard work but still demanding and rather all-consuming. See here, here, here and here for my own personal experiences.

If you don't want to work in an office; if you like socialising and travel;  and you enjoy learning about the English language and having great conversations on a myriad of topics, meeting other interesting people along the way as you go then this is the job for you.

I work hard but the benefits are great  -especially in Spain with the hot weather and late starts.

I could be earning a lot more money doing a PGCE (some of my London friends even happily calculated how much I was losing every day by not doing a PGCE and 'wasting my potential') but I've been dancing with this devil on and off for a long time and I'm still not convinced it is the path for me.

An institution which offers a full bursary to academics with a first, half a bursary to those with a 2.1 and nothing to those with a 2.2 and yet preaches about how we all have different learning styles and speeds and ways of developing just strikes me as totally bonkers. Just because you're an academic with a first does not make you a good teacher -if anything there is a high chance you could be a bit socially inept because you devoted all your spare time to your studies.

And I think it is ridiculous that Art teachers will soon be expected to have a B at GCSE if they wish to teach their subject as some Official stated on Radio 4 in an interview the other day. He argued that they would need to handle spreadsheets and help students with their maths homework...yeah...I didn't buy it.

As my grandfather used to say to my mother: 'Don't go into Education, it is full of bigoted people.'

She didn't listen and she's always complaining.

...and as for all the stress, the discipline and administrative work...I'm just not sure.

A CELTA gives me the freedom and excitement I want, the creativity I crave. It is thrilling to know that in a couple of months time I will need to make decisions as to where I head next. Maybe I'll stay here, maybe I'll move to Barcelona...I might end up in South Korea.

Today my friend (who is living it up in Japan with her CELTA) and I gushed over Skype of all our ideas and plans and daydreamed about adventures in Saudi Arabia together or Canada...

The world feels like it is indeed my oyster.

I don't think it will always be like this some point I will want to come home...but for now its that ticket...a shiny golden a truly wonderful life.

1 comment:

Juanita said...

"Just because you're an academic with a first does not make you a good teacher -if anything there is a high chance you could be a bit socially inept because you devoted all your spare time to your studies."

Hear, hear! We all have our learning styles and are good at the certain things we do. Not getting A's doesn't mean a person is unintelligent; he/she just wasn't given the right test. But dammit, we are all judged on our exam scores, aren't we.