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  1. Hey Lillie. I am 18 years old and I definitely intend to be an English teacher. However, i don’t know where to start. I received acceptance from my desired university to do comparative Literature and Asian studies. However someone told me that I should look into doing a bachelor’s of education instead as that is the more sensible path. Do I follow their advice and do a Bachelor’s of Education? or do I go on to study Literature?


    1. Hi Sue,

      Thanks for your comment, and congrats on your acceptance! I will share my own experience to help you think your path through, but please be advised that it is only one person’s experience.

      I went to Brown University in Rhode Island (my dream college!) and majored in Comparative Literature (French and Spanish) and International Development. I did not take a single Education class while in college! I did, however, start volunteering at a local school my Junior year, and loved it so much, I went on to lead the program my Senior year. This solidified for me how much I loved teaching, and so I applied to several certification programs after college, and selected a one-year teacher certification graduate program with student teaching as a major feature. (Experience practicing in actual classrooms is KEY.)

      After that year, I was certified to teach, but honestly, I was not prepared. It took years of figuring it out on the job to get the skills needed to be an effective teacher. Now, however, (14 years into this career) teaching is wonderful, and I love it! This is to say that you should follow the path that works best for you, but you can absolutely make it work to go to a regular university, and do teacher certification afterwards. Best of luck, and keep us posted!


  2. Fiona Macpherson March 18, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Hi Lillie, the commonwealth teaching exchange programme has stopped doing exchanges. It just so happens I was in the process of applying. I want to exchange to British Columbia for a year. Do you have any information about any other programmes I could apply to. Thanks so much, Fiona


  3. Hi Lillie,
    As fate would have it, I met a friend of yours on the redline this evening. She was with a colleague of mine from Cambridge Public Schools. I mentioned that I possibly wanted to travel abroad next school year to teach and your friend (Kelly) told me about your blog. I’m about to check it out now but wanted to connect.


    1. How cool! I’ll send you an email directly. Thanks for connecting!


  4. 64, have had my own Hi Tech business for 27 years designing custom instruments for the Paper industry to “see” quality and assess it with numbers.
    Electronics Programming R&D
    I do not have a teaching background , but have worked with many people teaching how to do many things related to R&D at mills and organizations, like TAPPI
    I wonder now if there is a possibility of transferring this knowledge into a teaching / traveling work life in my retired years.
    I found your site and thought maybe you could help.
    I lived in Fiji for 4 years in 2000-2004 and helped with a community teaching center so it would not be my first rodeo Haha!
    Jeff Marc
    USA GA


    1. Hi Jeff,
      Thanks for taking the time to connect! Sounds like you’ve had an amazing career, and I’m confident you could find a placement somewhere in the world that would use yours skills and interests well. Use the search feature of this site to find interviews with people who’ve done things that appeal to you, too, and feel free to reach out to them directly, or via the comments section of the article. Best of luck, and keep us posted!


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