I’m no spring chicken but I’m no summer duck either. What I mean is that I’ve been about…Er. Let’s start again.
Is EFL suitable for people past 25 with families?
When I was young and full of youthful energy I seemed to be surrounded by similar colleagues although there were a couple over 25. But even the DOS was under 30. Then came summer schools where everyone was young. So this continued for a while and after a bit I felt old. There were a couple of older members of staff but in general the school culture was youthful. In fact, I think only 1 person was married and nobody had kids.
As life goes on you change too but I still know many people and places in EFL that seem stuck in a ‘youthful’ culture full of people who say “I’m not ready for…” or “I don’t earn enough for..” I was one of them for a long time but life eventually catches up with you and suddenly you have another half and more mouths to feed.
What I find interesting is why do some teachers and schools have this attitude? Is it not ‘cool’ to have a family? Does it mean you are less employable or actually more mature and reliable? Or perhaps it’s all related to the young culture associated with EFL and thus why it does not always feel like a ‘serious job’ to some.
I know that the international jetsetting life of a contract EFL teacher is a heck of a lot more difficult with people to support and move around and some employers do ask about your situation. I got turned down for a couple of jobs just because of my ‘family situation’ as they put it. Whereas, other employers said “we do accept people with families too, sometimes”.
The other issue is age. Many schools advertise with young teachers/models to show how cool they are or trendy. Does this mean that after 30 you have to work in a college or uni? I recall 1 Italian student who didn’t believe I was a teacher because I was only 24 while others preferred teachers over 60 due to their ‘world experience’.
In Asia, I used to see a type of advert that went something like this:
English teacher wanted
Male below 25 from California
Come on! You might as well put something like this:
English teacher wanted
UCL male college English literature graduate who wants to ‘experience the world’, born between 2nd and 4th of 1987 in central California and who lives on Roosevelt avenue between the bakery and the hairdresser’s, who has a dog called Bob and parents called Anna and Jerry. His name is Johnny Smith but his girlfriend Sarah calls him John.
Come to think of it, why don’t they just go to California, kidnap the person they seem to know they want and then clone him?
My only conclusion is that for some countries the male 25 year old Californian English is the new RP.
Is EFL only for young people?
Does a family suit an EFL job/career?
Why do some places only seek young men from California?