After watching far too many episodes of Sherlock I began to imagine what the life of a ‘consulting detective’ would be like. Then I wondered if the same idea was possible for my field. Would anyone be interested in a ‘consulting ELT detective’? I also pondered on what it would entail. there was quite a lot of pondering actually. And so whilst applying for jobs and interviews I mentioned that I was available as a freelance ELT detective/trouble-shooter/consultant. Firstly, just for fun and a challenge but then it seemed that many places actually needed such a person.
A friend just paid a hefty sum to an international consultancy firm to produce a report on their company complete with cost-saving ideas. Shouldn’t we have the same for ELT?
I admit I am not the most qualified or experienced person for such a job but in my defence I do have enough to contribute something. I also like to learn and in this industry the best way is often by getting your hands dirty so this seems like a perfect developmental opportunity too.
Thus far I have ‘consulted’ or ‘advised’ or ‘given suggestions’ to a couple of places. Some more serious than others. Whether this line of work turns into something I don’t know but the idea, willingness and possibilities are there.
I probably need a hat and a dog though and if things go well I may also be on the look out for an assistant. Watch this space.