Throughout my career corporate training has seemed to be the pinnacle of ELT where only the cream of the cream work. From the outside I’ve always thought of it as this:
I always thought that these corporate trainers jetsetted round the globe delivering important ‘training sessions’ followed by playing a round of golf and drinking champer’s on their client’s oceanliner.
I dreamed of getting hired or adopted by a multimillionaire who would whisk me off the Hong Kong at a second’s notice to help him with a crossword puzzle or to order his breakfast.
Well, my first experience was teaching in a corporate department so I expected serious executives and that’s what I got. Serious bosses and students, or so it seemed. student 1 had a 150 page booklet about bridges he wanted to talk about for 3 weeks but student 2 didn’t want to talk ‘shop’, oh no, he wanted to talk ‘British culture’ and the classics ie Benny Hill and Python. He had refined taste. So, not quite the image I had before but both were eager and hardworking.
Thus, I then went back to teaching groups of younger learners but every so often got business people in my BE classes. Later on, I did the ‘in-house training’ scenario and even taught top managers online and in person. This was a different kettle of fish. They were busy, very busy so would cancel, change and alter lesson times where they needed. I mean it’s not their priority is it? With all these students/clients I really felt like we made progress and I hope they did too but….am I missing something??
Yes, it’s interesting, requires some business savvy but is it really the highest point in your ELT career? Is a corporate trainer better than a general English teacher? If so why is there no CELTA/DELTA for that specific area? Do these teachers/trainers really deliver amazing personalised lessons via PPT, videos and other wondrous tech? Do they really earn 60+ quid an hour even 100? Is it glamorous or do they really teach admin staff in a small office like this:
Is this more the reality than my Ferrari owners?
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