Ideally yes. I doubt too many would have taught English in their home country.
The “used to do something else” or “now do something else” helps to categorize those who originally came here to teach English and have transitioned to something else or those who came here doing something else and have transitioned to teaching English.
This is just a guess, but it seems to me that if people come here for an actual or intended non-english teaching job, then the longer they stay the more likely they’ll get involved with the english industry at some point.
Not so sure i would agree with this, haver been here for 5 years, never been involved with the teaching side of things and no intention of ever doing so. closest i get is that some of my friends do teach.
I’ve talked to a few people that have turned to teaching when they got laid off or were ‘in between’ jobs.
If this place was my long term home and I lost my job or quit, and needed some $$ for a while, I wouldn’t be able to work in McDs, Wait tables or Pump Gas as easily as at home…I think I’d be crazy to not go teaching until I got another job.
I agree. I would never want to teach full-time or do it as my main job, but I thoroughly enjoy teaching university classes for four hours a week in the evenings. I feel that it keeps my public speaking skills honed, and more importantly, I love watching the
For the most part I see it as the opposite. As the time spent here increases I believe many foreigners transition from teaching to non-English teaching jobs. If you were to poll people who lived here long term & short term separately I would expect to see a noticeable difference.
I teach English
There are those that come here specifically to teach English, are passionate about the job and will continue to teach in their chosen career as long as they can.
There are those that come here to teach English temporarily, either backpacking around the world, taking a year off, earn a little cash, interested in the culture, etc. just passing through on their journey of life. Less passionate about teaching, more about partying.
I used to teach English, now I do something else
There are those that come here, the longer they stay the more settled they become, the more opportunities they see and a percentage transition to a non-English teaching job.
I used to do something else, now I teach English
There are those that come here with family or to study, ‘fall’ into teaching as a relatively easy well paying job.
There are those that come here with a non-English teaching job, the contract finishes or they part ways and ‘fall’ into teaching English as a stopgap. This stopgap leads to getting in a rut or becoming passionate about teaching and it becomes a long term career.
I have never taught English
There are those that have never taught English, do not plan to teach English.