British grads head abroad in face of tough job market

by Alister POOLE on November 8, 2010

As more British graduates have a hard time finding work in their field, students completing their university courses are heading abroad.

According to the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, the number of post-graduates heading overseas to teach English rose by 8.9 per cent. Thousands of newly graduated college students have left home to find employment opportunities in China, South Korea and Thailand.

Leigh Salsbury, 23, finished her university course in English Literature at Brunel University. She said because of the economy it was nearly impossible to find work in her field, even despite companies providing graduate schemes.

As the job market in the UK becomes increasingly treacherous to navigate, popular TEFL course providers like i-to-i have seen a surge in demand for training. “Teaching overseas is a great opportunity to travel, make lifelong friends and do something that can really change a child’s life, no matter whether it’s a Korean student or an African orphan,” she explains.

“Being a TEFL teacher is a rewarding job and something I never thought I would be so passionate about,” said Rachel Marriott, a 23-year old graduate from York St John University.

Publishing a free e-book to help new TEFL trainees navigate life abroad, i-to-i reported that the book is aimed at the growing demand for English as foreign language training. Just last year, the TEFL provider saw a rise of five per cent in applicants for its programme.

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