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"As a student of the University of Limerick in Ireland, a period of cooperative education/work placement forms an integral part of my degree. Being also a student of Spanish I intend to spend this coming semester, commencing in February/ March 2001, teaching English in Spain. Although, I can opt to have my University arrange a placement for me, this option restricts the level of personal choice allowed. I have recently completed a short introductory course in TEFL, which was hosted by my home University, however I can't help wondering if this will be enough to secure a reasonably good position should I choose to find my own. Even though I am open to suggestions, of all destinations in Spain, Seville springs to mind. If you could point me in the right direction at all it would be greatly appreciated. My degree is that of BA European Studies, namely law, history, Spanish, and German, and I am also taking Japanese as part of the Business degree."
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I am in a quandary as to whether to stay within a large TEFL organisation and hope for promotion in time or whether to go for a job with Director of Studies responsibility in a small, relatively little known school. What would you advise ?

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It rather depends on your own priorities and needs. Either way, it sounds like you want to stay within the profession for some years to come. While the DOS job may immediately give you more in the way of salary and a change of job content plus a challenge, the larger organisation may provide in-house professional development with greater career opportunities in the long run. I would suggest that you ask your line manager what, if any, development opportunities they can provide and what future prospects for promotion might exist. Only then, can you make an informed decision as to what is best for you at the moment.




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