Since I can remember all I’ve ever wanted to be is a writer. Naturally that turned into becoming a journalist – what better job could there be than getting paid to find out interesting stories and crazy secrets?! My curiosity for everyone in the media; from sports personalities, to politicians, to celebrities to world leaders; I could finally see what they were all like behind closed doors and write about it.
The last five years have been fantastic, and working across lots of different media platforms and throughout magazines, TV and online has made me love the industry despite its downfalls. The chances of getting a job are low, and the quality of work has made way for quantity and speed a lot of the time recently but there’s still good to be seen in the industry of journalism as far as I’m concerned. The problem which I’ve found difficult to overcome has simply been that I want to settle in a country now where I don’t speak enough of the language to continue to work in this job full time.
With my relationship becoming more serious and my love for Germany growing there needed to be a compromise found in which I could both fulfil my career dreams and stay in the place and with the boy I wanted. So I started looking into teaching, a job I had tried in university and many of my friends had pursued after finding the downsides of journalism to be too overwhelming.
Teaching wasn’t something I had seriously considered before but now it seems to be an option that works for many reasons; offering flexibility so I can continue to write in a freelance capacity; providing a service that in Germany always has a great amount of work; continuing to be creative; and finding something that’s quite rewarding on a daily basis would be something I’d particularly enjoy.
After doing some research, it appeared that the course with the best reputation across the world is the Cambridge English teaching course, nicknamed the CELTA. It’s one month of intensive learning, and the only course which gives you in-class experience and is recognised in almost every English teaching school in the world.
I have never done anything like this before – my experience with teaching was mostly related to helping children learning gymnastics. The idea of standing in front of a group of adults and teaching them a whole new language terrifies me, but the idea of the CELTA course appears to be that you sink or swim. Perhaps I’ll hate it and then a new plan will need to be deciphered. Or I could love it and find it’s as great as journalism was for the last five years.
Oh and did I mention I’ll be living in provincial France for the month that the course takes place? I can almost smell the croissants now. It’ll be tough being away from my other half but I’m only 2 hours from our new home in Stuttgart so home trips on the weekend are a huge possibility.
Wish me luck on my dive into the deep end! xx