9th July 2014
This is the day that I decided to give up on making a living in the UK.
For years I’ve been a struggling writer wading through corporate jobs and lack of literary success. If you want you can read about that in my old blog (no longer updated):
In October 2012 I took off on a 5 month tour of India and Asia, including China. If you want you can read about that too, in the travel blog I shared with Lisa Cooper (no longer updated):
It was these travels that gave me something more to love about the world. I owe credit for this endeavor in no small part to the ex-pats I met out there, especially in China, who showed me what was possible if I had an interest in it.
Since I returned to the UK last year I’ve taken a sequence of crappy office jobs. Agencies and employers are surprised to find that I have two degrees. They wonder why I’m settling for twelve grand as a typist or temporary receptionist. They wonder why, if I have qualifications in writing and a published novel, I’m taking two week assignments with a temping agency instead of “being the next J K Rowling”. It’s difficult for people to understand just how screwed up the job market is at the moment (let alone the publishing industry). To these people, I smile patiently but have no answer for them.
I’ve long considered teaching English, ever since I undertook my BA at Bretton Hall University in Yorkshire. Unfortunately attempts to pursue this recently were less than successful, in part thanks to Education Secretary Michael Gove’s grand efforts to screw the curriculum and throttle the training of new teachers, especially in English. I was told a few months ago that last year there were over 50 funded training slots for new teachers in the current scheme. This year there was about 15.
The idea of teaching English as a second language abroad is one I’ve been playing with for 18 months now.
Today I applied for a place on an intensive 4-week CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course at the University of Sheffield.
After that: the world!