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My Future as an MFA gradute [Nov. 24th, 2008|12:20 am]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls


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I've been looking into my future.

Three possibilities: Apply for fellowships, apply for random adjunct creative writing teaching positions (what are my odds with no publications?), apply to teach English in a foreign country (preferably somewhere tropical like coastal Colombia for example, do I need to know the language spoken in the country I teach in?).

I have loads of questions concerning all of these possibilities. Do any of you know anything about these? Have any of you had experience dealing with any of these? I'd be grateful for any advice.

Those of you who already have your MFA--what did you do once you graduated?

Thanks guys.

[User Picture]From: franklymydear
2008-11-25 03:57 am (UTC)
I taught English in Japan for a year after I graduated (with a creative writing BA)! I went with one of those private chain-school companies, and only needed to have a bachelor's degree and a birth certificate, basically. But I wish I had done a CELTA or some kind of ESL teacher training course beforehand, because the company was too corporate and McDonald's English for my personality and I felt as if I was pretty much going in cold. Were I doing it differently, I would have tried to be a JET (teaching in the public school system) or a smaller program, but you pretty much need some certification to get in a good one, I found anyway.

But it was an awesome experience, got to travel a lot, got paid a comfortable salary for someone who doesn't have expensive tastes or massive debt, and definitely wouldn't trade it.

Also, most people who are teaching English in Southeast Asia never pick up the native language and don't have huge difficulties because of it, though it can make things awkward making travel arrangements and trying to experience the country instead of just the expat culture.
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[User Picture]From: no_no_
2008-11-25 08:06 am (UTC)
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From: sixcylinders
2008-11-25 02:45 pm (UTC)
you pretty much need some certification to get in a good one

I've known two people who taught with JET, and neither had certification of any kind.
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