Can you help out and offer some advice to this teacher?
I have been in Thailand for many years and I used to teach without a degree. Over the years I worked in a variety of schools and universities. I now find myself about to finish a postgraduate degree in education but the path ahead is far from clear.
Postbox letter from Aaron
For those considering upgrading their qualifications, while it is true that it is no guarantee of a massive upgrade there are jobs to be had.
Postbox letter from Steve
Teaching in Thailand is a joke. Most of the things pulling you here can be found in other South East Asian countries.
Postbox letter from John
Many teachers have neither been licensed nor given the opportunity to write the exam. Has anyone been held accountable for destroying the lives of dozens of teachers?
An overview of different types of institute in Thailand and the students who go to them
At the highest echelon are the international schools. Internationals are nearly always based on the British or American curricula, and employ career teachers.
Postbox letter from Martin
To keep teachers longer will be hard. The demand of good teachers is high and many native English teachers will go to international schools. Even good non-native speakers go to international schools. What is left are many teachers, but nowhere near enough to fill schools with middle-class children.
Postbox letter from David, Bangkok
Any suggestions welcome as to where the non BA jobs can be found.
What can you do about it if you feel you're stuck in a 'teaching rut'?
So many people complain about conditions, wages and opportunities but do nothing to address these things. Some TEFL teachers seem to think this isn’t an industry or a “real” job so other aspects such as annual reviews and training aren’t relevant.
Postbox letter from Mark N.
Thai employers simply don't care about your bits of paper - except for the one that says you have a bona fide degree.
Postbox letter from Martin Foot
I'm not really sure how much a highly professional teacher can help in your average Thai school. Even as a hypothetical it doesn't seem to be in any way plausible.