Like many of you I’m sure, I can’t wait for next week’s IATEFL 2013 conference!
It’s great to see everyone of course, but this year I’m also very much looking forward to delivering my session, because it’s something I feel very strongly about: career development in ELT.
I feel strongly about this topic because I see so many teachers who would like to branch out within ELT into new roles, who have the talent and energy to do so, but aren’t sure exactly how. The result is that the ELT profession as a whole loses out on a tremendous amount of talent and innovation at exactly the moment when, as a profession, we need it most.
The great thing is that it’s never been easier for teachers to move into new roles such as materials design, consulting,research, school ownership, authoring and self-publishing. Why? Because the technology that is available to us today opens up opportunities that just were not there 10 years ago.
So my talk is about how to do this. We’ll look at a practical, 6-step framework that you can use for career development in ELT and reach your personal, professional and financial goals. Here’s an overvew:
- + The ethos of the new web and what it means for your career
- + The essential skill set of our technology environment, and how to use it
- + Defining the best career direction
- + Building your “platform” as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur
- + The essential technology tool kit
- + Building your community
We’ll also look at case studies of teachers who have successfully moved into new roles, and see what worked (and what didn’t).
So please consider coming: Thursday 14:00 (session 3.3, hall 4b).