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August 30, 2013

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Recent college grads: teach English abroad

udemy-logo.jpgA press release issued today by ELT Online, a new startup which offers a course on the Udemy platform aimed at young graduates thinking of heading overseas to teach English.

Recent college graduates face a job market that has become saturated due to older workers waiting longer than ever to retire, and the remaining jobs have long been snatched up by past grads. Many exit university with the hopes of securing employment that is both fulfilling and affords them to pay off student loans. “Every student exits college at the beginning of May full of hope and eager to start working,” Brandon Wade, founder of SeekingArrangement.com, told The Washington Examiner. “By June, graduates who have yet to land a job in their desired fields have very few options open to them: settle for less pay than they deserve or settle for a job they don’t want.”

This lack of employment opportunities has caused several grads to look at other countries in order to make ends meet. English teachers in Asia can expect to make similar salaries to entry-level jobs in the U.S. ($25,000 to $30,000 annually), and they are often provided with government-subsidized health care and retirement benefits; things becoming ever-more elusive in many jobs back home. It also doesn't matter if college grads majored in education or not--most Asian countries require only a four-year degree in any discipline to process teaching visas.

Read the full press release from PR Web.

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