Think of us as a knowledgeable, friendly professional who can help you with advice and suggestions; someone you can turn to when you’d like a second opinion; someone who has many, many years experience in the TEFL industry and who is there to help you.
Once you register for an ICAL course you are part of WorkSmart.
It is 100% free to all ICAL students while they are taking the course and then for 12 months following their graduation from ICAL.
ICAL WorkSmart helps you when you’re looking for work:
ICAL WorkSmart helps you when you are offered a job:
ICAL WorkSmart helps you after you’ve started work:
And much more!
If you are an ICAL student currently taking the course then you are already part of ICAL WorkSmart and there’s no need to do anything else. You can already ask us for advice, get suggestions from us and run ideas past us.
Every teacher is different and every teacher uses ICAL WorkSmart in a different way. Here are a few examples of what we have done to help teachers find work and make the most of it.
What is important to remember is that ICAL WorkSmart works for you: you may not need some help in certain areas, but you might in others. Whatever you need, however, we are here to offer advice and help you.
Your CV/Resume and Cover Letter are crucial in finding work. We will take a look at these and help you format and present them in the best possible light for prospective employers. We’ll work with you in this so that they really reflect you and your personality to show people who you really are.
We will also advise you on presentation techniques that will help you make a lasting impression on potential employers.
Often getting a teaching position abroad involves getting some sort of work permit or visa. Visa types in particular can be many, and they vary from country to country. We will advise you on which one is best suited to your particular situation and the best way to go about obtaining it.
The world is a big place and there are TEFL teachers everywhere! We have worked with teachers looking for work across the globe. One recent teacher was heavily into rock climbing; in the end he found work just an hour from a national park in southern Europe where he climbs each weekend. Another teacher was nervous about her first time overseas so we advised her to head for a friendly town where we knew there was a thriving community of foreign teachers for her to meet. She's now loving life there!
Unfortunately they exist.
On several occasions we’ve had teachers send us job offers which we’ve identified immediately as scams. They followed our advice, deleted them and saved themselves a lot of heartache as well as financial loss!
Being a new teacher isn’t always easy.
We’ve had several teachers who have found themselves facing disruptive students in their class. In cases like these sometimes it’s nice just to have someone to talk to about the situation but practical advice is helpful too and we’ve worked with those teachers in finding effective ways of dealing with troublesome students.
A recent situation one of our teachers faced was dealing with a class who just wouldn’t respond to her teaching. They would sit and watch and barely do a thing for the entire lesson. We helped this teacher adjust her style and prepare more stimulating lesson plans and in the end together we helped her get the class talking and involved.
Culture shock happens to teachers when they move overseas. We’ve helped several teachers with practical advice on finding new friends and dealing with being in a new country and environment.
And sometimes it’s just a matter of knowing you aren’t alone. ICAL WorkSmart means that there’s always someone you can turn to if you need advice or want to get something off your chest!