Does teaching English abroad look bad on a resume?

Hi Nima,

The answer to your question depends very much on where you are in your experience-building cycle. If you have already demonstrated your international acumen by doing a couple of internships abroad, and if you are finished your degree (preferably a master’s degree), then you should be looking for employment rather than teaching English. On the other hand, if you're still in the middle of your experience-building stage, or if you are launching your international career and using teaching English as a stepping stone to other careers (e.g. teaching English at a law school abroad, or with a human rights umbrella organization abroad), then teaching English abroad is a good choice. You are still under the age of 27, so from my perspective you still have time for one more wonderful experience abroad. When you are over 28, you should really begin thinking about a career path.

If you are looking for inspiration on what types of job may interest you, consult Resources for the International Job Search (for registered users).

All the best,

Full question: 

I have been reading MyWorldAbroad on and off for a few years, and following the MyWorldBlog since it started. I've found it to be inspiring and useful. I would like your opinion about teaching English in Asia. I have done several internships abroad that have all been (more or less) related to law and human rights. I have heard that in terms of seeking future employment and continuing on my career path, an experience teaching English abroad could have a negative impact and that some employers might see it as a way of “running away from your life.” Do you believe this to be the case, or do you think it would be perceived as a demonstration of interest in different cultures and languages? 

-Nima, 25, Montreal, QC