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What’s Next?

by Daley

Okay, I’ve already messed up on this “at least one post a week” thing…so there’s that.

I thought I would update you all on my plans for this upcoming year!

I’ve been living in Bordeaux since September 2016 and I’ve bounced around a bit about what I want to do career-wise.

Part of this had to do with me not being sure which country I would live in later on in life, but now it’s quite clear that I will be living in France indefinitely.

Living in France has a tremendous amount of advantages for me, but to be completely honest it definitely limits my career options, something that has bummed me out every now and then.

I have a little bit too big of an imagination and I can envision myself working in so many different fields and while I’ve improved my French tremendously since moving to Bordeaux, but I’m still not fluent and not comfortable enough to use French in a professional setting.

At first, being an English teacher felt a little bit like a fallback plan. But, for the past several months I’ve been quite certain about my choice to be an English teacher (or maybe professor) in France.

I really like being in academic settings and I especially like working with high school aged (and older) students. I feel happy to get up in the morning and go to a high school, talk to students and learn about their lives and spend time with my colleagues. I come back home feeling good about myself. And while I know this is not the case for actual English teachers in France every single day and of course there are bad days like with any job, I can really see myself being a teacher here (at least at the high school/university level!…I could not work with a younger age group).

When I did have a not so great job as an English teacher for younger children, I really started to fall out of love with teaching. There were so many problems with the students and the administration and I would come home everyday exhausted, thinking that I needed to look into another career field.

Needless to say, I’ve fallen back in love with teaching and I am incredibly thankful I was able to be an English Assistant again this year. I got placed at such a wonderful school with a really wonderful staff.

The school I’m working at is really different from the lycée I was at last year. The kids here aren’t as privileged and there are definitely more behavior issues. But me still being so in love with it has really solidified my decision to become an English teacher in France at the high school level or maybe university level (each track has different education requirements).

In order to get the ball rolling for either option, I need to go back to school and get my Master’s Degree, which I am so excited about.

I’m getting everything in order to apply for a Master’s program that will start this upcoming September and I’ll keep you updated as I go through the application process and what not.

The process is completely different than how university/grad school apps work in the U.S., so this should be interesting!

For now, the latest development is that I’ve registered to take the TCF (test de connaissance du français) which I need to at least get 500 points on (C1 level) to qualify for the Master’s program I’m applying to.

I take the test on February 12…crossing my fingers I do well!

Talk to you soon.

Bisous,

Daley

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