When you have completed your Language Assistant placement, you will have a wealth of experience to help you build a career.
Perhaps your assistantship inspired a passion for teaching, or created a desire to do further work abroad. Beyond the obvious teaching experience, your placement will have given you many transferable skills to help you, whatever career path you choose.
Your English Language Assistant programme experience doesn’t need to stop with the end of your placement. You can become a Language Assistant Ambassador and help the next group of assistants get the most from their experience.
Employment and further study opportunities
If you want to pursue teaching as a career, you may wish to do a PGCE (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), or a PGDE (Scotland).
Alternatively, the British Council’s Study, Work, Create programme provides 16-25 year olds with an extensive list of opportunities for employment and further study, both in the UK and internationally.
English Language Assistant Ambassadors
This programme gives you the chance to share your experiences and promote the benefits of being an English Language Assistant. Those who have returned from a placement and have one year left at university are eligible to become a Language Assistant Ambassador.
As a Language Assistant Ambassador, you would:
- give talks at your university for potential Language Assistants
- promote the programme through Q&A sessions, distributing printed materials and using social media
- attend careers fairs to tell students about the programme
- link up with Language Assistants from other countries who have come to work in the UK
- get involved in university language clubs.
An induction day for new Language Assistant Ambassadors is held each September to provide guidance on the programme and information on other roles you may be interested in within the British Council. Assistants are contacted about the opportunity when they are sent their end of year questionnaire.