I’ve Just Completed My TEFL/TESOL Certification, Now What?

By Jennifer Collis
November 25, 2020

You’ve finished your TEFL/TESOL certification course – congratulations! Now you’re trained and qualified to teach English to speakers of other languages in locations around the world/or and online. But where should you go from here? Regardless of whether you earned your certification to qualify for teaching jobs, to freshen up your credentials, or to advance in your current career, we’ll point you in the right direction now that you’re officially TEFL/TESOL-certified.

1. First things first: Download your certificate.

You’ve worked hard to earn your new credentials – now you’re ready to claim and showcase them.

You’ll be able to access a digital version of your certificate at any time. Simply enter your unique certificate number on the Bridge certificate verification page or provide employers with this info so that they may do so. It’s also a good idea to download and save (as well as print out) a copy of your certificate for your records. You can order a hard copy version of your certificate, too, but not all employers require this, so if you’re a job seeker, it might be best to wait and see.

2. Next, be sure and claim your digital badge.

Digital badges for BridgeTEFL certification

Graduates of all Bridge online TEFL/TESOL courses also receive a digital badge when they complete their course. Backed by blockchain technology, digital badges are the latest way to provide employers with a more in-depth look at the TEFL/TESOL program you completed. They’ll be able to see the learning objectives you mastered, the specific skills you acquired, the course’s accreditation, and more with just a click.

Now that you’ve finished your course, you’ll receive an email from Bridge with instructions on how to claim your digital badge. Once you’ve accepted your badge, you’re free to share it wherever you like to highlight your accomplishments and market yourself as a teacher. Some examples of where to share your badge include:

3. Get involved in the Bridge community.

Next, we welcome you to join our global community of English teachers! Through our weekly newsletter, monthly News Digest, and Facebook Groups, you can interact with other Bridge alumni, including current online and classroom-based teachers.

Subscribe to the BridgeUniverse Newsletter

You’re probably already receiving the BridgeUniverse Newsletter (if not, use the form at the bottom of this article to subscribe), so be sure to check out this weekly publication for firsthand teacher interviews, teaching tips, free resources, and the latest TEFL/TESOL positions you can apply for.

You’ll also receive our recently launched monthly News Digest, which offers more in-depth articles on trends and developments in the global TEFL/TESOL industry.

Join Bridge Facebook Groups

Bridge has two active Facebook groups for current and future teachers. These are valuable (and fun!) forums where you can ask questions, share information, and network with other job seekers.

  • The Bridge TEFL/TESOL Jobs Facebook Group is a place to join in job-related discussions with Bridge students alumni, and teachers from around the globe. It’s also a place to learn about open positions with Bridge partner employers.
  • The Bridge Teaching English Online Facebook is not a job-search focused group, but rather a place for prospective or current online teachers to discuss online teaching methods and exchange ideas about the field.

4. Planning to teach abroad with your certificate? Prepare Now!

Colette, from Trinidad and Tobago, is currently teaching abroad in Japan.  

If your goal is to go abroad after the coronavirus crisis is under control, having your certification in-hand means you’re well on your way. These additional resources can help you take the next steps, including learning more about different teaching locations.

Bridge Country Guides

5. Ready to teach English online with your certificate? Get started!

Juicy Mae teaches English online from home in the Philippines. 

Maybe your goal in getting certified was to teach English online, or perhaps it will be a transitional job for you while we wait for the opportunity to teach English in the classroom. Either way, now is a great time to get started in the high-demand field of teaching English online.

Learn more about your options as an online English teacher, including teacher marketplaces: Should you teach online for a company or work for yourself?

6. Next steps for all TEFL/TESOL job seekers – connect and network.

For those of you who are ready to jump into job hunting with your completed TEFL/TESOL certificate, there are a few recommended next steps to kickstart your search.

Register on the Bridge Job Board and create a Teacher Portfolio

Registering on the Bridge Job Board is a quick first step that will unlock convenient features for job seekers, such as the ability to create a Teacher Portfolio.

Teacher Portfolios allow you to highlight your new Bridge certification. You can also add a headshot to your Teacher Portfolio, detail your educational background, describe relevant career history, and list skills that are related to the specific positions you’re interested in. Here’s an example:

Start applying to positions on the Job Board

Once you’ve created your Teacher Portfolio, you’re ready to conveniently share it with any TEFL/TESOL employer you find when browsing open positions on the Job Board.

BridgeTEFL Job Board on laptop and phone

Get job placement advice and assistance from the Bridge Career Advising Team

The Job Board isn’t the only resource for Bridge grads who are job seeking. We also encourage you to contact our Career Advising Team, who have experience teaching around the world and can support you in your TEFL/TESOL job search by:

  • Providing job advice specific to your location of interest, including online.
  • Reviewing your TEFL/TESOL resume and offering tips for interviewing.
  • Connecting you to opportunities that match your background via the Bridge Job Board and other resources.
  • Facilitating introductions within our extensive global network of schools and recruiters.
  • Offering insights for vetting employers.

Read more about the Bridge Career Advising Team and other job assistance resources. 

7. Continue learning with ESL professional development.

English teacher, Nasim, specializes in teaching exam prep. 

Career English language teachers are often lifelong learners themselves, and Bridge has an ever-growing portfolio of professional development courses to help facilitate that growth. Certified and experienced teachers looking to enhance their resumes and learn the latest ESL teaching methodology and skills can add Bridge Specialized Certificates and Micro-credentials to their existing credentials.

Bridge Specialized Certificates are 30-60-hour professional development trainings in high-demand areas. These courses are designed for teachers who would like to develop a teaching niche or improve their instructional methods in a certain area of TEFL/TESOL, such as Teaching Young Learners & Teens or Teaching English Online.

Bridge Micro-credentials are shorter professional development courses that teachers can start for free! They cover immediately applicable teaching topics and skills, like Teaching IELTS Exam Prep and Games & Activities for the Online Classroom.

Welcome to our global community of graduates! To meet other alumni, check out our Bridge Voices teacher interviews. Or, if you’re ready to connect with TEFL/TESOL jobs, browse positions on the Bridge Job Board.