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What is the possibility of getting a good job abroad if you have a Creative Writing degree?

I am an incoming freshman and wanted to major in creative writing and plan to teach in Europe. In Ireland to be specific. #teaching #teacher #professor #english #literature #historian #education-counselor #authors

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Tamasyn’s Answer

Hi Elysia,


I have a degree in exactly that and found to teach I needed to get a post graduate teaching dimploma too. Depending on your heritage working in Europe can be tricky at times. Ireland and Scotland have different hiring policies for teachers than the United Kingdom I believe, they do not need teachers as much as London for example as the teaching conditions in Ireland are actually very good comparatively. You can get a Working Visa but only under the age of 30 unless you have European or British parents or Grandparnets so keep that in mind. Most countries also like to teach their own literature so you could start reading Irish classics etc. however this all stands for the standard education system, there are other ways to teach too obviously, creative writing courses for adults etc. Hope this helps.

Tamasyn recommends the following next steps:

Research whether there are teacher shortages in Ireland
Research what qualifications teachers need to teach in Ireland
Start reading Irish classics
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Emma’s Answer

A girl after my own heart!


First and foremost, you need to make connections.


It's funny, I had a very good friend and roommate in college who lived in Ireland. I also had a writing professor native to the country. If I were you with those goals, I would have asked as many questions as possible. I would have gone through with the trip to Ireland my friend and I planned. I would have made sure to get to know my professor and talk with him on the best ways to make that goal a reality.


As everyone says, it's all about who you know. Look into study abroad programs at your school. Become acquainted with the country and your major well enough before graduation so that you can easily sell yourself to the job you are looking for. Start a blog or piece of work that shows you have some material already (companies want 2-3 years experience right out of college).


Having a goal is the first step; and being that it is a specific one, it's even better. Companies and interviewers want to see that you have found a particular niche and excel in it. I have had interviews for publications that I am more than capable of working for and tailoring my writing to, but they wanted to see the passion and material that proved I was devoted to that one topic. Having a broad knowledge and an open-mindedness to learn new things isn't always what people in the writing industry are looking for. You must be an expert.


Get involved in tutoring, too. Grow your resume and volunteer work as to incorporate the teaching aspect of your goal.


It isn't going to be easy but if you work hard and make sure to have a positive attitude, good things will come!

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