Posted 24 August 2010 - 07:21 AM
People often ask me this question and I always say go for it, you'll never know until you try it. As a teacher you should earn enough to get by if you share a flat, but you won't have a lot spare for travelling at first. You are likely to earn about 2000TL at the start, with two or three reliable private students that you will find in time you can earn another 1000TL a month, which will leave you with some spare to enjoy yourself. There are three types of job, language school, private primary or high school, university prep school. In a language school you are likely to find colleagues and students you can have a lot of fun with, but you will need to be very patient with the management, usually a small businessman who tends to make eccentric, irrational or autocratic decisions. There are a few well-managed language schools in Istanbul but it is difficult to get a job in those places. The kids private schools provide reliable pay but the students are often extremely badly behaved, some colleagues will not be supportive and the management is likely to be unfriendly. You will need a thick skin to work in these places, but with hard work, patience and imagination it can be done. The university prep school is the best situation, and of course the hardest to get in to. The good ones recruit in the spring and early summer, you are too late for this year, although the less desirable may still have vacancies. The students at the university prep schools will be similar to the ones at the private schools but a bit older, although not necessarily any more mature. Pay, management and colleagues are similar to private schools too.Daves esl cafe will give you a pretty good impression of the situation, there are some very helpful comments there and a lot of silly ones.You may be able to use a teaching job as a springboard into jobs that use the other skills you have. If you don't like it, you will have gained valuable experience that should benefit your career back home as a librarian. Oh, and knowing Persian will help you a lot with a whole range of Turkish vocabulary, and you should be able to pick up Turkish a lot quicker than those of us who only know European languages.So I say good luck and go for it.