This is a true story of a Nigerian English teacher whose persistence gave him the job he really wanted. It teaches us a lesson to never give up on what we really want in life.
After completing the 120-hour, four-week, on-site TEFL Certification in New York, Musa returned to Nigeria. It was his goal to find employment in Saudi Arabia and then take his family over there. He applied to many schools in the KSA and faced plenty of rejections because he wasn’t considered to be a true, native English speaker. From the very beginning he knew that this was going to happen; however, he was determined to never give up. He contacted one school after the other—suddenly, one day a school responded favorably. They interviewed him and met him face to face in Nigeria. Musa signed the contract and started teaching in a vocational school in the second quarter of this year.
The school is impressive. Musa teaches with the most modern classroom equipment. His
students are prospective technicians of an oil field.
As his TEFL trainer in New York, I maintained steady contact with Musa. Today I learned that he had been hired by a university in Oman. He will teach in the English Department. The ad said, “Native English Speakers Only;” however, Musa ignored it and applied anyway. They interviewed him and gave him a contract and a work visa. Musa will move to Oman within a few weeks and be able to bring his wife and his children over there. His salary will be sufficient to support his family.
Here we have a Nigerian father of two who spent his last savings to come to New York to get his TEFL certification. It never occurred to him to believe he can just do it by reading a $45 book. Musa wanted the best training he could afford, and he almost got broke.
As so many of our graduates who work in prestigious schools and universities around the world, Musa is one example that you can achieve what you want if you are honest, hardworking, persistent and have good values. We are sharing the joy over the dream job he landed with him. To teach at a university is truly an outstanding achievement.