Something I’ve wondered for while is what EFL teachers do when they retire. And my conclusion has pretty much always been that they don’t, or can’t.
At the grand old age of 28, I feel like I’ll never be able to retire for at least three reasons:
- the government keeps pushing the retirement age higher and higher, and I think it’ll be abolished long before I ever reach 65…70…75…
- short of writing a series of bestselling coursebooks or methodology books à la Messrs Harmer and Thornbury, the ELT profession will never pay me enough money to be able to afford to retire
- I am a workaholic (No! Really?) and my job is a huge part of who I am. My grandad is still working (by choice) at the age of 77 in a profession he loves, and I would love to be in that position.
I realise that this may change, but they do say you should start thinking about your retirement plans early. In 10 years of working, I have only had two which could contribute to my UK state pension, if indeed I’m living in the UK when/if I retire. I certainly can’t afford to put money into a private pension plan, and I wouldn’t trust it to still exist in 50 years even if I could.
I also know that retirement is not really a part of most EFL teachers’ mindsets. But maybe we should be talking about it. What do you think?