I don't know what to do. After completing a CELTA, I started out as your standard TEFLer in a government school. I realised after a while (probably too long a while) that I wouldn't get much out of it in the long run. I have since been working in an international school doing much the same thing as I did in the government school, but as I am no longer an English teacher (there are qualified teachers for that), I don't get to do much that I find particularly fulfilling, instead doing the usual present perfect-type stuff. As a local hire, and also not being a qualified teacher, I earn a salary which may be quite good for TEFL, but derisory for the qualified teachers there. The main reason I continue is for the education my kid receives, which has a monetary amount per year of more than what I earned as a TEFLer, let alone what I would have been able to pay. Essentially, my problem is that I don't know what I can do to get myself to a higher level of salary. I know, no one got into teaching to get rich; however, it is important to have a salary you can plan for the future with. TEFL does not give this in Thailand ('legally' at the very least); my job now doesn't quite, either. So, I don't know what to do next. I have finished a PGCE(i), which, though I received a distinction, I found quite emotionally taxing and expensive. I knew going in that the PGCE(i) would not attract QTS etc.; however, having now seen that it probably won't get me anything in terms of more money at all, in any position, I am (hopefully understandably) extremely nervous about doing any further courses which would cost a lot of money and provide little return on investment. There are a few options, all of them huge gambles which could easily ruin me. The first two options would wipe out my savings; the first three options would entail me not seeing my wife or my kid for quite some time, and would probably mean quitting my present job, therefore stopping my kid's education (unless I pay a huge amount for it myself; sorry, but what I have seen of the quality of Thai education is not an option for my kid, though I realise other posters may strongly disagree). Options: - Get a Masters. This wouldn't help in a international school (at least in terms of salary). My wife feels I would be a good fit for a Thai university/academic position (and she has quite a lot of experience in the area, though I do think she is overstating whatever qualities these may be), and a Masters could get me there. However, there can't be that many positions (in TEFL or similar) available, even in the world, let alone Thailand, and certainly none in Thailand which would pay a whole lot more than I earn now (and which probably wouldn't allow me to provide a good education for my kid). Even so, how to get one? An online Masters might not be seen in a good light (as was discussed by other posters in another post); a Thai Masters might not be easily transferable to respectable employment outside Thailand, rightly or wrongly; a Masters done in the UK will be extremely expensive, as I would be paying the foreign student rate, having lived away for so long. - Get a PGCE. I would have to pay the foreign student rate again; it seems to be very difficult to start if you don't live in the UK (with an address and schools in your location you can apply to); it can only be done in the UK, so I would have to leave my wife and my kid; most say that you need to have home country experience as well (to be taken seriously as a qualified teacher), so it wouldn't just be the 1 year, but an extra 1-2 years on top, after which my kid wouldn't recognise me. Additionally, it might be hard to be (presumably) an old(er) guy on a course with mostly young people; aside from English, I don't know any subject I could feasibly teach, so I would not attract any bursaries etc. -Go to a country which pays more. I have often considered the Middle East. However, again, this would be alone, so, again, I would be a crappy dad. Additionally, another poster suggested that they are only looking for people with Masters now anyway, so I would have to invest again. -I have heard of the possibility of getting QTS or similar through assessment, done in Thailand. This may be less cripplingly expensive (possibly), but might not result in better salary either, especially if I have to explain/defend the reasoning for this method to potential employers. - Keep doing what I am doing until I get severely burnt out or start to look too old, then get quietly let go; live in relative poverty for the rest of my life (no, I am not being dramatic; this is a real concern and keeps me up at nights). Sorry if I sound annoying. However, it is difficult to gamble with what little money you have, especially when most options also result in less time with your child at an important age. Apologies if I have overlooked anything. Which is the best option? Are there other options?