Hi, any advice for newbies still in the process of getting certified?

Hi Teach Away,

I am about to begin my online class through the International TEFL Academy and I was wondering if there was anything I could do to prepare from now? I am hoping to get a job right away after I am certified near the end of December. I also have to do a couple hours of practical training in order to complete my certification. Is there any way to prepare ahead of time in order to not suffer any long gaps or waiting periods?

Also, any advice on good countries to start up in if I'm a newbie teacher? I've tutored writing before but I have never taught English before. I'm super excited but understandably nervous too!