China? For Real?
I know this blog seems to be turning into a personal journal of sorts, and I promise it won’t stay that way. However, I thought you all might be interested in a recent development of mine, and because I’m still overwhelmed at the thought, I figured I should post and let you know of my current predicament.
I’ve been applying for jobs (like the rest of the unemployed population) left and right. I mostly use connections through my university employment website. It’s convenient and lets me upload as many different resumes as I like. I can log in and submit my applications right there, so I do that frequently enough.
That’s how I got the interview for Target that I managed to not get a second interview for. It’s okay, though, because I’m not sure I really want to work retail for more than a year. The experience is good, and I know more of how it feels to be treated poorly by customers (though most of ours are pretty nice or at the worst, indifferent). I think it’s good experience in making me a nicer person.
So then I got the interview with Amazon. That would, of course, be the book lover’s dream job, even if I would be an area manager in an operations unit. I haven’t heard back from them concerning the results of my phone interview yet, so I’m not sure how well it went over.
Finally, I did something a little spontaneous. I started applying for ESL jobs. Teaching English as a second language isn’t something that’s ever really interested me before, but I thought it would give me an opportunity to go somewhere new, and as the university site had several listings for openings, I figured I’d give it a try.
I submitted a resume to several different agencies. There are a ton of them out there, and for all intents and purposes, the agents get paid by the schools as opposed to by the teachers or by taking a bit off the top of teacher salaries, so it’s in their best interests to place teachers or risk losing their pay. In any event, most of the jobs I saw concerned teaching ESL in various Asian locales.
I admit, I like learning about Asian cultures. I’m not a fanatic by any means, but I do have my vices. I read manga and watch anime and Asian dramas. I have a particular penchant for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean pop music, and I enjoy eating at Asian restaurants.
Unlike a number of my friends, however, I’ve never studied an Asian language. I’ve never been to an Asian country either for missions work or for study abroad programs. I really never dreamed of actually going to an Asian country except as an addition to my already planned dreams of going across Europe.
So this isn’t exactly something I’ve been planning for years.
However, me being me, I thought it would be fun to try for something new before I have to settle into a typical salary position forever. Or for a while anyway. And since I’ve always wanted to travel the idea of making money while being abroad is definitely not a bad one.
Well, I applied to one company representing positions in South Korea. It sounds pretty cool, actually. From my research, the typical ESL teaching teacher can save around $15,000 per year while working in South Korea. I think that would be pretty fantastic, personally.
The company I contacted immediately put my resume out with a school that’s looking for hire teachers for a May 10 start date. That’s ridiculously fast, and I’m not sure I’d be ready to leave that soon even if I were certain about this job. Not only that, but it’s for a primary school teaching position where I’d be working from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
I haven’t heard anything recently about that position. I’m not sure I’d be too upset if I didn’t get it, though.
Then there’s another position I applied for, the one I’m really thinking about and considering. I got an email from my school notifying me another position had opened up in their system. It was for a university in China teaching English to undergrads. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? I sent off my resume, not thinking much of it.
I got a response asking me to reply to the attached questionnaire. It took me about a week to actually sit down and respond, really poor response time for a normal position, I know. And I figured I wouldn’t hear anything back for a while once again.
I got the second response within a few days. They offered me a position as a teacher in their university. I would start September 1 and could be teaching either standard English courses or something as closely related to my major as business classes in English.
Not only that, but I’d have the standard amenities afforded an ESL teacher. They provide teachers with apartments that are fully furnished to include even telephones, computers, and Western style toilets (an important commodity, to be sure). I’d have my own kitchen and washing machine as well, so I wouldn’t be without necessities. I’d also have a monthly salary that, from what I’ve heard, would be more than sufficient for surviving in China.
So that’s where I am right now. I’m leaning towards taking the job at the moment. There are a lot of things to consider, and I’ve been doing a lot of research, but they respectfully requested that I give them a response by Monday, and I’m trying to make my decision to comply with that request.
Any thoughts? Got any crazy plans of your own? Let me know!