Teaching in Asia Vol. 1

Posted: August 28, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I don’t believe in “things happen for a reason” or any of that mystical bullsh*t anymore. Truthfully, I look to be gainfully employed and doing something that I find rewarding in some way. Recently while job hunting/deciding on a program of study for a graduate degree, I stumbled across a website called Dave’s ESL Cafe. ESL, or English as a Secondary Language is my latest roll of life’s dice to see where I land. I majored in journalism and quite frankly burned out fairly quick after over five years of broil and toil. I tried the small daily newspaper and the large metro New York Times affiliate. I enjoy writing, but the smaller dailies don’t pay enough and the larger metros pay decent, but don’t allow for any rocking of the boat creatively. So after assessing two things I enjoy most, traveling and manipulating the English language, I decided to try teaching English. First, I thought to get a Master’s Degree in English from my Alma Mater, the University of Alabama. But what do you do with an English degree, except teach? So I looked at Education and thought, no way do I want to be saddled raising children in underfunded public schools in my hometown. I did a search for english jobs on the university website and discovered the aforementioned, basically an ESL blog. And I was amazed to see, hundreds of teach in China, teach in Pakistan, teach in Spain, teach in Korea ads. I had been approached several years ago to become a teacher, but had been set on becoming a journalist at a major newspaper. I didn’t realize that these types of positions exist. After browsing some of the forums located on the site, I found Korea to be one of the countries with a reputable influx of foreigners looking to see the world and teach young people. When I began, I had no idea this would become a viable option for my future. I found this website about seventeen days ago and have sent out over twenty applications, registered on several Teaching English as a Foreign Language job sites and spoken with teachers, recruiters and school administrators. So I guess, this may be something I want to pursue.


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