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I'm moving to China for a better job

Unlike most job seekers, it took only weeks for 27 year-old Tina Sawaya to find a teaching job. The catch: the job is in Shangai. It’s a move she’s eager to make since she currently juggles a teaching job and waiting tables to make ends meet. In China, I’ll be making about $2,000(US), the cost of living is about $300 a month, they provide me with health insurance which is huge right now also. Sawaya started teaching two years ago, something she always wanted to do. She had been working as an investment manager but when the economy soured and her work load grew without more pay, she switched careers. Now she finds herself in a profession scaled back by budgets cuts in cities and states across the US. Years ago, when I started thinking about teaching abroad, it was equal to the US, it was like, OK, I’m doing well in the US and I can do the same thing in China, now, it’s a better opportunity to go abroad. And she’s not alone: the company that hired Tina, “English First”, reports a 3% increase in applications. A similar recruiter, “Reach to Teach”, says it’s seeing more applicants in positions for China, Taiwan and South Korea. It’s difficult to say just how many American are seeking work overseas since there are no hard numbers. Anecdotally, some recruiting firms report seeing an increase in executives and managers looking east, particularly towards China. 1.32.

 

Staying or Moving on From a Bad Job Situation

There are times when people end up in situations where it’s a bad job, it’s a bad environment and you don’t know whether or not you should stay in it or you should move on to something else. The first thing I recommend is that you do a bit of analysis to try to objectify what’s going on and I like to use the old Ben Franklyn “cost and benefits” list and so what you do is maybe create two sheets, on one sheet you have two columns, it’s “staying in this job” and you’ve got all the good reasons for staying and the bad reasons for staying. And then on the other sheet, you have “move to something else”, and you’re listing the pros and the cons of moving on to a different job. That gives you an idea, an opportunity to look at the thing from a broader and a more objective perspective. The truth to the matter is that almost all of us we work in jobs where we don’t enjoy everything that we do, I mean I own my business, I’m in charge, and I don’t enjoy everything that I have to do in my job. So by building this list of the pros and the cons for the job that I’m in, it helps me to focus on what to be grateful for, to consciously think about the wonderful parts of the work that I do and it keeps me from being tripped up and preoccupied about those little things that might irritate me along the way. So you do that if you’re talking about a bad situation because there’s a legal question, because your reputation is going to be tainted in some way, and you’re convinced that this is going to be a bad mark on your career, then it probably is time for you to start looking for new opportunities. And don’t worry too much about that, you know the average person coming out of college today is going to have seven completely different careers during their working life span.