Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"When are you going back to Korea?"

That is the question people have been asking me for the past 3 1/2 months. And for the past 3 1/2 months my answer has usually been, "soon."

Most people who I talk to on a regular basis and know nothing about teaching English there probably now think getting a job in Korea is really difficult. Finding just any job is easy. Finding a good job can be difficult. Or if you are like me it can be really difficult if you are both very picky about the job and don't put much effort into finding one.

So the reason I am still here is I just haven't tried very hard to find a job. I'm trying, but what I mean is, I think for as picky about jobs as I have been I have not been trying hard enough. If I had lower standards, I could have had a job by now, I have turned down several job offers for various reasons. I don't mean low standards, just lower.

Some people may be interested to know salary was not one of the things I was being so picky about. Most schools have offered about the same pay. The biggest things I was looking at were location, location, location, working hours, and the age group I would teach.

But now it's August and I am really starting to feel restless about getting back. So I have to relax my standards a little and start putting more effort in to the job hunt.

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