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whatevs



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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 10:41 pm    Post subject: Competition? Reply with quote

I always had a place in my heart for Taiwan, since my first boyfriend was from there. Well his parents were, and they were the sweetest people ever. Anyway I applied to a bunch of schools there. I have an MA, am certified to teach K-12 in my state, and have over 7 years experience teaching to little kids. I thought i would get a couple offers. But instead I didn't even get replies. Is there a lot of competition right now or is there like a hiring freeze going on?

P.S. Before you jump down my throat no I haven't been reading the boards lately. Just in case this has been discussed before many times recently!!! Working fulltime and taking care of a sick person in my family so I am stealing away precious moments to be on the computer. Just to put my question out there because I am dying to know. Sorry there is just so much stuff to read nowadays. If you can answer my question great, thank you.
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yamahuh



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far as I know there isn't a hiring freeze on - but many people will tell you that there is an abundance of competition for positions right now. I'm not personally sure that this is true; I've never had a problem finding positions but, then again, I am usually applying from 'in-country' so the prospective employers can actually meet me, instead of hiring sight-unseen.

Your qualifications certainly look good enough to secure you a decent job in a high school (instead of having to work the Buxibans) but they probably wouldn't be hiring until later in the summer.

Good luck.
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JZer



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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't believe they can ever fill the jobs in a public school that whatevs would be qualified for. Of course that is what happens when they want to pay a certified teacher 55,000-60,000NT a month.

Not to mention that some schools only want to offer 10 month contract. That means no paid summer vacation.
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yamahuh



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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, you're saying that she should be able to find work in a High School right?

Not being argumentative - just checking that I read it right.
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JZer



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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, if she is a licensed teacher in the US.

Most licensed teachers go to countries that pay more.
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yamahuh



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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed
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JZer



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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the poster is serious about teaching there is a good chance that she will not enjoy working in Taiwan.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't enjoy working anywhere, no matter the country. I believe a vast majority of people also don't enjoy working, period.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love working and exercise. I hate watching television.
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JZer



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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

creztor wrote:
I don't enjoy working anywhere, no matter the country. I believe a vast majority of people also don't enjoy working, period.


That is relatively speaking as opposed to teaching students in other countries.
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whatevs



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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JZer wrote:
If the poster is serious about teaching there is a good chance that she will not enjoy working in Taiwan.


Hmm this is all very foreboding. Taiwan has officially lost its luster for me. Also is it true that if you work in Taiwan it can make it hard to work in China later
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yamahuh



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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

whatevs wrote:


Taiwan has officially lost its luster for me.


Wow - that didn't take much. One poster posts a mildly negative opinion and you're 'off' Taiwan? But you're considering China? Rolling Eyes

Overall the teaching situation is certainly no better there and you will, on average, make about half of what you make in Taiwan for just a little less work.
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JZer



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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yamahuh wrote:
whatevs wrote:


Taiwan has officially lost its luster for me.


Wow - that didn't take much. One poster posts a mildly negative opinion and you're 'off' Taiwan? But you're considering China? Rolling Eyes

Overall the teaching situation is certainly no better there and you will, on average, make about half of what you make in Taiwan for just a little less work.


Hardly true.
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JZer



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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even a terrible job in a language center in China pays 8500 RMB + housing.

That is 39,702 TWD. The average buxiban is offering 15 hours a week which comes out to around 40,500 TWD a month with no housing.

Not to mention there are language centers paying 12,000RMB a month.

A lot more jobs in China offer airfare as well.
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DD Dragon Children's English School is paying between 9,000 and 15,000 on Dave's plus accommodation.
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