clint wrote:I know what options I have back home, but I have no idea what options I may have here...other than teaching English, of course.
This sounds like your answer. You probably have no idea what options you have in Taiwan because there are none. I was about the same age as you when I confronted the same question in Taiwan. Not seeing any real opportunity in Taiwan other than teaching English, I made sure I left Taiwan before the shine wore off.
Taiwan for me was generally easy. I never had any interest in living in Taiwan but when the opportunity presented itself I jumped at it. I had always wanted to live overseas and the whole process of getting to Taiwan was relatively painless. There were lots of classes, lots of cool teachers and loads of cash to be made. Times were tough at first but I had a ball and like many folks I came to love the country. There were signs that dark times were ahead though. A new kindergarten in my district was having trouble attracting students. Dozens of schools were popping up on every corner fighting for a diminishing supply of children. Management started increasing the frequency of open houses. My job was slowly but surely becoming less about taking care of the students I had and more about recruiting new students. Blech.
I loved living in Taiwan but I wasn't crazy about the work situation. I felt that though my time in Taiwan had been generally pretty good to flat out awesome, it seemed as if I was burning a candle at both ends. Having witnessed some truly horrific situations, I didn't want to find out how bad Taiwan could be when things didn't go my way. This way Taiwan will always be this great life experience I had that ended on a high note. Emotionally I didn't want to leave but logically it was the right time to do so. Returning when I did I managed to get back into my primary skill and I've been able to do pretty well with that.
It may not be what you want to hear but if I were you I'd listen to the doom n' gloomers. I don't know what opportunities you have back home but you are now at the prime age to realize them and I think you should. You'd be surprised how quickly they can vanish the older you get.