How to Find a Non-Teaching Job?

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How to Find a Non-Teaching Job?

Postby arctor » 20 Sep 2001, 04:36

Hi, just following up on a post stating that teaching is a waste of time. For some it is and for others...

I was wondering if anyone knew of any headhunters or contacts to find non-teaching jobs. I have a business background and three years office experience but...but... no chinese.

Let me know ( arctor@hotmail.com ) if you have any leads. Right now my heart is not in teaching as it once was my first time in Taiwan.

thanks, Bob Arctor
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Postby NFITaipei » 20 Sep 2001, 07:47

There is, of course, the job section here at Oriented, and of course the local (English language) papers. Depending on what you want to do, the experiences I have heard of the head hunters were absolutely useless unless you spoke Chinese fluently.

Try AMCHAM as a conduit of information, plus other country's business groups.

PS: Isn't Bob Arctor the main character from one of Philip K. Dick's novels?
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Postby houziwang » 24 Jan 2003, 21:49

What are the opportunities for a non-Taiwanese to get a job other than teaching english :P and how would I go about this?
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Postby JeffG » 24 Jan 2003, 22:06

Praying might help.
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Postby amos » 24 Jan 2003, 22:27

Go to Eslite, buy a bible, grab yourself a pushbike, and you're on your way.
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Postby Tomas » 24 Jan 2003, 22:30

If you're good-looking, you could look into becoming a niulang. I know they've had vacancies since I left the business. Pun intended.
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Postby JeffG » 24 Jan 2003, 22:49

Okay seriously,

There are some opportunities outside teaching but the competition is great. You also much ask yourself i you want to deal with people at a company in Taiwan, it is very different than teaching. Each have there own BS and to tell you the truth I am not sure which one is worse. You will probably not make as much money in a non-teaching job, and your hours at the office will most likely be more than 40 a week, which you are not paid for.

1. Do you have any skills other then teaching?
2. What kind of job are you looking for?

I am not trying to discourage you from looking, but you should know the truth and consider what you really want. But that is not really what you are asking... There are jobs, but you have to search for them, and just taking any 'ol job that is not teaching may not be any better than teaching. Just something to think about.
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Postby Tomas » 24 Jan 2003, 23:55

You might want to narrow down the field a bit by telling us exactly what field you have experience in (e.g. engineering, business, editing, writing, translating), and what you might be interested in.
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Postby almas john » 25 Jan 2003, 00:39

Tired of teaching?? Well, it's hard to find other work, but what I have done is switch to part-time teaching (for beer money and an ARC) but with plenty of time for writing.

As with most things in Taiwan what you can get will depend on your contacts.

I know foreign English teachers (none of whom have any special skills or knowledge of Chinese language) who have moved on to full-time jobs and are doing okay; you can....
Open a bar/restaurant.
Open an illegal buxiban with Taiwanese wife/girlfriend.
Become a technical writer for a Hsinchu computer company.
Work for a trading company (mostly correcting e-mails, letters and rewriting difficult English/Chinglish)
Beome a Taiwan Beer taster.

But I want to stress that there is a world of difference between teaching 30 hours at a crap school and teaching 10 hours at a good school. I enjoy the social contact at my school (i.e. lots of tasty females) after hours spent alone looking at books and the computer screen.

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Postby ckvw » 25 Jan 2003, 00:51

Without other special skills, experience, and connections (e.g. liberal arts college grad, English only) editing and writing for English publications seem to be the most likely jobs, but these aren't that easy to come by. Luck and persistence seem to play the biggest role in getting these kinds of jobs.
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