Quentin wrote:Here's my situation:
I left Taiwan in Jan. 2010 after spending nearly a decade here teaching in the buxiban system, which I hated, hated, hated, and drove me to a nervous breakdown. The thing was, though, I actually enjoyed the lifestyle in Taiwan, and during at least the first half of the '00s you could get away with teaching part-time at private universities with only a B.A. (illegally, of course). I actually enjoyed teaching non-traditional adult students (the massive freshman English conversation classes - um, not so much), and seemed popular with them, as well.
So I've spent the last year completing my M.A. in English - something I should have taken care of a long, long time ago, but better late than never. So, coming over here to Taiwan with:
1. An M.A. in English
2. Several years' prior experience teaching English in Taiwan
What are my odds? I've heard that it's more difficult these days because most colleges are looking for Phds., which seems pretty excessive because - why would anyone with a Phd. want to settle for the conditions in Taiwan?! And only 5 or so years ago, I remember talking to private universities that implied that they could hire me for the next semester on the spot as long as I only had an M.A. in anything. And I've got an M.A. in English. Ideally I'd love to teach English literature courses - a little Poe, a little Twain, that sort of thing - but if it's Business English or Basic Conversation classes, then I can settle with that (at least it's not noisy little kids screaming, "Teacher play game! Hen wuliao!").
The other salient fact is that I'm over here in the U.S. as of now and don't intend on flying over until 2013. Obviously it's way too late for hiring the fall semester. If possible, I'll jump at openings for the spring 2013 semester, though likely I'll just have to wait until fall 2013. And like I said, I'm in the U.S., not in Taiwan. I'm not sure if schools are going to contract me sight unseen from overseas - is that possible? I'd rather not gamble a plane ticket over here without a secure job - this isn't like 10 years ago when jobs were plenty and I could be guaranteed some sort of English teaching job to fall back upon. But it looks like I just might have to do that, come here in person and interview with schools in May and then wait around until September to start working? What am I going to do with all that down time when I'm not getting paid?
You could find some editing work or teach English online. There are plenty of things you can do with a computer to make money. Plus then you won't have to work illegally in Taiwan.