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Re: debating on staying in taiwan with my gf or bust....

Postby ironlady » 10 Nov 2015, 03:21

OK, you're in good shape, then! (Forgive me, but we get a lot of posters who are like, "I'm 17 and a half, dropped out of high school, and I want to get a tech job in Taiwan" or stuff like that.) My advice would be to learn Mandarin. It's not that hard to become reasonably conversant. Don't worry about reading, just get so that companies are comfortable with you. Don't try to do it with your gf. Get a teacher or tutor and buckle down. If you're going to make a life for yourself in or involving Taiwan, it will pay big dividends in the long run.
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Re: debating on staying in taiwan with my gf or bust....

Postby finley » 10 Nov 2015, 09:15

^ What she said.

My suggestion would be to work where you can to earn money, then come back to Taiwan to spend it. I pretty much do this. The accountant at my previous company did the same. With your background, you should be looking at project/contract work rather than a 9-to-5 anyway. True, you'll be separated for, what, 50% of your lives, but IMO that's not necessarily a bad thing :). Obviously, she could join you while you're working whereever, although air fares are likely to make a big dent in your savings.

And sell the car regardless. Cars are a waste of money.
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Re: debating on staying in taiwan with my gf or bust....

Postby Gryphon » 10 Nov 2015, 13:31

If I were in your predicament OP, I'd do this:

1. Sell the car.
2. Do some freelance jobs while looking for a full-time job. Or come up with an idea to launch on a crowdfunding site like Kickstarter. If you're interested, I've got a bunch of ideas that I'd like to work on.
3. Take courses in Chinese because English can only take you so far in Taiwan.
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