December 2, 2012

Want A Job? Then Move! (Part 1)

I recently read an article from The Washington Post entitled, “Can’t find a job? Move overseas”, to which my automatic reply was, I already did.  The article in question looks at different people who have taken different jobs around the world, mostly as educators.  This trend is growing largely, not just in South Korea, but worldwide.

Personally, I have had acquaintances that have moved to teach in South Korea, but I was the first of my friends. Now that number has changed, and I have several friends and people who I went to university with that have came here to South Korea to teach English.

People moving abroad is not going to lose steam anytime soon, especially with the current state of the American economy.  The current unemployment statistics are hovering around 8%, an estimated 12.5 million people.  These people are running out of job options and have debt that is steadily increasing.  The prospect of finding a job with a steady paycheck is the most appealing thing to many people I know.

Many people at home question why I moved abroad or why did I choose South Korea.  My original intention was to just move here for two years, and then move home.  The plan for the first year was to pay down my debts, most of which are school related.  Then the plan for the second year was to save my money.  During and after my second year I wanted to travel around Asia, experience new cultures, and meet new and interesting people.

Money was actually a large deciding factor for me when it came to choosing a country in which to live in and make my home for two years.

I don’t see the need to lie about it – I chose Korea for several reasons, including the amount my paycheck was going to be.  Another huge reason I came to South Korea was the ease of coming here.  The recruiter supplied the round trip airfare, and then they set me up in an apartment.  They also have a bonus at the end of a year-long contract that totals an extra month’s pay.  A person gets 13 months of pay for 12 months of work.

I will go into the process of how to get a job in Korea more thoroughly later, but for now, I will simplify it.  Apply to jobs online, pass the different interviews, get selected, send off the paperwork, get a visa from the Korean consulate, and then board an airplane.  When you arrive someone might help you get to your city or you could end up having to find your own way there.

Now, I still want to travel around Asia, but I haven’t taken the opportunity to do so as of yet, partially because I am paying off my student loans.

A lot of people are making the same decision, and luckily the Korean government has hired a lot of teachers to teach students in the public school system.  Still other people are moving to different countries so that they can work Japan is the first country many people think of when moving abroad to teach.  The problem is that the job market there is very tight, and oversaturated.  It is very difficult to get a job there, and if one is able to get a job there the pay is not really remarkable as other countries.

The Good: being able to finding a good paying job with benefits and cheap insurance.

The Bad: being far away from family.

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