I got shome shocking shnews: I’m shtaying in Scheoul a bit schlonger.
I know that seems really weird, especially after my post about wanting to leave. So I will explain.
I got asked if I wanted to renew my current position at my current school in mid-April. That would mean deciding in April of 2015 if I wanted to stay here until late August 2016. I had two days to decide. Some of the new contract terms wouldn’t have been in my favor (nothing personal to me, but rather big administrative changes created cutbacks). This, in addition to the other things I mentioned made me feel like it wasn’t worth sticking out.
So then there’s the question of what to do next? I looked and looked and looked. I talked to lots of people about lots of possibilities throughout Asia. I interviewed at several places. I even started looking at and seriously considering options back home in the US. I spent 2 1/2 months doing all this research and was even starting to get cranky because I wasn’t getting that “fuck yes” feeling, ever.
Then a recruiter in Seoul turned up with a good offer from a school here. I was already 85% sure I wanted out and nearly called him the day of the interview to say, ‘Fuck it. I don’t want it.’, but I told myself to be open to it and dragged myself over there.
Apart from not being able to figure out how to open the door when I got there- all I saw was a wall of glass and missed the small button that opens it- everything about the interview was great. I spoke to several people who worked there, all were really nice, friendly, helpful, great listeners and conversationalists, excellent English (you’d think the staff at all language schools here would have excellent English, but that would be a mistake), professional, transparent, conscientious, considerate, easygoing, etc. They say the interview is reflective of the job, and I’ve found that to be true of jobs I’ve had in the past. So if that’s true, this should be a really nice place to work.
I’ll continue to get all of the same benefits of my current job, which includes free housing. My salary will go up by 25% and I’ll only be a 5 minute walk from work, as opposed to a 35 minute commute on an overcrowded subway. That saves me an hour a day. I’ll also have 2 more teaching hours a day, so that should help with the sense of boredom I’ve experienced in my current job here. Class sizes will be much smaller than what I currently have, probably half the size, if that. I could go on, but after making a list of positives and negatives, the only negative I found was that it’s in Korea, and that’s only a negative at this point because Korea is now familiar to me.
Shooooo….. shat’s she shupdate.