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Sean Coghlan, 33, is from Ottawa, Canada. He has a Bachelor's degree in political science and history from the University of Lethbridge, worked in post-secondary education for over 5 years and taught almost four years in South Korea.
SEAN: I've been here one month and a day in Taipei, or Shijr (also variously spelled Xizhi) in Taipei County to be specific. I tried to find a job through the Internet. It was slow to start; there seems to be a definite reduction in the amount of work out there. I had two friends recently return to Canada, one who'd been here 6 years, who said it was a combination of the market and the fact that you can't buy a house or really settle here forever that made him return.

I sent 30-40 emails directly to employers, and got back a few responses. They were never from Taipei, but in Taichung and other cities, or in the county, in Hsintien. I got three concrete offers from bushibans. They were the kind of job for first-time teachers who'd never taught before, very low-wage offers. They were teaching maybe 25-35 hours, with 10 hours prep work at home, and working Saturday mornings. That gave me the impression the market was either flooded or receding.

I spoke to a recruiter who said she had only two jobs available, and they were in the county as well. She said the market's the worst she's ever seen it.

But I secured night work teaching adults and it's fantastic.

You definitely have to be willing to settle for less, that's my impression right now. I don't want to sound totally negative. But it seems like more schools are wanting part-time teachers. Everyone I know is working part-time with their employer; they hire you just for amount of hours they need you.

The China Post

 

      


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