I guess it’s been two weeks since I got a job offer to teach in China. On the one hand, it would be so nice to return to China, but I do want to make more that $2,000 a month. Australian and British schools pay more than US ones and that gets to me. I have applied to a job working for a British university’s China program, but they won’t even interview anyone till after May 12th. I really feel I should decide on my job offer on Monday.
Aside from the pay, I’m concerned about the climate. One response to a listserv query told me that it’s very cold there. This woman said when she lived in this city walking home from a store one block from her house, a bottle of Coke ™ would freeze. That’s right freeze.
I have seen photos of the faculty apartments and they’re much better than the dirty hovels Korea National Univ. of Education (KNUE) had their staff in. I liked the department director and it sounds that there’s concern for quality. Academic quality. That’s novel. I sure didn’t see that at my last job.
One good thing about the job is that the interviewer was intelligent and on the ball. That’s certainly not always the case. A friend who’s in a really bad job was asked only one question in his interview: What will you do when all the women fall in love with you? Yep, asked with a straight face.
Yet, I’m a mid-career professional, not entry level. I have a feeling $2,000 a month is the salary for someone with no experience or someone with several years experience.
Is this bird in the hand worth two in the bush?