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Sometime in the next 2 months, I will be working in ChongQing, I got the Contract in my Email today.
I'll head off to Beijing for 15 days in a prepaid apartment, where for the next 10 days I'll be trained by other teachers and paid for my training time.
A lot went right with this job contract, mostly location, it pays decent the only down side is I'll be off Monday and Tuesday, so my dating options might go down, but it pays for my apartment, and considering I don't have a degree, I can't complain.
the School I'll be working at will be surrounded by 5 colleges, the ex-pat population is low, so I'll have maximum young ladies and minimum Foreign population to mess up a good thing, only the local boys to worry about.
SO many things went right with this job, but I critically suggest you research China, and then research it again to find where you want to teach, I looked at locations for about 2 months or more before narrowing my search down, a lot of it has to do with your objectives and what your willing to tolerate.
Mine were maximizing attractive women, and making sure minimum westerners populated where I would be teaching, I originally was going to have to accept a few jobs I didn't like, but I found out a prime location was open, and jumped on it the second It lined up with my idea of a good location.
A few tips for anyone looking to teach in China too.
Make sure you figure out if the weather suits you, the pollution levels are tolerable to you "I'm a health nut, so working in a place like Beijing is out of the question due to the air" and how western or traditional you want the location to be.
I'm a little worried about the city I'll be working it... I wanted to work in northern china due to the traditional setting, but I'm hoping Chongqing isn't too westernized culturally, but either way I will do well.
I'm going to post updates on here as things progress and have the time, but I'll probably go dark for about a month.
On a side note, I think this forum needs a mind set change, my posts are going to be in a effort to help someone who may be in the same boat as me and actually cares about other people, I'm done with self serving elitists who just want P4P
I'd like to take this moment to give a shout out to all the guys here who helped me out, gave me a moral boost and useful information and more, In no special order.
I don't agree with everything the guys above say, but they have a willingness to help others, something everyone should strive to have, a little humility will change your life, or the lack of it could break it.
I'm here to help people of a moral nature, if I can help you I will, but life gives no hand outs, first you need the desire to better your self and the will to fallow the correct plans to bring that about, if you can't handle changing your self, changing your environment wont matter, the world owes you nothing, and luck is a excuse the weak use to make themselves feel better about planned and calculated risks succeeding for others.
I've got a bumpy road ahead of me, but It feels good knowing progress is being made, and my life is about to shine much brighter far away from the western world, magnum signing out.
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Good luck to you, Magnum! I'm glad you were able to find a job in China that fit you. I think DiscoProJoe (a former HA poster) also teaches in Chongqing as well.. Anwyay, if you ever happen to be near Shenzhen, drop me a pm so we could hang-out together. Good-luck to you.
Chongqing is called the furnace city because its so hot in the summer, the woman are hot too. You should do ok with ladies there, its in Southern China. Its important to get a girlfriend in China to help you do all shopping and errands, its not easy if you can't speak the language. I hope you like spicey food.
Congratulations! I'm very proud of you! It won't be easy, do your best to take some Mandarin classes to help day game approaches or set up dates with English speakers online. Or both! You have my contact and phone number. Call me or write me anytime. Never wait if something is urgent and you need help. Especially if I am too busy to check the forum. I got a little one on the way and 100 other things going on. A few others here have your back too. Everdred momopi and ethan_sg will help you too. Adventurer too. Plenty of China expats and experts around even if it's quiet in here.
Pretty soon you can be one of the experts here too.
Also stay in your lane and be smart. Chongqing women are the hottest and they all know it. Be careful with the 8-10s! Get their expectations up front and early so you don't waste time.
Yeah good luck in Chongqing.
All I know is that it's a vast city, and can be cold in Winter. Communism has more of a grip there than it does in Guangdong or Shanghai.
I only met one Sichuan girl - I don't think that many speak English compared to those from Hubei, Hunan or Guangdong. She was nice, but way to feisty for my liking. She was practically force feeding me on our first (and only) date!
My first Chinese gf's family also lived there. I'm guessing it's not too different from Hubei. It certainly looked similar on the TV shows I've seen about it.
Don't take anything valuable, it might go mouldy in the climate like my expensive coat did in Guangzhou!
If you save up some cash, go to a CELTA in Bangkok or somewhere.
That is GREAT news Magnum! I had to come back just to congratulate you on that one. These are the kinds of stories HA needs more of. People really DOING IT. Your situation was starting to sound dismal enough that I was beginning to worry. I am glad you will be in China rather than on that African battlefield.
I been to Chongqing once. My sister got married there. I was only there three days, so it's not like I got a real feel for the place, but it looked nice. It was not unlike many other places I visited, and I've been all over China.
Get ready to have a great time. Relax and go with the flow. Most importantly, use your free time to continue building a better future. As mentioned above, there area a few other expats here to call on in times of need.
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Perhaps you can look into "study abroad" programs at local university while you're in Chongqing.
After you take a few courses, instead of not listing a college degree on your resume, you can list it in this format:
BA, Organizational Behavior with Sheep (in progress)
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Candidate for Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sheep Herding
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