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Non fungible careers

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Postby Cornfed » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:59 am

xiongmao wrote:Teaching is pretty non fungible. This is a career choice where experience and reputation counts for a lot.

That is not my experience or impression. Most Asian DOSs will fire an experienced teacher to hire a Nordic blond bimbo at the drop of a hat.
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Postby Cornfed » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:21 am

Ghost wrote:The two fields I'm into are ESL abroad (of course) and writing, particularly freelancing. ESL still has a huge surplus of jobs, plus plenty of places you can go teach with relatively few barriers to entry. Freelancing writing is pretty big too online, and the pay is smaller than a traditional writing job, but you do it from home on a job-by-job basis, so it is much easier and suited to those who are entrepreneurial, fed up with shitty, superfluous, dead-end customer service, or anyone trying to get a foothold outside the rat race.

ESL is way overcrowded now. The only place where there is a surplus of jobs for the time being is China and teaching there is really just a case of finding a place to stick yourself for a while. It is unlikely it will lead to any serious money or anything worthwhile. Writing would be good if you could establish a niche for yourself where you are supplying a product that can’t be supplied by all the wogs and bimbos.

And in the working world, the pitiful truth is that just because you are necessary doesn't mean you are important.

It is strange that. The regimes seem to be willing to actually destroy entire lucrative industries such as programming and science so as not to have to employ bright, creative people.
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Postby Ghost » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:54 am

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Postby C.J. » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:18 am

Cornfed wrote:This was not mean to be another general career thread. It is about how you can establish a unique personal franchise so that people have to hire you because you are you.

Uh, have a unique service people can recognize you by. Have a brand that sells a particular thing. It doesn't have to be radically different. For example, you have over 300 different independent game developers in the world. Each one has its own branding. However, only a couple actually get the fame and fortune, because they have a specific style and develop their brand past that one terrible game indies ALWAYS make.
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Postby Cornfed » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:18 pm

Ghost wrote:Well, China is where I'm about to go. No, it won't lead to much money, but that is mainly a concern for ever returning to the West. In China, it is decent money so I'm told repeatedly by teachers already there.

If you are going there to learn Chinese and pursue your writing career online while living in a less toxic social environment then that might be a good idea. Otherwise you should consider where the move is taking you. This thread is interesting:
http://middlekingdomlife.com/employment/returning-home-dirt-poor-t335.html
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