Some of us came from well established careers and came to Thailand because we needed a change. Some of will be happy to teach ESL until it's time to sell the farm. And some of us have no profitable skill outside of education. I fall into the latter of these categories as I've been teaching for nearly six years and I want to make a change after my contract ends in the Spring and the Mrs and I take a long ass honeymoon in Thailand.
Only problem is, what kind of opportunities are available to guys like us? For those who can't do, teach. Surely there is something else stimulating and profitable for those of us who dive into education post-grad. Any advice and successful (or unsuccessful) stories would be appreciated by me (and hopefully anybody else thinking about this as well).
more time for wastin'
Education can be a profitable skill if you view yourself as an entrepreneur and not a wage slave.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be. - TJ
He should just blow it off then.
My fiancee is Japanese and she loves Thailand as much as I do, but being a non-native English speaker, that significantly lowers her options and she has no desire to work with Japanese tourists.
I guess I started this thread hoping to hear from people like Desert Exile and the like, who started off as ESL teachers and stumbled across other opportunities. I'm trying to find where there's an entry level position for a decently educated individual with many cultural experiences. Or at least an entry level position I can bullshit my way into)
Yeah, teaching is not the best job in the world, I'm sick of it and only do it part time. not looking forward to going back full time next year, so I've put my thinking cap on and have made an online business. made a few sales so far and will hopefully grow when i advertise in the UK, there's lots of stuff here you can sell overseas. just build a website (very easy with online tutorials) add pay pal, then your on your way. There is bound to be a gap in the market for a product they sell here that the Japs don't have.
I knew a guy who gets photos sent to him via email, he then get's those photos made into oil paintings by some thai bloke, the thai gets about 3 thousand baht and he sells the paintings for 4 times as much, keep your eyes open. If some teenager can become a millionaire by exporting micro scooters to the UK then any of us can if we just keep the old eyes peeled.
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'After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box'
there's a job on ajarn.com for Japanese staff.
Ajarn.com :: Job:- Japanese staff
What does your fiancee do now? What are her qualifications?
There are plenty of Japanese companies operating in Thailand. There are also jobs in the tourist industry that don't involve working directly with tourists.
Would you consider going back to school? What about working in your home country for a bit?
How much money do you need to be happy in Thailand? Are you planning to live in or near Bangkok, or somewhere less central?
Money is not a huge issue for us, except that I would like the option to stop working once I get to retirement age. We've just been saving money and we want to stay in Changers for awhile after we get married, live cheaply, and be creative. She can make her art and I can work on my music as the cost of living is pretty low (and neither of us drink which saves a lot of dough).
I reckon an answer will come to us, but I'm just trying to see what our options are for the future. Depending on how fucked the US is by that time, maybe we can live there.
Hey all, I appreciate the feedback, seriously. I tell you one thing, I like teaching and I'm not opposed to it, but if I'm going to keep at it, I don't think I'd want to do it in the states again, that's too much stress for to little pay (spiritual and monetary).
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