Hi forum, long time lurker here.
With the job market in the UK pretty dire I'm tempted to get on a plane to Thailand next week and begin a new life teaching English. I'm just wondering if it would be the right move, would mid-June be a good time to look for a teaching job? Also I've just got back from travelling so savings are quite low, how much would one be expected to bring to support themselves from landing in BKK to finding a job to getting their first pay packet, (with the possibility of attending the July full moon party)?
Ideally I'd want 40k-50k a month, would this be possible? I'm a 23 year-old British male with a BSc degree in Economics from a decent UK university and about 3 months teaching experience in Uganda and Cambodia. I'd be hesitant to commit to any position lasting over 6 months, would this have an impact on teaching positions?
Also whilst I have a degree the original is framed on the wall at home (apparently my parents are proud!), would you suggest to use a photocopy and my original transcript or pay an exorbitant £50 for a replacement degree?
Putting Thai kids to sleep with explanations about the Phillips Curve could be my calling in life, but seriously I miss the Thai lifestyle and would love to get back. Money is my main concern
You don't need money in Thailand. You know that - you've lived here (or there - oh I miss it so )
The UK job market isn't going to improve anytime soon. That being said, the longer you live in Thailand, the more difficult it may be to work again back in the UK.
I can't give advice on your decision to go to Thailand--that really is a decision that an individual needs to make on their own. You know Thailand enough to make that decision for yourself.
I would advise against getting a replacement degree rashly. At least my UK uni warned me that they will only give one replacement degree, so I would wait to get one in case you absolutely need it. If you wind up losing both, you'll never be able to get it again--unless you happen to stop by Khao San Road, that is.
That being said = With that in mind, consider that, however, regardless...
^^ Oh, I though it was something more profound, something worth writing into every post.
I love it! That being said, I can't think of anything more fun.
I've taught before and it's been a good laugh, never in a paid role though. My main main main concern however is the following (ignore the full moon part, I can budget £200 for that):
It's been a while since I've spent considerable time in Bangkok and lots of people on this forum do complain about inflation. Do Thai schools pay at the end of every month (as in if I start mid-June I would get 2 weeks pay at the end of June)? I'll probably have £400 to last me from landing to getting paid, not including the trip to Koh Phangan, could be a squeeze...Also I've just got back from travelling so savings are quite low, how much would one be expected to bring to support themselves from landing in BKK to finding a job to getting their first pay packet, (with the possibility of attending the July full moon party)?