Hey, guys. I'm a newbie here. After graduating with a (pretty much useless) Masters degree, I went for two years of ESL teaching in China, and now looking for a change of pace. My girlfriend and I booked a flight to Bangkok on the 14th, and then can fly anywhere (Hatyai, Phuket via Airasia). I hear a lot of guys say in here that "Sept/Oct" is a good hiring season, but what about on the tail-end of October? Will we just be picking up scraps?Anyway, so is the well dried up by then?I've heard that jobs in Songkhla are snatched up pretty quickly, and that was my first choice. My girlfriend's pick is Phuket, and I imagine that with the steady influx of people (and big airport), those jobs are hard to get by this point?Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, guys.
Phuket jobs are very difficult to get. Songkhla seems to be less competitive, but still not very easy. Away from tourist traps, beaches, and big cities, the jobs get easier to get.
Is your girlfriend a native speaker? Is she looking to get a job too?
How was China? Did you enjoy the children shitting in public?
She's a Chinese teacher (she's Chinese).
As for the kids defecating in public... they didn't get me as bad as the spitters. Haha, seriously, restaurants, banks, whatever... none of them are safe from the spitters.
This is off base, but why are Phuket jobs hard to get? Too few? Too many people with badass resumes? Local connections hard to break into, or something? I'm getting a couple offers online, but they sound pretty iffy.
Anyway, so you're saying this is the wrong time to be trying for the super competitive places?
Last edited by Setzer; 7th October 2012 at 23:07.
October isn't really a bad time to look for work because there is a school break in this time and regular classes start up in November. Your GF should be able to find a job teaching Chinese language(s) in Thailand easily. *Sorry about my bad syntax, I'm hungover*
As for Phuket, I can speak on that. I lived and taught English in Bangkok for three years, then I moved to Phuket and did another job, but I tutored part time. Phuket is really tough for western teachers for a few reasons. Number one, the supply of westerners who want to live and work on a nice tropical island like Phuket is huge, and it far outnumbers the demand.
Coming to point number two. The government schools and the few language schools that are in Phuket pay sh1t and the hours and conditions are crap. The cost of living is far higher in Phuket than in BKK and you do need a vehicle in Phuket. Some people would say to use a motorcycle, but with the long rainy season, the bad hilly roads and the abundance of drunk or drugged up drivers killing motorcyclists, I wouldn't suggest this for anyone.
I would highly suggest you both apply for jobs in BKK, get settled in, pick up extra work tutoring or with private students, then you can always plan your vacations to the south, the north and all that, since BKK is central. Good luck.
Just a quick update. Thanks for the help and advice everyone. I abandoned the Phuket thing... a few training centers were keen to hear from me (but they have brutal reputations online).
Anyway, it seems we'll check out one cool place in Rayong (and away from civilization is no problem), and if that flops, then I'm bound for Bangkok. Thanks everyone
It's just down the road from that seething den of iniquity!
Update 2: Just by a bit of dumb luck, J found a good job working in Songkhla. My partner will just privately tutor students, for which there is a great market here and in Hatyai. She already has 8 pupils, which is encouraging.
It's taking some time to get used to the hyper-hierarchical system in the universities (and school in general), but otherwise it's felt like a choice that has more advantages than disadvantages. It's a beautiful place, and very laid back.
Thank you to everyone for the links and advice. Civilization indeed
Thanks for the update! That's great news for your girlfriend. I'm sure you'll enjoy your time in that area.