Today I am starting on a new adventure in Asia, and by the time you are reading this I will already be en route to Chiang Mai, Thailand.
You might be wondering, “Why not back to China? Why Thailand and why Chiang Mai?”
While I plan to visit China during my travels, the main reason I am going to Chiang Mai is to meet people who are location-independent with their work. Another name for this kind of person is a digital nomad.
August 2017 will mark the 10 year anniversary of when I moved to China to first teach English. Since then, I’ve worked at 6 – 8 jobs in the US and China, interviewed for several others and had several other job offers.
Below are 10 lessons I’ve learned about finding China-related jobs in China and the USA.
Lesson 1: Teaching English Gets You a Job in China Fast
As a foreigner in China it’s hard to go more than a few weeks without getting a job offer to teach English while walking down the street or hanging out at a mall.
In the United States things get pretty quiet in the city after rush hour and dinner, even on weekends in the city. In China however, evenings are very lively every night of the week. Many streets turn into markets with vendors hawking things like perfume, underwear, and radios.
In this video not only do we take a look at these products and hear about Nick’s purchasing criteria, but we learn a simple and effective way to practice Mandarin.
Stay for the end and you’ll also witness a dance party!
There are many more jobs for foreigners teaching English in China than for non-teaching jobs in China, but they are still there.
Since first moving to China in 2007 to teach English I had wanted to find a non-teaching there. Since 2010 I have found non-teaching jobs, seen some of my friends do the same, and met many more people in China with non-teaching jobs.
There are some important things to consider when thinking about finding a non-teaching job in China. Each job has different requirements and different barriers to entry. Below are the main considerations when searching for jobs in China, the types of jobs available in China, and how to find these different jobs.
This vid is from a bar in Jiaxing called Lohas. Chinese bars are very loud and would instead be considered a club by Western standards. Here we take a peek at what goes on in a Chinese club.
We talk to some people (subtitles included), make friends, get questioned by a drunk, inspire bartenders to pick each other’s noses, “open sets”, practice “night game”, work on our “vibe”, and a guy’s girlfriend bites his nipple. Enjoy!