There have been two times in my life where I have attracted my ideal job in Asia. Both times I had dreamt about the job for several years and taken action with no results. Then out of nowhere the job opportunity came to me when I wasn’t even looking for it.
In addition to having a Chinese teacher, Chinese textbook, dictionary and people to practice with at all times, Chinese Pod is the listening resource I have used most over the years. Because of this, it seemed like a good idea to write a Chinese Pod review.
When first starting out learning Chinese I listened to all their Newbie and Elementary lessons with Ken Carroll, Jenny Zhu, and John Pasden as the hosts. Later, Chinese Pod was there again with work-related content when I needed to learn more vocabulary related to working at a company in China.
Whether your goal of learning Chinese is for work, travel or romance, Chinese Pod has all of this covered in their nearly 4,000 lessons.
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.
Hi, I'm Nick and I moved to China to teach English in 2007. Ever since then I've been learning Chinese, traveling around Asia, and working as a teacher, Chinese translator and medical interpreter, writer, movie producer, camp counselor, and cultural liaison. I'm an author and teacher. If you have any questions about this site, leave me a comment or send me an email!