Hi - I wonder if you could give me some advice?
I am 51, English, have a BA in philosophy 30 years ago, and have spent almost 30 years in financial markets and business sales and decided to change career (a decision accelerated by the fact that my business has just gone down the pan!!) .
I have just completed a Cambridge CELTA in London and am about to do a 5 week summer school contract in UK. After this, I would like to head to the Far East.
It seems to me, reading various forums and sites, that China has two systems - the first is that one works for a Language School:- private, pay about 8 to 12,000 RMB, work 6 days a week and all hours; benefits include all visa and paperwork taken care of, and generally appears at first hand to be well paid.
The second route seems to be that one works for a state school or university. Pay is a lot less, 5-6,000 RMB, but then so are the hours (presumably allowing one to supplement the income with private tuition?). Also, they appear to give paid holidays.
My questions are:
1. have I got it right?
2. assuming I want the state school/university option, how/where do I find these jobs?
3. If all of the above is wrong, please enlighten me.
4. Anywhere else I should look to teach as a 51 year old newbie?