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My Life! 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of All-Time

My Life! Teaching in a Korean University: 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of All-Time Although the new year is a new start for many people, I do like to dwell on the past a wee bit. Don’t worry, I’m not contemplating my return to Korea. I plan on staying in …


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49 Things to Do to Get Uni Jobs in South Korea

Uni Jobs in South Korea If you’re looking for information about uni jobs in South Korea, then check out this SlideShare presentation with the top 49 tips for how to do just that! There are lots of tips and tricks that will help you increase your chances to get one …


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Teaching English in a Korean University: How to Get the Job

If there’s anything you can count on me for, it’s this: I’ll give it to you straight and not sugar-coat the hard stuff. If you’re looking for a job teaching English in a Korean university, this is the stuff that you might not want to hear: #1: It’s Very Difficult …


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Paperwork + Prep Time when Teaching in Korean Universities

Paperwork + Prep Time in Korean Universities I recently had a question about how much paperwork you have to do when working in Korean universities. The suggestion was that perhaps uni jobs in Korea are not so fabulous once you factor in this “unpaid” work you have to do. I …


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Contact Hours in Korean Universities: It’s Not Important

ESL Cafe: Ahhh There’s this ridiculous thread over on ESL Cafe which is too ridiculous for me to even link to, and a strong reminder of why I don’t really frequent there anymore except when I see some traffic from there to a blog post of mine. Job Conditions at …


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Life in South Korea: Make it Awesome

A couple days ago, I wrote a post about 10 things I love about living and working in South Korea. I was planning on doing a 10 things I hate, but as I started doing it, I realized that there actually wasn’t 10 things. I generally like living and working …


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Korean University Job: Ridiculous Amounts of Documents to Apply!

10 Years Ago: Do you Have a Pulse? You’re In! I’ve been saying for a while now that the Korean ESL industry has matured and is now sliding into less than awesome status. Ten years ago, anyone with a BA and a pulse could get a public school job. Anyone …


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You Came to Korea for the Money, Right?

You Came to Korea for the Money, Right? Doesn’t everyone come to Korea to teach English for the money? I guess it’s not always true, but it’s often the case and anyone who says that they’re here for purely altruistic reasons, well treat with suspicion. Korea is a first world …


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Drastic Decrease in Number of University Students in Korea by 2023: What about our Jobs?

That’s Huge The other day I was flipping through the latest issue of Busan Haps and I ran across the “number in the news” which stated that from 2013—>2023, the number of university students in Korea will decrease by 160,000. Wow, I thought to myself, that’s a staggering number in a …


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Top 10 Resources to Get a University Job in South Korea

Top 10 Resources to Help you Get a University Job in South Korea So you want a university job in South Korea? They really are some prime, prime English teaching job action. What other job would give you 5 months of paid vacation, 12 teaching hours per week complete with …


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Call me Whatever you Want, Just not “Professor”

Well, that’s kind of Embarrassing Whenever I hear foreign teachers in Korean universities telling someone that they’re a “professor,” I cringe. Then I think, “Well, that’s a bit embarrassing, isn’t it?” There are Clearly Exceptions To be clear, there are some foreign teachers in Korea who most certainly should use …


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Am I a Total Hypocrite? Some Thoughts

A Little too Close to Home? Last week, I published this post: Korea, not the Place for Serious Teachers and the backlash against it was pretty harsh. I think a lot of people reacted so strongly because as one of my friends said to me in a private FB message, (People …


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Review of Profs Abroad: Is it Worth it?

Profs Abroad is a job site that compiles university jobs from various sites around the Internet into a single easy-to-search database. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t avoid those ridiculous recruiter filled job boards over on ESL Cafe if at all possible? But, this goodness doesn’t come for free-it’s $29.95 …


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Top 5 ESL Job Sites

So, you think you want to be an ESL teacher? You’ve made an…interesting choice to say the least. Get ready for a life that is far from the ordinary. Now, it’s time to find yourself a job. Here are my top 5 ESL job sites that you can use to …


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Teaching in Korea: When is it time to go home?

It’s Been a Decade Well Korea, it’s been a decade. And we’ve had a good few years, filled with enough awesome to last a lifetime. Seriously. I feel like I’ve compressed 50 years worth of living into 10 and I’d never trade my time here for anything. And I have …