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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Happy National Day and Golden Week
« Last post by AMonk on Today at 02:22:50 AM »
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Hi Everyone,

I know this forum is dead set against Chinese job recruiters. I can understand why, as there has been so much shady behavior in the past.

Thank the Lord that I am happy at my current job, and am not currently meandering.

But, I still have the question: what is the best way to job search?

1. My guess is, if someone is already in China, just ask around to friends, contacts, etc. who is hiring?


The best news is that we are in high demand, and seemingly perpetual short supply.

In other industries I have seen, such as mining, oil, lumber, etc. there can be

(1) a boom, where people such as oil rig workers can make 2-5x their current US salary working abroad
(2) people rushing over to these lucrative areas
(3) an equilibrium, where very high salaries go down, and costs of living over there (rent, food, etc.) go up. So, what was a sweet deal is not quite so sweet.

Saudi Arabia reminded me of this, as oil engineers, oil workers, and ESL teachers once made far more than at home.

But, oil revenues have generally been declining, average pay has been declining, Saudi king's subsidizing everything has been declining (higher cost of living); so, saving huge amounts is much harder now.

2. If someone is not in China, my guess is paid forums, and lots of email?


3. I do ask this because I was thinking back to about 10-15 years ago, in the Great Recession in the US, UK, Europe, etc. It seemed like nothing young people could do could get most university grads hired, and earn them a living wage.

Although chances are low that we, or these people, would get into such a situation again, I wonder what we could do differently?

4. In my case, if I knew then what I knew now, I would probably get a public teaching job in China, do side businesses in a growing economy, and do lots of online education for a teaching license, master's, etc. As China's economy grew, hopefully my bank account would grow.

Simple "demand versus supply" would ensure I would always have a job as an English teacher. On the side, maybe I could find tasks and business relationships that were more lucrative than just teaching English.

5. Your thoughts on how to get people jobs in the current situation? Or more general strategy on helping people launch their career?

I guess they are two separate questions; but, the specific leads to the general.
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The Champagne Cabana / Happy National Day and Golden Week
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on Yesterday at 02:56:19 PM »
Happy National Day Tomorrow!
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And for those of you who get holidays (I don't  ananananan aqaqaqaqaq ananananan), I hope you enjoy the golden week.

Then again, I don't lose any weekend time, so the universe still retains some balance.
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Find some students, friends, random people, and ask if they have any relatives in 11th or 12th grade studying for the GaoKao.  Those students, their parents, and their elder siblings have likely combed the web and bookstores for lists of potential words and grammar questions that are most likely to be on the test.
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Hi Everyone,

Here is what I know about the GaoKao. Please feel free to comment.

1. All high school students take the same GaoKao. There are some regional exceptions, such as in Shanghai and Xinjiang. But, the most fair statement would be it is a universal public school test.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaokao

2. My very intelligent Chinese friend did send me a document in 2017, that seems true today.

Essentially, the government tells you what 3500 English vocab words will be on the spoken portion, but does not prove more insight.

3. Many schools hire the best teachers who went to top-ranked GaoKao high schools, went to top ranked universities, and taught at these GaoKao programs.

For example, I know a teacher who is Renmin University GaoKao High School, Renmin University, and went back to teach there.

4. They also use Chinese government-approved English curriculum books, like I have just posted.

5. My end goal is to:

- Identify exactly the 3500 words that will be on the list. I have done so on past documents and feel that it will stay consistent from year to year.
- Organize these words into themes. For example "animals"
- Turn these themes into real-world situations, for example "going to the Zoo"
- Have students do the usual memorization, practice exercises, book work with their regular (excellent) Chinese GaoKao teachers
- My role will be to have these real-world situations, be a native speaker who provides feedback, etc.

6. Any ideas on where to go from here?
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: HM Queen Elizabeth II died ...
« Last post by kitano on September 14, 2022, 07:00:21 AM »
I'd buy a round for the whole royal family if Charles stood up in front of parliament and said:

"As your king, I don't comment on political issues.

Climate change is not political.  It is science.  It is happening.  Many island nations will lose most or all of their territory if we don't make big changes now.  Many coastal cities around the world will be inundated if we don't make big changes now.  The Thames flood barrier won't be enough to protect London if we don't make big changes now.

For the good of the United Kingdom and the world, I expect each and every one of you to support efforts to reduce the emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses.  You may have your political arguments over how to do it, but I expect to see real and sustained progress on the issue as soon as humanly possible."

Charles actually has some very good views on a lot of stuff. Not just the environment, he is against badly designed housing and young people not being offered opportunities based on their family not being rich

He is unfortunately dumb because he grew up in a golden cage, but he might get to do some good. We shall see

In Britain we like to think that the royal family do nothing, but they do have a lot of money and get to talk to all of the world leaders, it will change the world
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: HM Queen Elizabeth II died ...
« Last post by kitano on September 14, 2022, 06:56:43 AM »
You can't hold power and not be political

If you join the army you have to swear loyalty to the Queen. When Sinn Fein which was the political wing of the IRA became legit and got elected in Northern Ireland there was a mini controversy because they would not say 'God Save the Queen'
I'm not even against the monarchy, 'it's complicated; but it is politics absolutely. Come on man..
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: HM Queen Elizabeth II died ...
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on September 13, 2022, 04:23:23 PM »
I'd buy a round for the whole royal family if Charles stood up in front of parliament and said:

"As your king, I don't comment on political issues.

Climate change is not political.  It is science.  It is happening.  Many island nations will lose most or all of their territory if we don't make big changes now.  Many coastal cities around the world will be inundated if we don't make big changes now.  The Thames flood barrier won't be enough to protect London if we don't make big changes now.

For the good of the United Kingdom and the world, I expect each and every one of you to support efforts to reduce the emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses.  You may have your political arguments over how to do it, but I expect to see real and sustained progress on the issue as soon as humanly possible."

 
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: HM Queen Elizabeth II died ...
« Last post by AMonk on September 13, 2022, 12:40:25 AM »
It must be very hard to have to mourn, while the world watches and judges.  No, he's been around long enough to know that this next phase is not a walk in the park. Looks glamorous, but is really stressful and difficult work.  He and his family have made it look easy.  Power to them.  But would you really enjoy living in their fishbowl?

As for the rest, Charles did 'indoctrinate' his sons with his enthusiasm / dedication to the Cause.  I imagine that his work will still be going ahead, despite his self-imposed (tradition-dictated) silence from here on in.

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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: HM Queen Elizabeth II died ...
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on September 12, 2022, 08:01:46 PM »
I've noticed something unusual about Charles.  Of course he's sad that his mother passed away, but I'd also expect some sort of positive emotions about becoming the new King.  In every photo I've seen of him since the queen died, he looks like his main thought is "I'm too old for this bqbqbqbqbq."

Another problem is that most of the world, including the UK, turned climate change from a science issue into a political debate - and the ruling monarch isn't supposed to get involved in political debates.  So Prince Charles the proponent of making the world a cleaner and greener place is now King Charles III, who doesn't get involved with political issues.  amamamamam
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