Posted in Korea, Teaching, Uncategorized

Signing away freedom

March 2016 marked two years for me in Korea. two years and my third company in the same field.

While I have said this on multiple occasions, this time I am fighting the urge to quite my job and move on. But if only life was that easy. Every day, I feel more and more trapped in my work place and the tiny room that I should be calling ‘home’.
I know, you are probably wondering “what is stopping you if you are that unhappy?”. It’s pretty simple. Contract.

Being an ESL teacher in Korea means that you have to get an E2 visa which is bonded with your employer. Once you want to stop your employment with the company you have signed a contract with, you have to get a ‘Letter of release’ and you can transfer to another visa (D-10 or another E2).

Sounds simple, right? Wrong.

Most companies refuse to give you a letter of release if your contract is not finished. Honestly, if you have completed your one year contract, there is no need for you to obtain a ‘letter of release’ anyway. The only people who need a ‘letter of release’ are those who wish to finish their contract earlier than one year or, those who have been fired and wish to stay in Korea. But when a company refuses to give you one, it is almost impossible to do anything about it.

When I signed my contract, I saw that there was a section which said that I will not receive a release letter if I end my contract before the 1 year mark. Even if I give the requested 3 months notice before leaving. I know I shouldn’t have signed the contract if I didn’t agree with that term. The problem was, I didn’t want to face another hard time of trying to find a new job. It took me three months the first time, I wasn’t going to go through that again. So when I was offered a job on the second day of unemployment, I went for it. It was a reputable company funded by Seoul government, what could possibly be wrong? Honestly, I love this company. The staff, the fun classes, my students, but teaching just isn’t for me.

When I came to Korea, I came with the hopes of teaching English for a year and either start my career as a journalist/editor or go back to university here to get my masters degree. My first job was a disaster. For my second job, I got promoted fast and I loved it, but then management changed and it was a nightmare. So, when I hit my two year mark in my third school, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I have wasted two years of my life. Two years where I could have been doing other things to do with my degree and my dreams.

So, next Tuesday marks three months until my contract is finished. Within these three months, I will be searching for jobs and blogging more in order to get back in the flow of writing. I will try to write blog posts at the least 3 times a week. If I fall behind, scold me guys!!

This week, I have already posted twice, so I will post another on Friday. I am going to try something new so, keep an eye out!

Posted in Korea, Teaching, Uncategorized, Unemployed in Korea

Well… that was awkward!!

Hey guys!

After my last post about being unemployed in Korea, I haven’t posted anything. The reason why is that, the day after I wrote that post, I had 2 job interviews. I was offered the job at my place of choice and I accepted! The catch was, I had to pack up all my things and move to the new apartment. I have been in Korea for 1 year and 8 months. In that time, I have bought many things and I have a cat. So, packing and moving was the worst thing ever.

But anyway! I got a new job, the day after I was preparing myself for a long wait and a hard time on the job search.

However, since starting my new job (the following week after the interview), I have had no time to do anything apart from sleep! I am writing this from my desk as we speak and the first time I have had a chance to in two weeks!

My new school is amazing! I am working at an English village camp in Seoul. It is so fun!
It is very different from both jobs which I have had in Korea. I am teaching almost all the time. But the lessons are much more fun than the few lessons I taught at my previous schools.
The staff are amazing!! And, I have the chance to meet different students every week! (I will write a blog post about my school soon as it is such an interesting place!)

So, I am not unemployed any more, which means I have to think of another topic to start blogging about. Since I am back in Seoul, I am sure I can find something more interesting to write about. Maybe reviews on different cafes?? We’ll see.

If you have any suggestions let me know and I will make sure that I have time to start blogging more often now that I am finally settled in!

For those of you who think I should carry on with the unemployed section, let me know! I have a lot of experience in being unemployed! hehe

 

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=[ Sowwi

Hey! I feel so sorry towards my blog and my readers! I haven’t posted in a long time. So here is an update on why!

I started writing for a website which I was always interested in! Hallyu UK! I have had great oppurtunities thanks to them such as having a press pass to see Super Junior in London & the oppurtunity to get my work published somewhere other than my blog. Although I have been posting for them & haven’t been posting on here, it’s going to change. I miss my super opinionated posts!

Another reason why I haven’t been posting is I also started another job. In customer servive yet again -_- but this is only a Christmas job to get some extra money!

Apart from them two reasons, I have been super busy. I hungout with & interviewed AJ Rafael when he was in London (post coming soon), I had a press pass for KBEE 2013 (Korean Brand and Entertainment Expo) and I became an English leader for a friend of mines Korean & English study session/ organisation. (A blog/vlog will be up on this very soon!!).

Also, I graduate tomorrow! I know it’s been ages since I actually finished uni but the moment has finally come. I actually didn’t want to go because its so freaking expensive! But I have to for my mummy.

So this has been a post explaining why I have been missing. I will try to do another post this weekend!

In the mean time, head to http://hallyuuk.com to check out my articles!

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I have completed education!!

Yesterday I got my results for my degree.

You are reading the blog of a student who has been awarded a Bachlour of Arts Honours degree in  Journalism – Second Class Upper division!!! I got a 2.1!

Although it isn’t the 1st I had hoped for, considering what I have been through this year with mum being hospitalised & loosing my job, I am so happy to atleast have got a 2.1! All the stress paid off!!

So now I have to step into reality & try to find a job until I can go back to Korea! It’s scary!

Having been in education for 20 years, that’s it!! I will miss education that’s for sure! Who knows? I might do a masters in Korea! Hahaha

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