Exciting News!

I’d like to start with a non-apology! I haven’t posted anything on here for a while, and there’s a good reason for that…

I’ve been contracted as a writer!

So exciting!

My new website has just gone live: http://www.BASEDtravelershenzhen.com

I’m working for a company called BASEDtraveler which has expat-local writers in different locations around the world (at the moment England, Germany, South Korea and now China). We don’t just write about life as an expat, but also offer advice, ideas for excursions, useful information, hints and tips, how-to guides and more.

Please check it out and spread the word!

Also if you have any ideas or suggestions about what else you’d like to see on the site, please send me a message.

I will still be writing about my own travels on here as well (I still need to finish my Summer Adventure series) but it will be less often now. However, I’ll be publishing something every Sunday on my new website.

You can also find me and BASEDtraveler on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Quandary Solved – For Now…

Today I had to make a final decision about whether to stay at the school I work at in China or move to a new school in a different country.

Last night I had a short interview with the director of the school (which I wasn’t expecting to happen then!) and he offered me the job. Then he told me what the salary was.

Now, I don’t want to seem like money is the be all and end all of everything. It isn’t. Having said that, I have bills (e.g. a mortgage, so not something I can just not pay) back home in the UK that I have to make sure are covered. Which means there is a minimum amount of salary I need each month on top of the usual living costs and whatnot.

Unfortunately, much as I would have loved to move to a new country and worked at that school, I can’t afford to.

Trying to look on the bright side, that at least makes the decision for me: I’m staying in China for another year.

More of a Quandary

Another non-travel blog post (I’m working on my next one of those…) as there has been a further development with my quandary.

I still haven’t made a decision about my job – whether to stay where I am in China for another year, or (if I get offered it) take a new job in another country – and now I have another factor to consider.

A couple of days ago I had an email back confirming I would have the second interview and further contact soon (I’m guessing next week).  A few hours later I had another email offering me an interview next week – but this time from a different school in a different country.

This has not helped to alleviate my stress about the whole situation!

Should I have the interview with the other school?  Or should I make things simpler for myself by politely turning it down and keeping my decision between staying where I am and going to the first job?

Quandary

I’m taking a short break from my travel blogging because I’m in a quandary.

My current contract of employment for my job as a primary school teacher in an international school in China ends at the end of this academic year.  I now (as in, this week) have to decide whether I want to stay for another year or go elsewhere.

Now you may think that this is a straightforward decision, but you would be wrong.

I am currently waiting to hear back about another job I have applied for in another country, and I have told everyone that knows anything about it that if they offer me the job I’m going, but if I don’t get it I’m staying where I am for another year. This seems like a sensible decision, but actually it’s not making a decision at all; it’s leaving the decision about whether I should stay or leave to someone other than myself.

This is the first time I’ve had a job that I’ve considered leaving but am unsure if it’s the right thing to do.  Every other job I’ve had, I’ve known without a doubt it’s the right time to go and there’s an exciting new prospect to look forward to.  This time, I’m full of doubt.

Part of me wants to leave, wants to move to another country, go exploring, meet new people, experience new things, etc., etc., especially while I still have the chance/health/opportunity to do so.

The other part of me (which, if I’m being completely honest, seems to be getting bigger the longer time goes on) is happy here, has some great friends here, likes working where I’m working and is thinking it’s much too much hassle to move.

Back on the other hand again, if I do get offered the job, I feel like I can’t turn it down as firstly I’ll regret it if I did, and secondly I would never get the same opportunity again.

Basically, I’m completely torn and I don’t know what to do.  It’s beginning to drive me a bit doolally.

I know I haven’t been offered the job yet, so some people would say I should wait and see what happens with that before deciding anything, which is a valid point.  However, if I do get offered the job I will have a very very short time period in which to decide and accept or reject the offer.  Which is why I’d like to come to some kind of conclusion before that point in time.  Also, if I don’t get this job, should I apply for anything else or leave it until next year and then see?

This is not a small decision.  If I decide to stay, yes, everything will be pretty much the same as it has been (bar which year group I’m teaching in and a few other changes in my school).  If I decide to go it will mean not just changing jobs, but also moving to a new country and everything that entails.

In all honesty, moving to a new country is scary.  Yes, I’ve done it once, and it was exciting and amazing and the best decision I’ve ever made.  But would another decision like that be as good or better?  Or am I just setting myself up for failure?