So, after three years in Taiwan, and 10 in Xiamen I'm taking up a job in Shanghai.
I'll be teaching, teacher training, developing content (and going through a steep learning curve) for a JV company that's moving into education.
It's a Monday-Friday, 9-6 job, based in Putuo district.
The aim is to teach 6th graders English using an immersive-type programme (basically the classroom is a set, and they are actors, producers, production crew, etc.)
I'll teach about 12-14 hours/week, and the remainder of the time will be spent creating content based on their current government-issued textbook (average material, to be expected). The remainder of the time I'll be in the office in the 'Content Development' department, working on 'content'. I'll have two ladies assisting me.
After a chill life in Taichung and Xiamen, this is a big step moving to the Big Smoke. I'm nervous, excited and worried all in one.
I'm in my late 30s, really want to settle into a good career path for the next 5-10 years, and move away from actual teaching. This job seems to be the route (I turned down a high school job in Xiamen for half the pay, same hours).
1. Is life in Shanghai a'ight? I hear good and bad.
2. Am I being overworked for the salary?
3. Can't I just become a beach bum and chill by the ocean and mountains?
Salary is RMB20k/m after tax. Airfare is covered. A meagre 5 days paid leave and 5 days sick leave a year (WTF!!)
The two companies forming this joint venture are: http://www.knowledgeplatform.com/ and http://web.hand-china.com/en/web.asp?wid=83.