I first visited Taiwan around 18 years ago when I was still in college. At the time, my goal was to improve my Chinese skills, but, as most young people do, I also decided to teach English to make some money. At the time, I got a good job at ELS, which was the biggest buxiban at the time (they eventually got their butts kicked by ELSI and went out of business). The pay was good and the hours reasonable.
After teaching for a few months, I happened to stumble upon a job with a trading company helping with their communications and doing other odd jobs. The pay was only 1/2 of my English teaching pay.
So why am I telling you this? With the hindsight I now have, combined with the great wisdom I have accumulated since then, I can tell you with confidence that:
Teaching English was a waste of time. Sure I made a few local friends, and I made a little money. But the job in the trading company was far more useful to my “life experience” than teaching English ever could have been.
Anyways, in the end, this is just my opinion. But I hope some of you “youngsters” will think about this and keep it in mind when you have to decide between teaching English or getting a lower paid job in the real world of Taiwan.
Your responses/opinions are welcome.